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School of Arts

43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

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Introduction

  • English and Humanities Departments
    European Cultures and Languages
    History of Art
    Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Iberian and Latin American Studies.
  • Basement - Teaching Rooms, Offices, Lecture Theatre GOR B04
    Ground Floor - Teaching Rooms, Offices, Cafe, Cinema, Peltz Gallery
    First Floor - Teaching Rooms, Offices
    Second Floor - Teaching Rooms, Offices
    Third Floor - Teaching Rooms, Offices
    Fourth Floor - Offices.
  • Comments View
    • A portable hearing loop system can be requested at the AV Office.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the basement floor.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the basement and the second floor.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the basement and the first floor.
  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor and the third floor.
  • Parent and baby changing facilities are located on the basement floor.

Centrally Timetabled Spaces

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Centrally Timetabled Spaces (Cont 1)

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • This building is located in the Bloomsbury area of Central London, on Gordon Square. This street is close to the Euston Road (A501) and also Upper Woburn Place (A4200) and Gordon Street.
    • On street parking is available on Gordon Square.
  • By Bus View
    • This building can be accessed via a number of London Bus routes, including bus 10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station), 59 (Streatham Hill to King's Cross Station), 68 (West Norwood Station to Euston Bus Station), 91 (Crouch End to Trafalgar Square) and 168 (Royal Free Hospital to Old Kent Road).
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway stations are Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross Stations. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the building using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest tube stations are Euston Square (on the Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines), Euston (on the Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (on the Piccadilly line).
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Gordon Square.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The parking is restricted to resident permit holders only from 08:30 - 18:30 from Monday - Friday and 08:30 - 13:30 on Saturday.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Gordon Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 184cm (6ft).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 2 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium.
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a gate that is permanently held open and has a width of 82cm to access the ramp.
    • The main entrance to the Peltz Gallery is located between the two entrance doors.

Reception

  • The main reception is located to your left on entrance.
  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are good.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating with armrests and a coffee table at the height of 36cm located in the reception waiting area.

Getting Around (Floors B & G)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to G04 and G05.
    • The ramp can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to B02, and Stairwell G basement toilets.
    • The width of the ramp is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • The ramp can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to reach the majority of the basement floor from the lift.
    • The ramp is in two parts. The first part leads to B06 and has no handrails. The second part leads to the rest of the majority of the basement floor and has handrails on both sides. This can be seen in photographs 3 and 4.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does play background music.
    • Music is played in the Aspretto Cafe.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • A portable hearing loop can be requested from the AV Office.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is an easy ramp with handrails on the right going up to reach the reading room and provide step-free access to B03 and the front of lecture theatre B04. This can be seen in photograph 5.
    • There is a ramp to the accessible toilet in stairwell A of the basement floor. This ramp is easy, has no handrails and a width of 100cm. This can be seen in photograph 6.

Peltz Gallery

  • The gallery is located between the first and second entrance doors.
  • It is accessed via a heavy door that opens towards you (pull) to a width of 86cm.
  • The gallery consists of a small open area within which artwork is displayed.

Getting Around (Floor 1-4)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • There is a steep ramp, with no handrails, for access to 114.
    • The width of the ramp is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The ramp can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 104, 105 and 106.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to 211, 212 and 213.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 3.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 medium steps leading to room 123a on the first floor. These can be seen in photograph 4.
    • There are also 4 medium steps with a handrail on the left leading to room 327m. These can be seen in photograph 5.
    • The corridor leading to rooms 208-213 is only 70cm at its narrowest point.
    • The corridor leading to rooms 305a - 3090a is only 69cm in width.
    • The corridor leading to rooms 324-329 is only 63cm in width (photograph 6).
    • On the fourth floor there are no corridors. All rooms are located off the separate stairwells of staircases A-J.
    • The is no way to access a room located within another stairwell except to take the steps to the third floor and then take the appropriate stairwell to that room.

Eating and Drinking (Gordan Square Cafe)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the café.
    • The café is located on the ground floor of the School of Arts.
    • There is step-free access to the café.
    • For access there is a single automatic door which is push pad activated.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 90cm.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the lowest dining table is 72cm.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the highest dining table is 103cm.
    • There are also coffee tables.
    • The surface height of the lowest table is 40cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is laminate.
    • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of the survey (November 2021) the café was closed.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are numerous staircases marked A-J throughout the building. Some of the staircases from the basement floor to the ground floor have handrails on both sides (photograph 2). There are smaller separate staircases from the third floor to the fourth floor (photograph 4).
  • Comments View
    • On staircase B (which goes between 1-2-3-4 floors only) there is room 126m between the first and second floors and 230a between the second and third.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1, 2, 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 96cm x 134cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Lift (Cinema)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left on leaving the foyer.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, M, G.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400 kg.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • The lift door is manual, opens outwards and may be difficult to open.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 103cm x 150cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.
  • Comments View
    • The lift provides level access to the cinema foyer, the front of the cinema and the basement floor.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Basement Staircase A - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the basement floor, at the bottom of staircase A.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from main reception.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is fair.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 89cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Basement - Staircase G - Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to your right when you exit the lift on the basement floor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 212cm x 183cm (6ft 11in x 6ft).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 148cm (4ft 10in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 132cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 94cm.
  • Comments View
    • The depth of the room is 83cm on the left hand side but changes diagonally so that to the right of the cubicle the width is 176cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the basement floor, at the bottom of staircase A.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 34m from the main lift.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is available.
    • There are horizontal wall mounted rails available on both sides of the toilet.
    • The ambulant toilet does not have vertical wall mounted grab rails.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 76cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.