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STEM Centre

Kings Road Centre, City College Plymouth, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 5QG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Sports Science, Music Technology, Digital Media, Computer Science and Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Marine Technologies, Science, the STEM Hub, the Technical Theatre and the STEM Café.
  • This building is linked to the Kings Road Centre main building on the ground floor.
  • The following rooms within the STEM Centre have wide screens available; KS113, KS117, KS222, KS223, KS224, KS225, KS226, KS303, KS306, KS317, KS322 and KS406.
  • Related link Kings Road Centre.
  • Https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/kings-road-centre
  • Related link STEM Hub.
  • Https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/stem-hub

Getting Here

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Front Visitors Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front of the STEM Centre, off Kings Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are STEM Centre and Stars Hair and Day Spa.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 365cm x 510cm (11ft 12in x 16ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the rear of the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
    • To see more information on parking policies please click here (opens new tab).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the STEM Centre.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the STEM Centre.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the STEM Centre main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Parking charges only apply during term time.
    • Parking is free out of term time.
    • This car park is also used as a drop off area.
    • Payment by phone can be made viahttps://www.paybyphone.co.uk/
    • It also contains 2 electric charging bays (photograph 6).

Site/Campus Car Park (Rear Visitors Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the STEM Centre.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are STEM Centre & PL1 and The Hospitality Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 365cm x 445cm (11ft 12in x 14ft 7in).
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the rear of the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
    • To see more information on parking policies please click here (opens new tab).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access to the car park from the STEM Centre.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the STEM Centre.
    • The nearest designated bay is 53m (57yd 2ft) from the STEM Centre rear entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Parking charges only apply during term time.
    • Parking is free out of term time.
    • Payment by phone can be made viahttps://www.paybyphone.co.uk/.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the campus, off Kings Road.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • There are also automatic revolving doors at this entrance, to the left of the main accessible door (photograph 6). There is a button, 91cm high, available here to slow the speed the door rotates if required.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the back of the building, leading from the rear visitor's car park and PL1.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 186cm (6ft 1in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located around the side and very rear of the building, leading to the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located leading up to the entrance from the rear visitors car park and PL1.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is no dropped kerb leading from the rear visitor's car park and PL1 to the ramp.

Reception (Main College Reception)

  • The Main College Reception is located just inside the main 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 bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Comments View
    • There is a waiting area opposite the desk, which contains seats with arm rests (photograph 4).
    • The area to the left as you face the reception desk contains open desk interview/consultation areas and interview rooms.
    • Beyond that is the Kings Road Centre main building main corridor (photograph 5).

Eating and Drinking (STEM Café)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Rear Entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • The type of food served here is sandwiches, hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located on the ground floor in the atrium, just inside the rear entrance, or just past reception from the main entrance. The nearest table to the main entrance is 18 metres.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located directly to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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 is also a staircase towards the rear of the building, which contains refuge points (photograph 2).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located straight ahead from main entrance, on the far side of the STEM Café.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 160cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 3in).
  • 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 medium.

Getting Around (Ground Floor - Sports Science and Music Technology)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There are not 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.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The majority of the desks in the teaching areas throughout the college can have the height altered.
    • Photograph 1 shows the Sports Sciences Laboratory.
    • Photographs 2 and 3 show the entrance to the Music Technology section.
    • Photograph 4 shows the Music Technology corridor.
    • Photograph 5 shows a Music Technology Recording Studio and photograph 6 shows the Control Room for the Recording Studio.

Getting Around (First Floor - Digital Media and Maths Excellence)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the first floor.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 2 shows the Project Room Technology Showcase Pod.
    • Photograph 3 shows the Digital Media Laboratory.
    • Photographs 4 and 5 show the Digital Workshop and Laboratory Space.
    • Photograph 6 shows the Student Breakout Area.
    • Photograph 7 shows the entrance to the STEM Hub, located along the corridor on the right as you exit the lift, between the Technology Showcase Pod and the Staff Area. The entrance is 135 cm wide.

Getting Around (Second Floor - Computer Science and Technology)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the second floor.
    • There are not 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 2 shows one of the 4 Edit Suites available.
    • Photograph 3 shows one of the General Classrooms.
    • Photograph 4 shows the Information Technology Classroom.
    • Photograph 5 shows one of the Software Computer Workshops.
    • Photograph 6 shows the Student Breakout Area.

Getting Around (Third Floor - Advanced Manufacturing and Marine Technology)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the third floor.
    • There are not 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 2 shows the Technology Laboratory.
    • Photograph 3 shows one of the General Classrooms.
    • Photographs 4 and 5 show the STEM Centre Conference Room.
    • Photograph 6 shows the Student Breakout Area.

Getting Around (Fourth Floor - Science)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the fourth Floor.
    • There are not 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • All of the laboratories on this floor contain a height adjustable bench.
    • Photograph 2 shows the height adjustable bench in the General Purpose Laboratory. Photograph 3 shows another view of this lab.
    • Photograph 4 shows the Bio-Sciences Laboratory.
    • Photograph 5 shows the Biology Library.
    • Photograph 6 shows the Student Breakout Area.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located along the central corridor, just past the lift.
    • There are identical toilets in same location on all other floors.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 227cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 5in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 140cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the second floor, the third floor and the fourth floor.
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in the toilet area on the ground floor, just past the lifts.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 35m from the main entrance.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the right.
    • There is sufficient standing space in the cubicle for ambulant disabled people.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • The shared toilets on the first floor do not contain ambulant cubicles (photograph 4).