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B Block

Dublin City University, St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin, Dublin 9

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Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (B Block and Sports Building Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of B Block.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are B Block and the Sports 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 not available.
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • 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 B Block.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the B Block entrance.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the B Block Car Park.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 146cm (4ft 9in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Car Park 4.
    • 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) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 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 (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • There are alternate sets of doors on entrance to your left which have a width of 182cm and to your right with a width of 172cm.
    • The doors to your left on entrance has alternate manual doors.
    • If you come from further to the right of the building you will have to overcome an additional 4 medium steps.
    • There is an alternative easy ramp in front of the entrance with a width of 92cm and a handrail on the right.
    • There is an alternative set of 4 medium steps in front of the entrance with a handrail on the left.

Route to the D Block Entrance from the A Block Main Entrance

  • On entering the building turn left past both the Auditorium and A Block entrances into B Block.
  • Head up the 7 medium, clearly marked medium steps with a handrail shown in photograph 1 to the left separating the A Block and B Block corridor.
  • Alternatively you can use the platform lift lift shown in photograph 2.
  • The dimensions of the platform lift are 88cm x 107cm and a key is required for use.
  • Continue along the corridor directly in front of you shown in photograph 3.
  • At the end of this corridor turn left and you will see a set of 155cm push pad automatic double doors that open towards you.
  • This leads to a small courtyard where you will see the entrance to the B Block Canteen from D Block directly in front of you.
  • The entrance from D Block can also be accessed from the alternate D Block entrance and also from the entrances into G Block via F Block and from the F
  • Block entrance.

Entrance (A Block)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located down the corridor to your left on entrance to Block A.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 280cm (9ft 2in).

Entrance (Auditorium)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to your left on entrance to A Block.
    • There is step free 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 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar entrance into room B139 which has a width of 140cm, shown in photograph 2.

Outside Access (Entrance From D Block)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of you upon exiting D Block into the external area next to the Lavazza Cafe.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • 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.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 7 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the upper part of B Block.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 6 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the auditorium stage.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
    • There is no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • 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.

Lift (B Block)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located between the upper and lower areas of B Block.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The lift is approximately 33m (36yd 3in) from the A Block entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 87cm x 107cm (2ft 10in x 3ft 6in).
  • 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 loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the D Block entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is varied hot lunches and assorted snacks.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the A Block entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the end of the corridor on entrance to B Block from A Block.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 130cm (6ft 3in x 4ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • 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 open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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).
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located down the entrance corridor from A Block.
    • 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 23m from the A Block entrance.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.