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College of St. Hild & St. Bede, Hild Main Building

College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham, DH1 1SZ

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The college offers fully catered student accommodation, in several buildings. Meals are taken in the dining hall in the Caedmon Complex, which also contains a bar and Caedmon Hall, which is used as a theatre and a cinema.
    • The Lawrence Wing contains the student gym.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Durham.
  • The nearest mainline station is Durham.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The main car park for the college is the Lower Car Park, located further down the hill from the main building (shown in photograph 2).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).

Level Change (Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located between the two doors.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway of both doors.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Reception

  • There is not level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Level Change (Reception)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading to the reception area.
  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located throughout the ground floor.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are bedrooms, a library and reading rooms.

Junior Common Room (JCR)

  • The JCR is located on the ground floor along the corridor from reception.
  • It is used as a dance studio and rehearsal space.

The Alan Pearson Common Room

  • The Alan Pearson Common Room is located just beyond the JCR on the ground floor.
  • It contains seating, a TV, a snooker table, a table tennis table and a supply of daily newspapers.

The George Smith Reading Room

  • The George Smith Reading Room is located on the lower part of the ground floor, accessed by the internal steps.
  • It is open 24 hours a day during term time.

The Carol Carr Reading Room

  • The Carol Carr Reading Room is located next to the George Smith Reading Room.
  • It is used as a more informal study area and is also open 24 hours a day during term time.

The Postgraduate Common Room

  • The Postgraduate Common Room is located on the lower ground floor.
  • It is a study area, but is also a social area, used for drama rehearsals and club and society meetings.

Accommodation

  • Auxiliary Aids - general
  • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
  • Flashing alarms are available.
  • Vibrating pillows are available.
  • Flashing fire alarms are available on request.
  • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
  • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors
  • There are standard rooms on other floors.
  • The other floors cannot be accessed by lift.
  • Adjoining rooms are not available.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the side entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 220cm x 260cm (7ft 3in x 8ft 6in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste 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 both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are baby changing facilities available within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.