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Engineering and Computing Sciences

South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences - labs, workshops and teaching rooms, plus general use Lecture Theatres and the Engineering Cafe. There are 2 buildings here, the Higginson Building and the Christopherson Building, linked by a bridge on level 2.
  • Related link Christopherson Building Extension.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-university/christopherson-building-extension
  • Comments View
    • The Christopherson Building Extension is linked internally to the Christopherson Building.

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 not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of the Higginson Building entrance.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 450cm (13ft 1in x 14ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 26m (28yd 1ft) from the Higginson Building entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 33m (36yd 3in) from the Higginson Building entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • 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
    • There are also 2 designated bays located approximately 73m to the right when facing the Christopherson Building main entrance.

Outside Access (Higginson Building 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) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 132cm (4ft 4in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • 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 164cm (5ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors are often held open during the summer and events.
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Level Change (Higginson Building Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Christopherson Building Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite the Math's and IT Building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 175cm (5ft 9in).

Level Change (Christopherson Building Front Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not 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 both sides.

Reception (School Of Engineering and Computing Sciences)

  • The desk/counter is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Higginson Building entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The School Office is located on level 2 of the Higginson Building.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 16:45.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:45.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:45.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 16:45.
    • Friday 09:00 - 16:45.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There is an Open Access Computing Area E222, located in the Christopherson Building on level 2.
    • There is level access via the lift.

Lecture Theatres E005, E101 and E102

  • There is level access to Lecture Theatre E005.
  • It is located straight ahead as you enter through the Christopherson Building main entrance.
  • There is level access via lift to Lecture Theatres E101 and E102, within the Christopherson Building on level 1, located to the right when exiting the lift.
  • All of the lecture theatres have hearing loop systems installed.
  • There are tables at the bottom of the lecture theatres that can be easily removed / adjusted for a wheelchair user.
  • The steps leading up to additional seating are deep with no handrails.

Other Floors (Higginson Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located ahead and to the right as you enter via the building main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 18m from the main entrance.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • The services on other floors which are not accessible include labs on level 1, staff offices and teaching rooms on level 3.

Other Floors (Christopherson Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter through the Christopherson Building entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the Christopherson Building entrance.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are rooms E320 - E333.
  • Comments View
    • There are stairs at the front of the building and in the centre.

Lift (Christopherson Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Christopherson Building front entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 116cm x 146cm (3ft 10in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop 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 medium.

Level Change (Link Between Christopherson and Higginson Building)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on level 2.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads up from the rear of the Christopherson Building to the bridge leading to the Higginson Building.
    • There is also an easy ramp on the bridge, shown in photograph 2.

Level Change (Christopherson Building - Project Laboratory E397)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you exit the lift.
  • There is/are 2 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 deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Eating and Drinking (Engineering 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 not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Higginson Building entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 39cm (1ft 3in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 69cm (2ft 3in).
  • The standard height for tables is 39cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are 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 hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located on level 2 of the Higginson Building.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:15 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 09:15 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 09:15 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 09:15 - 16:30.
    • Friday 09:15 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Outside Access (Christopherson Building Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite the HR Training Team Building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 1 of the building, next to Lecture Theatres E101 and E102.
    • It can be used to access the rear entrance of the Christopherson Building Extension.

Level Change (Christopherson Building Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • 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 both sides.

Level Change (Access to the Christopherson Rear Entrances)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the rear of the building.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 145cm (4ft 9in).

Accessible Toilet (Higginson Building)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Higginson Building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the Higginson Building entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from building reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 172cm x 305cm (5ft 8in x 10ft).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is no dropdown rail.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 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 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot 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 good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Higginson Building)

Standard Shower (Christopherson Building)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on level 2, 4m to the right when exiting the lift.

Standard Toilet(s) (Christopherson Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 1, right as you exit the lift.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the Christopherson Building main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are further male and female toilets at the rear of level 1. There are also male toilets on levels 2 and 3.

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.