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(New) Hatcham House

Goldsmiths, University of London, 17-19 St James, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include The Department of Computing Office, Fellows Offices and a Seminar Room.
  • The building is located on St James Street.
    There are various maps/signage on campus which show the buildings with the accessible routes and is clearly marked.
    There is a map halfway up St James Street by the sloped path linking St James street with Laurie Grove, one by the Blue Badge bays on Dixon Street and various others.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Goldsmiths is located in New Cross, South East London on Lewisham Road, five miles from central London.

      From Central London take the A2 towards Dover via the Old Kent Road.
      At the end of Old Kent Road (on the New Cross Gate one-way system) turn into New Cross Road.
      Keep in the right hand lane and shortly after Sainsbury's take the A20 fork to Lewisham.
      Turn right at the traffic lights into Lewisham Way – Goldsmiths is on the left.

      From Kent, Surrey, Sussex, or north if using Blackwall Tunnel or Dartford River Crossing (southbound).
      Follow the A2 or A20 towards London (using M25 or South Circular road to join the nearest of these).
      On the A20, after passing through Lewisham, the Richard Hoggart Building is clearly visible on the left after about one mile.
      On the A2, follow the left turn after New Cross Station into Amersham Road, turn right at the traffic lights into Lewisham Way – Goldsmiths is on the left downhill.
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    • There is no public parking on the Goldsmiths campus.
      Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
      There are 2 on-street Blue Badge bays on Dixon Road, to the right of the Richard Hoggart Building, approximately 40m from the main entrance gate.
      Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.
  • By Bus View
    • The following buses stop outside Goldsmiths: 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436 and 453.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest over ground station is New Cross Rail Station and is approximately 5 minutes away.
      New Cross Gate rail station is also within travelling distance of Goldsmiths.
  • By Underground View
    • There is not an underground station within travelling distance of Goldsmiths.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in January 2022.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is not hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitisers are not available inside the venue.
  • There is not a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is not clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Toilets are available.

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.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Laurie Grove Car Park.
    • The car park is located at the end of Laurie Grove.
    • This Car Park is around 240m away and is available to authorised personnel (staff, contractors etc.) or for Blue Badge users.
      Users will need to contact the University in advance to arrange access 48hours or more before arrival.
      The car park has limited parking and a gated entrance with security.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 400cm (6ft 7in x 13ft 1in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Dixon Road.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on St James Street.
    • Photographs 1-3 show the Blue Badge bays (2) on Dixon Road which are 300m from Hatcham House.
      Laurie Grove and Dixon Road are both one-way roads with the former leading onto Dixon Road and back onto Lewisham Way.
      There is an accessibility map with the ideal accessible routes by the bays.
      Photographs 4-6 show the standard on-street parking along St James and the accessibility map with ideal accessible routes which is halfway up the road.
      Parking is restricted across entrance markings and between 8-9am and 2:00-4:30pm Monday to Friday as there is a school located on the street. Aside from those times, there is no signage or other road markings indicating restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Laurie Grove Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located within the gated entrance at the end of Laurie Grove.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are George Wood Theatre/Richard Hoggart 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) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 233cm x 492cm (7ft 8in x 16ft 2in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders, permit holders, staff permit holders and student 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 ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Hatcham House.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Hatcham House.
    • The nearest designated bay is 270m (295yd 10in) from the Hatcham House.
  • Comments View
    • This Car Park is only available to authorised personnel (staff, contractors etc.) and for Blue Badge holders.
      Users will need to contact the University in advance to arrange access 48hours or more before arrival.
      The Car Park has limited parking and a gated entrance with security.
    • At the time of survey the pedestrian entrance (normally gated), had no gate attached.
      The gate's width is 120cm and there is a slight slope.
      There are keycard readers at 120cm height.
    • There is an intercom for the Security Hut by the gate which has a button 94cm high.
      The key card reader is 98cm high.
      The gates are shown in photographs 1-3.
    • There are dropped kerbs and tactile paving by 2 of the 3 Blue Badge bays. The bays and dropped kerbs are shown in photographs 4-7.
    • Photographs 8 and 9 show the standard bays, some of which are tarmac and some which consist of loose gravel.
    • Photographs 10-12 show the signage by the Blue Badge Bays in the car park.
      There is directional signage and maps that show the best accessible route to the surrounding buildings.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building facing St James Street.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 145cm (4ft 9in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 111cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • 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 both sides.
    • The width of the ramp is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • 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 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a push-button to exit which is 110cm high.
    • The letterbox is signed as a key drop for The Department of Computing.
    • The steps have tactile paving at the top but not the bottom (photographs 5 and 6).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • 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
    • Photographs 1-4 show the corridors and manual doors.
    • The Department of Computing Office (photograph 5) is to the left as you enter, next to the lift.
      Staff are sometimes within the office and can be sought if assistance is needed.
      There is a key card reader on the door 110cm high.
    • There is a Seminar Room, Visiting Tutors Room and a Common Room on the ground floor.
    • The common room (photographs 6-8) has 1 step and a manual door 79cm wide to access it. This can be bypassed by the slope towards the toilets and then a manual door with a keypad lock. There is a table 77cm high and chairs and a kitchen counter 90cm high. There is a microwave, kettle, fridge and sink.
    • The 1st floor is comprised of offices whilst the 2nd floor has 2 self-video/ filming studios and a computer room.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located in front of the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 7m from the Hatcham House's main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on the first floor.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are 2 similar staircases next to each other as shown in photograph 1.
      The staircase on the left (photograph 2) has a mezzanine between G and 1 with The Department of Computing Staff Office and a Server Room which are not accessible.
      The mezzanine level only has one staff room.
      There is a door linking the staircases on the mezzanine level as shown in photograph 5.
      The staircases on the right does not go to Floor 2, which is where a Computer Room and 2 small self-filming studios are located, these are only reachable by the staircase on the left.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located by the main entrance and opposite the staircase.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 450kg.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 79cm x 143cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 8in).
  • 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 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 low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • The lift was out of order at the time of survey (January 2022), with very poor lighting levels.

Level Change (Common Room Step)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the rear of the building to access the common room.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • 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).

Level Change (To Accessible/ Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the main entrance past the stairs/lift and accesses the toilets.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the building, past the stairs and by the standard toilets.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the accessible toilet.
    • 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 good.
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 143cm x 190cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 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 60cm (1ft 12in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • 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 a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest and 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • 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 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • 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 102cm.
    • 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).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 102cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is poor.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor to the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 14m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.