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Goldsmiths, University of London, Laurie Grove, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Postgraduate Fine Art Studios, The Department of Media and Communications, The Centre for Urban and Community Research, The Centre for Cultural Studies and Seminar Rooms.
  • The building is located on Laurie Grove and there are various maps/signage which show the buildings on campus with the accessible routes clearly marked.
    There is a map/sign at the entrance to Laurie Grove Car Park and also at the bottom of Laurie Grove and Dixon Road where they meet Lewisham Way/ New Cross Road.

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 a reception desk occasionally manned by security near the entrances.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are wall mounted.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 115cm.
  • 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 a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors 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 available to authorised personnel (staff, contractors etc.) and 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.
  • 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 Laurie Grove.
    • Photographs 1-3 show the Blue Badge Bays (2) on Dixon Road which are 170m from Laurie Grove Baths Building.
      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 4-8 show the standard on-street parking along Laurie Grove and the accessibility maps with ideal accessible routes which are at the top and bottom of the road.
      The first 25m of Laurie Grove is a 'red route' with restrictions on parking from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm. Cars can park for 1 hour maximum with no return within 2 hours. Outside of these times there are no restrictions. The bays are not individually spaced.
      The majority of Laurie Road after the first 25m has unrestricted parking along one side of the road.
      There are no road markings or signage that indicate 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 Laurie Grove Baths building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Laurie Grove Baths building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 142m (155yd 11in) from the Laurie Grove Baths building.
  • Comments View
    • This car park is only available to authorised personnel (staff, contractors etc.) or for Blue Badge holders. They 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 key card readers 120cm high for the gate.
    • There is an intercom for the security hut by the gate which has a button 94cm high.
      The key card reader are 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 tarmacked 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 right-hand side of the building facing onto Laurie Grove.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 133cm (4ft 4in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 68cm (2ft 3in).
  • 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 2 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 not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The push-button to exit is 112cm high.
    • There is wall-mounted hand sanitiser at 115cm high at this entrance.
    • The entrance has iron gates before the steps/doors which are permanently held open.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front left-hand side of the building facing onto Laurie Grove.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in).
  • 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.
    • The ramp is portable.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 136cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • The entrance has iron gates before the ramp/doors which are permanently held open.
    • The portable ramp is 34cm long. It is not secured in place and has no markings.
    • The door has pictorial and written signage for this accessible entrance. The push-button to exit is 110cm high.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There are 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 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 the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a small room (with a few seats opposite reception) with two manual, heavy, single doors which are 84cm wide that link the main and accessible entrance which is shown in photograph 1 and 2.
    • This can be used to access the North staircase (by the main entrance) which has a stairlift to Floor 1. Assistance would be needed for wheelchair users as there are 3 steps to access the lift with both entrances on a slightly higher level.
    • Photograph 3 shows the clearly signposted facilities/areas by the main entrance.
    • G05 (Small Pool) and the Large Pool have been converted into art studios with various partition walls as shown in photograph 5.

Reception

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the accessible or main entrances.
  • 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 low to moderate.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The counter is 104cm high. There are identical counters on either side of the Reception office the accessible and main entrances.
    • At the time of survey (January 2022), the reception was only staffed periodically by security staff.
    • There is a small room with a couple of chairs by reception as shown in photograph 3 and this room links the main and accessible entrances.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located by the main and accessible entrances.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the 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 and on the second floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • This staircase by the main entrance has a stairlift which can be used to access Level 1.
      Assistance could be needed as from either entrance there are 3 steps to access the lift.
      The staircase can be reached from the accessible entrance via 2 manual doors.
      The staircase accesses The Department of Art studios (halfway up the staircase), Room 106 Council Room, 101 Sociology and the doorway to the stairs for level 2 and is shown in photographs 1-4.
      The other staircase by the accessible entrance leads to room LGB 107, 119 and the Department of Art, however this staircase does not have a stairlift and has a handrail on the right only. The staircase is 5m from the accessible entrance. It is shown in photographs 5-7.
      The staircase from Floor 1 to 2 has stairs 18cm high and a handrail on the left going up. It accesses rooms 2.1 and 2.2 and is entered via the door at the top of the staircase with the stairlift. It is shown in photographs 8-11.
      Due to the low roof on floor 2, the doorway at the top of the stairs has an angled doorframe that is 136cm to 204cm high. This can be a hazard.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the bottom of the stairs by the main entrance. There are 3 steps to access it from the main or accessible entrances.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 150kg.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 116cm x 80cm (3ft 10in x 2ft 7in).
  • 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 low to moderate.

Level Change (Access to Rooms G03, G06 and the CUCR Research Office)

  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the corridor past the staircase by the main entrance. It leads to rooms G03, G06.
  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • 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).
  • Comments View
    • There are manual, heavy double doors (with one leaf locked) that are 70cm wide to access the level change and rooms.
    • There are two identical sets of steps either side of room G03, so 8 steps in total are used to access G06.
    • Beyond the 8 steps there is a spiral staircase with open risers up to the Research Office (CUCR). The steps are 18cm high and are not clearly marked. They do have a handrail on the right-hand side.
    • There are 22 steps in total and the area at the top of the staircase is poorly lit.

Level Change (Access to Large Pool (LG Art Studios))

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the accessible entrance leading down to the LG floor.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • 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 the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp gives access to a room named 'Large Pool' which is used for partitioned Art Studios.
    • The corridor in this area runs alongside the side of the partitioned studios and is shown in photograph 4.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor just inside the accessible entrance. There is a single, manual door that opens outwards and is 85cm wide to access the area with standard and accessible toilets. This door has braille, pictorial, tactile and written signage for the toilets.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 245cm (6ft 7in x 8ft).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • 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 the right.
    • 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) to the left of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • 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 97cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is fair.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • The light switch is on a pull-cord with the lowest point being 102cm high.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor by the accessible entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the accessible entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 91cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • There is a single, manual door that opens outwards and is 85cm wide to access the area with standard and accessible toilets. This door has braille, pictorial, tactile and written signage for the toilets. The lighting levels between this door and the entrance to the toilets is low to moderate.These toilets are shown in photographs 1-6.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The shared toilet is located on the first floor by the staircase to floor 2.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 24m from the main entrance.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 77cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • These toilets are shown in photographs 7-9.