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Block 10

Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3NA

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the A458 Stourbridge to Quinton / Birmingham Road, turn north onto Furnace Lane at the roundabout, just north of Halesowen town centre. Continue along Furnace Lane, past The Earls High School and up the hill. Turn left into Whittingham Road just past the common. The entrance to the college is on the right.
    • Parking is available for staff and visitors. Generally, students are not permitted to use the College car parks, but are allowed in special circumstances. Please contact the college if this is required.
  • By Bus View
    • The College provides a free bus service from a wide range of areas. The service operates at the beginning and end of each College day and at lunchtime.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Old Hill, although Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis have step free access. These stations are served by London Midland trains from Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Dorridge, Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. Buses are available from these stations to stops close to the college.
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Useful Information

Outside Access (Ground Floor Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the life studies courtyard, at the side off the building.
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 190cm (6ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Outside Access (First Floor Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, opposite Block 11.
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 173cm (5ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • 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 clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located in the entrance lobby.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the ground floor 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the entrance lobby.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the first floor 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 102cm x 145cm (3ft 4in 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.

Outside Access (SLDD)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor opposite Block 9.
    • 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

SLDD

  • This area is on the ground floor of Block 10.
  • It is designed to teach independent living.
  • This area is a mock flat with bedroom, living room and kitchen.

Accessible Changing Room (SLDD)

  • There is a Changing Places facility available.
  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the ground floor in the accessible apartment.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the SLDD lounge entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the SLDD lounge.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 400cm x 300cm (13ft 1in x 9ft 10in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; a changing table/bench, a chair/stool, handrails, a dropdown rail, a toilet, a wash basin and a wheel in shower.
  • Other fixtures/facilities available include; a height adjustable sink and a dropdown seat in the shower.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).

Accessible Shower (SLDD)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the SLDD changing room.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails, a shower chair and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; dropdown rails on both sides.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (SLDD Changing Room)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • This is a Clos-o-Mat toilet.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the SLDD entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the SLDD changing room.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 400cm x 300cm (13ft 1in x 9ft 10in).
    • 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 280cm (9ft 2in).
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • 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 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 51cm (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 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

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 and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the first floor entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the main corridor on the first 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 222cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • 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 both sides.
    • 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 45cm (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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 contrast between the dropdown 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)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor, next to the accessible toilet.
    • 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 15m from the first floor entrance.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.