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Main Reception

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

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Site/Campus Car Park (Car Park A)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located directly outside the main reception, off Whittingham Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Block 1, Block 9, Block 10 and Block 11.
    • 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) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 372cm x 600cm (12ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors 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 sloped access to the car park from the main reception.
    • The nearest designated bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the main reception entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Parking is free for all staff and visitors. The car park is not open to students unless they display a valid Blue Badge. The car park operates via a barrier system which can be operated via key card. Visitors can use the call button on the barrier to contact reception to open the barriers. Additionally, there is a dropped kerb leading from the car park to the main reception entrance.

Outside Access (Main Reception Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of Block 1, off car park A.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 push pad activated when entering.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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.

Reception

  • The main reception is located directly ahead as you enter the main reception entrance.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main reception entrance.
  • 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 varied.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

College Campus Entrance Barriers

  • Access to the main college campus is via automated barriers which are opened with student cards. The barriers are 70cm wide. There are wider accessible barriers located at either end of the barrier system which have a width of 92cm (photograph 3 and 4).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • There are no 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 no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some 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 all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilets are located in Block 1.