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Brunel Building

Harrow on the Hill Campus, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3AQ

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 06:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 06:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 06:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Harrow on the Hill.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Harrow on the Hill.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Harrow on the Hill.

Parking (Main)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the left as you face the 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 450cm x 500cm (14ft 9in x 16ft 5in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 23m (25yd 6in) from the main 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 block paving.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Harrow College Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the far right of the Brunel Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 156cm (5ft 1in).

Outside Access (Courtyard Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the courtyard in the centre of campus.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Courtyard 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 slight.
  • Comments View
    • To reach this entrance there is a pushpad operated door at the top of the Armstrong to Brunel building ramp on the right hand side (as shown in photograph 2).
    • Beyond this is an easy slope ramp with handrails on both sides leading to the courtyard (as shown in photograph 3, 4 and 5).
    • The entrance referred to above is to the right as you reach the end of this ramp.

Outside Access (Internal Brunel Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located beyond the ramp that leads from the Armstrong building to the Brunel building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 labs located on the ground floor of the Brunel Building in rooms B045, B046 and B047.
    • Labs B046 and B047 are shown in photographs 4 and 5.
    • All 3 labs are of a similar layout.
    • All seating in the labs are stalls.
    • The height of the stalls are 62cm.
    • There is a knee recess underneath the workbenches which are at a height of 84cm (shown in photograph 6).
    • There are sinks, gas outlets and plug sockets placed at the far side of all workbenches.
    • There are further worktops at the rear of the lab at a height of 85cm.
    • These worktops include sinks, soap dispensers (108cm high) and paper towel dispensers (105cm high) at the rear of the worktop which may be difficult for a wheelchair user to reach (shown in photograph 8).
    • There are cupboards above these worktops placed at a height of 150cm. These are used to store microscopes and other lab equipment.
    • There are coat hooks placed at a height of 174cm, used to hang lab coats (shown in photograph 9).
    • There is also a science prep room located at the rear, which is for use of technicians only (shown in photograph 10).

Level Change (Internal Entrance to Brunel Ground Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located directly beyond the internal Brunel entrance.
  • 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 have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).

Level Change (Brunel Ground Floor to Cafe Harrow)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you reach the bottom of the internal entrance to Brunel ground floor ramp.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • 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.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the steps.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 410kg.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the car park entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • The lift is key card operated.
    • The height of the card reader is 80cm.

Level Change (Brunel Ground Floor to Rooms B023 and B026)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you reach the bottom of the internal entrance to Brunel ground floor ramp at the end of the corridor past the standard toilets.
  • There is/are 5 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Level Change (Brunel Ground Floor to Lecture Theatre Level)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located opposite the accessible toilet.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • 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.
  • 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 to the right as you reach the top of the ramp.
  • There is/are 3 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up the step(s).

Lecture Theatre

  • There is designated seating at the front of the lecture theatre as shown in photograph 3.
  • There is no flashing fire alarm.
  • There is staggered seating.
  • There is level access to the front speaking area.
  • The desks are 72cm high.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you reach the top of the Brunel ground floor to lecture theatre stairs.
    • The stairs are approximately 58m from the Armstrong Building main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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 EFL.
  • Comments View
    • There is no lift to access these floors.
    • There is an additional similar set of stairs located to the right as you enter through the courtyard entrance (shown in photograph 3).

Lift (Lift to G, 1 and 2)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter through the courtyard entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 410kg.
  • The lift is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the courtyard 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 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not 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.
  • Comments View
    • The lift is key card operated.
    • The height of the card reader is 80cm.

Lift (Lift to G and 1)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the Brunel west wing.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 42m (45yd 2ft) from the courtyard entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

Level Change (Lecture Theatre Level to Image Salon)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located opposite the lecture theatre.
  • There is/are 7 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 a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs lead to the ground floor of the Image Salon Building.

Level Change (First Floor Corridor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located along the main corridor on the first floor.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • 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 the right going up the step(s).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is tactile, Braille and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the Internal Brunel Entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of the building opposite the Brunel ground floor to rooms B023 and B026 level change.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 178cm x 200cm (5ft 10in x 6ft 7in).
    • There is not 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 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, waste paper pedal bin 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 for the toilet.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 85cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • This adapted toilet also has a ceiling track hoist fitted.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you reach the bottom of the internal Brunel entrance to Brunel ground floor ramp.
    • The female and male toilets are 28m (30yd 1ft) from the internal Brunel entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Staff do receive Deaf Awareness training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 3.