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Hugh Nisbet Building

Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in the Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Curriehill.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The Riccarton Campus is located on the western edge of Edinburgh.

Parking (Third Gait)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located on the west side of the building off Third Gait.
    • 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 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 490cm x 480cm (16ft 1in x 15ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the West Side - Gait 3 entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the West Side - Gait 3 entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (West Side Entrance - Third Gait)

  • Entrance View
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 width of the ramp is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Outside Access (James Watt Centre Link Bridge)

  • This information is for the entrance located at first floor level at the south side of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the 1st floor of the building.

Outside Access (Scott Russell Building Link)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor level at the north end of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor of the building.

Outside Access (East Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at ground floor level opposite Linlithgow Hall.
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 142cm (4ft 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 gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is 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.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The Learning Commons area is located on the ground floor of the building, next to the Elements cafe. It is a supported study and learning area providing spaces for collaborative and social study. It has computer terminal points, desks and easy sitting areas. There are three group study rooms.
    • The Student Services office is located on the main corridor on the ground floor. The counter is low.
    • The Student Wellbeing Services, including the Disability Service, are located on the ground floor off the main corridor.
    • The Assistive Technology Room is located opposite the Learning Commons Service Desk. Enquiries should be made to the Student Wellbeing Service.
    • The Advice Hub is located next to the main staircase opposite the cafe.
    • The Accommodation Office, Cedar Room, Oak Room and Beech Room, and the College Lounge/Bar are located on the second floor. ?.

Counter (The Learning Commons)

  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • The Learning Commons is located in the learning commons area by the cafe.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Counter (Advice Hub)

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Advice Hub entrance.
  • Advice Hub is located opposite Elements food outlet, next to the Learning Commons.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The Advice Hub is a safe and secure space where you can go for a range of services and advice. The advisors, will always give the best help possible, and if there’s something they can’t help you with, they’ll direct you to an expert.
    • They may be busy with another student when you drop by, but you can always make an appointment.
    • The Hub aim to reply to all emails within 48 hours (excluding weekends). To make an appointment email [email protected] or message via Facebook: Advice Hub HW Union .
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

The Shop

  • The shop is located on the main corridor on the ground floor of the Hugh Nisbet building.
  • The aisles in the shop are all greater than 100cm wide and there is good manoeuvring space.
  • The main counter is 102cm. There are detachable card readers.
  • There are self-service tills with controls, card reader and touch screen all between 100cm and 150cm.
  • The shop stocks a range of food and essentials including bread, milk and fruit, a wide range of sandwiches, salads, pastas and pasties with vegan, gluten-free and halal options available.
  • The Shop also stocks stationery, Heriot-Watt branded clothing, newspapers, magazines, essential toiletries, stamps (including international stamps) and a selection of beers, wine and spirits (please note we operate a Challenge 25 policy on campus).

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located on the main corridor by the James Watt building link.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a small staircase with single heavy doors from G to 1 in the Learning Commons (photographs 5 and 6). There are fire escape staircase giving access to floors B, G, 1 and 2 by the main food outlets to the west side of the building and by Lecture Theatre 4 (photographs 7 and 8), used mainly as fire escape staircases.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the basement and third floor service areas.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the south end of the building in the Learning Commons area and link bridge.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, M,1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the entrance from the Link Bridge.
  • 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 156cm x 149cm (5ft 1in 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does 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 bright.

Eating and Drinking (College Lounge)

  • The following information is for the café/bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 35cm (1ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The College Lounge is located on the second floor (level 3 in the lift).
    • Other catering venues are available in the building:-
    • For the Central Food Court please click here *link accessable.co.uk
    • For Cafe Brio please click here *link accessable.co.uk
    • For Elements please click here *link accessable.co.uk
    • For The Piece please click here *link accessable.co.uk.

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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the ground floor corridor.
    • There is a similar accessible toilet with transfer space to the left near the main food hall. This toilet also offers baby changing facilities, with the changing table being 90cm high.
    • There is 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in 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 80cm (2ft 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 sensor.
    • 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 general domestic waste 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 placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (Learning Commons)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 55m (60yd 5in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of the learning commons area, by The Elements cafe.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 315cm x 215cm (10ft 4in x 7ft 1in).
    • 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 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • 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 general domestic waste 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 the left.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 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).
    • 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).
  • 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 fair.
    • 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the ground floor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 29m (31yd 2ft) from the entrance from the Link Bridge.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are standard toilets, with washing facilities, on the basement level, next to the Muslim Prayer Room.
    • There are further standard toilets near the stairs and on the second floor.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • The Union Shop is located on the ground floor.
    • It is open 08.00 - 22.00 Monday - Friday and 09.30 - 22.00 at weekends during term time.
    • During the Holidays it is open 08.00 - 18.00 weekdays and 10.00 - 14.00 at weekends.
    • There is also a bookshop, bank, Insurance Office and Hairdressers located on the ground floor.