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William Arrol Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include School of the Built Environment.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in the Riccarton Campus.
  • The nearest mainline station is Curriehill.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The Riccarton Campus is located on the western edge of Edinburgh.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the side of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 450cm (13ft 1in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (32ft 10in) from the entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 17m (19yd) from the 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 tarmac.
    • 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 (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance )

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at either side of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located between the road and entrance.
  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Adapted Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in) wide.

Level Change (Adapted Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The Edwin Chadwick Building shares an internal link with the William Arrol Building.

Crush Area

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Level Change (Steps and Ramp to Level 1)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the standard male toilets.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the right of the standard male toilets.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are low.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • Comments View
    • There is a gate at the top of the ramp which is wide enough for a wheelchair to access.

Lift

  • The lift is located ahead as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3-4.
  • The lift is 9m (29ft 6in) from main entrance.
  • The clear door width is 116cm (3ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 178cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 10in).
  • 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 controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accessible Toilet (Level 2)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 13m (14yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to your left as you exit the lift on level 2.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens sliding.
    • 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 155cm x 200cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 7in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 male accessible cubicles within this toilet, which are very similar in layout.
    • These are the details for the one to your left as you enter.
    • The lateral transfer space of the one to your right as you enter is located on the left. .

Accessible Toilet (Level 3)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 14m (15yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on level 3 to your right as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to the 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 260cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 6in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 62cm (2ft 0in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is 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 grab rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a standard shower cubicle in this toilet. See Shower section for further details.
    • There is an identical adapted toilet with standard shower in the same location on level 4.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.