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Hall Building and The Zone

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PE

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From junction 11 of the M11, take the A1309 towards Cambridge City Centre. After 1.5 miles, turn right into Long Road (A1134). After a mile, turn left into Hills Road. The college is located approximately half a mile along Hills Road, on the left.
    • No parking is available to students, except Blue Badge holders. There is a car park for visitors at the front of the site, off Hills Road, and a staff car park to the side off Purbeck Road, which can be used by Blue Badge holders by prior arrangement with the college. There is a public multi-storey car park located nearby.
  • By Bus View
    • Citi 1 or Citi 7 buses from the city centre stop directly outside the college, as does the Babraham Park and Ride route.
  • By Train View
    • Cambridge Station is approximately half a mile away from the college. The Citi 1 or the Park and Ride buses can be used to get to the college from here. Cambridge served by trains to London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street, as well as Kings Lynn, Norwich and Ipswich.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Friday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Parking (Staff Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located true.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do 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 453cm x 473cm (14ft 10in x 15ft 6in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 44m (48yd 4in) from the car park entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 54m (59yd 2in) from the car park entrance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • Comments View
    • This car park is for staff permit holders, but students with disabilities can park here. They must apply for a permit, which is free.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in).

Outside Access (Atrium Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the car park entrance.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • The Atrium is a silent study area at the rear of the Bradfield Centre, between the car park entrance and the Student Learning Zone.

Level Change (Car Park and Atrium Entrances)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrances.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrances.
  • There is/are 2 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 shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Outside Access (The Zone Area Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • 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.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).

Level Change (The Zone Area Main 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.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Outside Access (Hall Building Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the corner of the Quadrangle.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Outside Access (Quadrangle Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the far corner of the Quadrangle.
  • 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing loop is fixed in the Hall and the Colin Hill Recital Room.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the Hall.
    • Photograph 2 shows the Colin Hill Recital Room.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the automatic double doors located at the far end of the Psychology Corridor from the Car Park entrance.
    • These doors lead into the main area of The Zone, the Student Services reception, Café Direct and The Zone Area main entrance.
    • These doors are 134 cm wide.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located next to The Zone Area main entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp leads up to The Zone Area from the Hall Building.

Reception (Student Services)

  • Student Services is located to the left as you enter The Zone Area main entrance.
  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Zone Area main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The Reception is located next to the Student Learning Zone which provides a study space for students, as well as the location of the SILS and Careers Services Receptions.

Student Learning Zone

  • Comments View
    • The Student Learning Zone offers a study area for students.
    • Computers are available with rollerball mice and large text keyboards provided on request.
    • There are height adjustable chairs available.
    • This area includes Student Independent Learning Skills (SILS) and the Careers Services.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Careers Services)

  • Careers Services Reception is located in the Student Zone.
  • The desk is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Bradfield Centre main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Reception (Student Independent Learning Services - SILS)

  • The SILS Help Desk is located in the SILS Area of the Student Zone.
  • The desk is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Bradfield Centre main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are located next to the Quadrangle entrance.
    • There are similar stairs located next to the car park entrance.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the Hall Building main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Hall Building main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 104cm x 151cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not 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
    • There is an easy ramp located in front of the lift on both floors.
    • A key is required to access the lift.
    • Any student or member of staff who may need to use this lift regularly will be issued with their own key.

Reception (Guidance Office)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • The Student Guidance area is located on the first floor, directly to the right as you exit the lift.

Level Change (First Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the first floor.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp leads from the lift and Student Guidance area to the teaching departments.
    • There is a further, easy ramp, 140 cm wide, in the I.T. area, to the left of the bottom of the main ramp.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the Music Technology Room on the landing.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are located opposite the Hall Building main entrance, and lead to the IT Services area, Silent Study Room and Music Room.
    • These areas can be accessed from the Main Building.
    • Please see the guide for this building for more details.

Other Floors (Music Resource Room)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the Music Resource Room.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are located next to the Hall.

Level Change (Steps to the Art and Design Building)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on the first floor, in the Biology Lab.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not 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
    • The steps lead from the Biology Labs in this building into the Biology Labs in the Art and Design building.

Level Change (Ramp to The Link and the Main Building)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the ground floor, on the far side of the building by the Main Building.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads down to The Link and double heavy doors, 140 cm wide, which open towards you, which lead to the landing between the ground and basement floors of the Main Building.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located either side of the entrance to the Hall.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Hall Building main entrance.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The female changing room is located on the left as you enter the hall, and the male changing room is to the right.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the changing rooms.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the Hall Building main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the entrance to the hall.
    • 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 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 235cm (6ft 7in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 49cm (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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Then is also a similar accessible toilet in the first aid room, next to the Hall Building main entrance, which has the transfer space on the right.

Standard Toilet(s)