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Heritage Quay

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DH

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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Information)

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Huddersfield.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Huddersfield.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • There are several Blue Badge bay locations across the campus on Queensgate, Miami, Edith Key building, Canalside and Lockside.
  • These Blue Badge Bays vary in size.
  • On arrival at the Queensgate vehicular entrance, parking will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and wherever possible nearest to the building you are visiting.
  • Wheelchair users may require assistance as there may be some easy slopes and dropped kerbs to negotiate.
  • There are also ambulant parking bays on campus.
  • These bays are strictly used by arrangement with the venue.
  • There are no car parking charges on campus.
  • There is no on street Blue Badge bays or standard parking bays close by.
  • There are several public car parks close to the university, these include;
  • Kingsgate, Venn Street, HD1 6HQ - number of spaces: 618.
  • Market Hall, Alfred Street, HD1 2UJ - number of spaces: 588.
  • Spring Wood Street, HD1 4BE - number of spaces: 377.

Approach (Schwann Building)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is block paving.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) on the approach.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
  • Comments View
    • The steps can be avoided by following the path directly to the Schwann Building main entrance.

Outside Access (Schwann Building Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Schwann Building.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 149cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Comments View
    • The student central entrance is to the right of the Schwann Building main entrance (photographs 4, 5 and 6).
    • There is level access to this entrance.
    • There are two sets of automatic double doors at this entrance.
    • The Schwann Building is to the right as you enter from this entrance.

Approach (Canalside and Schwann Building)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is block paving.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) on the approach.
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
  • Comments View
    • The steps lead to the footbridge from Canalside (photograph 1) and lead down from the Schwann Building to the footbridge (photograph 2).
    • There is step free access along the footbridge.
    • The steps have tactile markings at the top and bottom.
    • The steps have a landing.
    • The Schwann Building steps can be overcome by using the library lift.
    • Please speak with a member of staff for use of the lift.

Outside Access (Canalside Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • 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 width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 64cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Entrance (Heritage Quay Internal Entrance - Ground Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located ahead and to the left as you enter the via the Schwann building entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 120cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 137cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 15+ step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is 13m from the Schwann Building entrance.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead and to the right of the Heritage Quay internal entrance on the ground floor.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Heritage Quay internal entrance on the ground floor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, LG.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Entrance (Heritage Quay Internal Entrance - Lower Ground Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located ahead as you exit the lift.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • The width of the entrance is 154cm.

Reception (Heritage Quay)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located beyond the lift.
    • The reception point is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Heritage Quay internal entrance on the lower ground floor.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point, via lift.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are provided in the reception area.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is vinyl.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • There is bench seating and single seats without armrests.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Inside Access

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is a/are door(s) in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is vinyl and laminate.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout.
    • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Throughout the Heritage Centre.

Lecture Theatre

  • The lecture theatre is located to the left as you enter from the Heritage Quay internal entrance on the lower ground floor.
  • It is approximately 12m from the lift.
  • There is level access to the lecture theatre.
  • There are no doors to the lecture theatre.
  • The opening is 470cm, however the opening can be arranged differently by moving the panel walls (photograph 6).
  • There is a large curved screen.
  • The tables and chairs can be arranged according to the event.
  • The tables are 70cm high.
  • Chairs without armrests are available.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right and ahead as you exit the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 210cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by the female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • There is an intercom alarm system in the toilet.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 84cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 72cm (2ft 4in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • There is not a lowered wash basin.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the rear of the lower ground floor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Heritage Quay internal entrance on the lower ground floor.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s), via lift.
    • There is Braille, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • There is not a lowered urinal in the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • There is not a lowered wash basin.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • There is a/are similar standard toilet(s) available.