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COVID-19 Information (Keele University)

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, the Earth Observatory, HF1.13 Resource Area, teaching rooms, exhibition areas and staff offices.
  • Comments View
    • Keele University Sustainability Hub acts as a focus for the research into, teaching of, and management for sustainability and green technology that takes place at Keele University.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Stoke-on-Trent.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 570cm (9ft 10in x 18ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 14m (15yd 11in) 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 tarmac.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • As well as the Blue Badge bays, there are also 3 standard bays allocated to visitors available in this car park.
    • Visitors need to request parking here in advance.
    • Pay and display and permit car park A2 is located up the hill from this venue.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The doors are single width.
    • The door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The door leading into the reception foyer from the main entrance and entrance B is a push pad operated automatic door.

Outside Access (Entrance B)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the courtyard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 89cm (2ft 11in) wide.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Entrance B)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of and to the left of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Entrance C)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the far end of the courtyard from entrance B and reception.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads directly into the Earth Observatory.
    • There is a similar entrance without a step to the side, leading directly into HF1.13 Resource Area (shown in photograph 3).
    • The Earth Observatory and toilets can be accessed from the Resource Area.
    • These areas cannot be accessed from the main entrance or entrance B.

Level Change (Entrance C)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, which is located off the reception foyer and exhibition space.
    • It has level access and does not have fixed seating.
    • Photograph 2 shows the reception foyer and exhibition space.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the Earth Observatory.
    • Photograph 8 shows HF1.13 Resource Area.

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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located between the main entrance and entrance B.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 139cm x 105cm (4ft 7in x 3ft 5in).
  • 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 Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance to the lift on the first floor is 87cm (3ft 4in) wide.

Accessible Toilet

  • 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 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located off the reception foyer, to the right of the reception desk as you face it.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 182cm x 222cm (5ft 12in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 not a hand dryer.
    • 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.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar toilet with transfer space on the right between the Earth Observatory and HF1.13 Resource Room.
    • Both toilets contain baby change tables 90cm (2ft 11in) high.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located off the reception foyer, past the accessible toilet.
    • The female toilets are 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located off the reception foyer, just behind the reception desk.
    • The male toilets are 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • These toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards.
    • There are also unisex toilets located off HF1.13 Resource Room (shown in photograph 3).

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 generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.