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Somerset House East Wing

Strand Campus, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

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Introduction

  • The Somerset House East Wing houses the Dickson Poon School of Law.
  • Each Floor of the building contains the following:.
  • Floor -2Archaeology Room, Learning Centre and Seminar Rooms SW-2.12 and SW-2.17.
  • Floor -1Law Enquiries, Postgraduate Student Common Room, Research Student Room, Visiting Tutor Room and Willie's Common Room for Law Students.
  • Floor 0Accessible Entrance and reception.
  • Floor 1Business Centre, Wellington Lounge, Executive Suites and Seminar Rooms SW1.23 and SW1.24.
  • Floor 2Head of School and Academic Offices SW2.15 to SW2.28.
  • Floor 3Research Student Room and Academic Offices SW3.13 to SW3.26.

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Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in London.
  • The nearest mainline station is Charing Cross.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Temple.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the Quad.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 135cm (4ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • 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 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 5 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 (North Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the north end of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors are push pad operated.
    • A swipe card is required for access into the building via this entrance.

Level Change (North Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 154cm (5ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a shallow kerb between street level and the the ramp leading to the entrance.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 5m (16ft 5in) from the accessible entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • On some floors, the corridors narrow to approximately 90cm in width.
    • A key card is required to open most internal doors.

Level Change (Law Meeting Point)

  • The Law Meeting Point is located between the North Entrance and the rest of Floor 0.
  • There are steps available to access the area.
  • The steps are located next to the lift.
  • There are 4 steps to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Level Change (Floor -2)

  • The majority of the main corridor on Floor -2 is situated on a moderate slope.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 and 3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 sets of staircases available, 1 set at the north end and 1 set in the middle of the building.

Lift (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the foyer past reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 and 3.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the accessible entrance.
  • 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 140cm x 140cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 lifts available in this location, 1 goes to all floors, the other only goes to the second floor.

Lift (North Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 and 3.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the north entrance.
  • 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 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 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.

Inigo Rooms

  • The Inigo Rooms are located on level -1 of the building.
  • There are 3 rooms hosting a wide range of exhibitions, activities and events.
  • There are also a number of staff offices.
  • There is an easy ramp with no handrails between the lift and the entrance to the Inigo Rooms (photograph 5).

Learning Centre

  • The Learning Centre is located on level -2 of the building.
  • The Learning Centre is used by local schools and other outside parties for various purposes.
  • The rooms can hold groups beetween 10 and 35 people in size.
  • There are 2 easy ramps with no handrails located along the main corridor of the learning centre (as shown in photographs 4 and 5).

Accessible Toilet (Floor -1)

  • 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 7m (22ft 12in) from the lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located directly opposite the lift as you exit.
    • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 190cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 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 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • 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 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.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical accessible toilet available in the same location on Floors 1 and 2.

Accessible Toilet (Floor -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 17m (19yd) from the lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located directly ahead 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 240cm (6ft 3in x 7ft 10in).
    • 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 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.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • 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 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.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is an accessible shower available in the toilet containing grab rails, drop down rails and a flip down seat.
    • Access to the accessible toilet from the lift is via a corridor with a minimum clearance of approximately 80cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Shower (Floor -2)

  • There is a standard shower room available on Level -2 next to the accessible toilet.

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.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.