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Walkden Halls of Residence

Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7LB

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Kingston upon Thames.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Norbiton.
  • Comments View
    • The Walkden Halls of Residence consists of an East Block and a West Block.
    • Access to all blocks is gained with a key card which is issued to resident students only.

Parking (Car Park F - Staff, Visitors and Blue Badge Holders)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot booked in advance.
  • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 560cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 4in).
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the East Block 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.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • This car park is for staff, visitors and disabled users only.

Outside Access (East Block Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The bell is at a height of 180cm.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is at a height of 180cm.
  • 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 140cm (4ft 7in).

Outside Access (West Block Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The bell is at a height of 180cm.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is at a height of 180cm.
  • 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 140cm (4ft 7in).

Accommodation

  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include flashing alarms, vibrating pillows and television subtitles.
    • Flashing fire alarms are available on request.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
    • The accommodation does provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Rooms are located throughout the building.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors can be accessed by lift.
    • There is level access to standard rooms on other floors.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Lift (West Block)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located directly ahead of the East & West Block entrances.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 126cm x 123cm (4ft 2in x 4ft).
  • 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 has a hearing enhancement system.
  • 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 low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 lifts in the building.
    • One is in the East block and one is in the West block.
    • These details are for the lift in the West block.
    • Photographs 5 to 8 show the identical lift in the East block.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located directly ahead as you enter each block.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The stairs in both, East and West blocks are identical.

Laundry

  • The laundry is located at the rear of Walkden Halls of Residence.
  • The door is single and opens automatically away from you.
  • The width of the door is 85cm.
  • There is a small lip at the threshold of the entrance.
  • The height of the key fob to enter is 80cm.
  • The height of the door release button is 125cm.
  • The height of the washing machines door and controls range between 60cm to 106cm.
  • The height of the dryers door and controls ranges between 106cm to 170cm.
  • There is a lower dryer available and the height of the controls range between 60cm to 106cm.
  • The height of the circuit laundry plus app machine is 110cm.
  • There is a bench.

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 cannot be requested.