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Tower Block Main Entrance to J Block

London Metropolitan University , 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Tower Block main entrance to J Block
  • The approximate distance of the route is 110m.
  • The type of flooring along the route is tiled, vinyl/laminate, paving blocks, concrete and cobbled paving.
  • Potential hazards along the route include ramps/slopes, uneven surfaces and flooring that has a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.

Approach

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is tarmac and block paving.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There is step-free access on the approach.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Outside Access (Tower Building Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Holloway Road.
    • This entrance gives access to the Tower Building - Blue Zone ground floor and main reception.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'London Metropolitan University'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not 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 an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the key card reader is 104cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is also a revolving door next to this one.
    • There are manual revolving doors on each side of the automatic single door.
      The doors to the left have a steep slope in front of them (shown in photograph 5).
      Those to the right have a slight ramp in front (photograph 6), but these were not in use at the time of survey.
      The card reader to exit the building is 115cm high (shown in photograph 7).

Tower Block Main Entrance to Security Barriers

  • Enter through the single, automatic door at the front of the Tower Block.
  • The width of the door is 100cm.
  • The automatic door opens away from you.
  • The height of the bell buzzer is 119cm and the height of the card reader is 104cm.
  • There is a slight slope in front of the entrance.
  • To the far right of the security barriers is the accessible security barrier.
  • The width of the security barrier is 94cm and the card reader height is 100cm.
  • There is a slight slope in front of the security barrier.
  • The flooring is tiled and has a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • The lighting level is good.

Security Barriers to Courtyard Entrance

  • As you enter through the security barriers, continue ahead towards the stair case and turn right.
  • Follow the corridor and enter through two sets of manual, double doors that are permanently held open.
  • The width of the first set of doors is 138cm and the width of the second set of doors is 181cm.
  • Continue ahead passing the cafĂ© which is on the left hand side.
  • Take a left before the staircase and the entrance to the courtyard is ahead.
  • There are two sets of double automatic doors to enter the courtyard.
  • The width of the first set of doors is 153cm and the width of the second set is 148cm.
  • There is a steep ramp/slope beyond the second set of doors that does not have any handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 176cm.
  • The flooring is tiled, vinyl/laminate and has a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • The lightening level is moderate to good.

Outside Access (Courtyard Entrance from Blue Met Lounge - Door 2)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Blue Met Lounge, next to the stairs.
    • This entrance gives access to the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not 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 (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 144cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located beyond the second set of doors.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • There is no signage at this door from the lounge.
    • There is signage as you enter the lounge from the courtyard.
    • The door is labelled number 2.

Courtyard Entrance to J Block

  • The flooring for the courtyard is blocked paving, concrete, and cobbled paving.
  • The Cobbled paving makes the courtyard uneven in certain areas. (Photograph 10)
  • Enter the courtyard and turn left towards the ramp/slope.
  • There is a drainage system at the top of the ramp/slope that is slightly uneven.
  • Head down the ramp/slope to access the lower level of the courtyard.
  • The ramp/slope is slight and has handrails on both sides.
  • The minimum width of the ramp/slope is 115cm.
  • At the bottom of the ramp/slope head across the courtyard to J block (Building number 5) approximately 25 meters.
  • The surface is uneven in some areas.

J Block Entrance to J Block Touchdown Area

  • There is stepped or ramped/sloped access for J Block (Building 5).
  • The ramp/slope is steep and has handrails on both sides.
  • The minimum width of the ramp is 142cm.
  • There is a 150x150cm turn space at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Alternatively, there are four 16cm steps with a hand rail on the right hand side.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The manual, double doors are permanently held open and have a width of 154cm (photograph 6).
  • Enter through the doors and immediately turn right, there is a set of manual, double doors that open towards you (pull) and have a width of 136cm (photograph 7).
  • Continue straight through the doors and the touchdown area is straight ahead.
  • The internal flooring is vinyl/laminate and has a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
  • The lighting level is good.

Outside Access (Courtyard Entrance 5)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located within the outer courtyard of the Tower Building.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor of Red Zone.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Welcome to Red Zone'.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do 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.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
    • 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 137cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance leading up from the courtyard.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides of the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up the step(s).
    • Handrails are not 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.