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Fawcett House (Tower 2)

2 Clement's Inn, Mobil Court, London, WC2A 2AZ

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Introduction

  • Ground Floor: Reception, Meeting Rooms
    First Floor: Teaching Rooms, LSE Treatment Clinic, Expectant and New Mothers Room, Academic Partnerships
    Second Floor: Teaching Rooms
    Third Floor: Teaching Rooms, Disability and Wellbeing Service
    Fourth Floor: PC Teaching Rooms, Student Counselling Service
    Fifth Floor: Canada Blanch Centre
    Sixth Floor: Department of Media and Communications Enquiries
    Seventh Floor: Department of Media and Communications
    Eighth Floor: LSE Cities
    Ninth Floor: Research Centre Meeting Suite
    Tenth Floor: Centre for Women, Peace and Security, UNISON Office
    Eleventh Floor: Grantham Research Institute
    Twelfth Floor: LSE Media Studio.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • A key card with the relevant permission is required to operate the automatic door.
    • Visitors can use the push pad to alert reception to open the door for entry and exit, the pad is 78cm high.
    • There are 2 sets of heavy manual revolving doors to the left of the accessible door.
    • Pankhurst and Fawcett Houses share the same entrance.
    • Pankhurst House is to the right as you enter (as shown in photograph 4).
    • Fawcett House is to the left of the reception as you enter (as shown in photograph 5).
    • There are security barriers, 48cm wide, operated by key card with a height of 88cm and an accessible security barrier, 92cm wide, operated by reception staff to gain access to both buildings.
    • The reception is staffed 24 hours a day.

Reception (Building Reception)

  • The Building Reception is located directly ahead as you enter the building.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are moderate to good.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of the survey (August 2020), there were screens fitted at the reception desk, and yellow tape on the floor marking where visitors should stand.

Eating and Drinking (Fawcett Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are not available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold drinks only.
  • Comments View
    • This café is located in the entrance foyer, next to the barriers leading into Fawcett House.

Level Change (Ground Floor Meeting Room Stairs)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you pass through the security barriers.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs only access meeting rooms G.02 and G.03, located behind the reception desk.
    • There is not level access to these rooms.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the LSE Media Studio on the twelfth floor.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you pass through the security barriers.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 131cm (4ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 122cm (2ft 7in 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 moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a fire fighters lift located just past the ramp leading to the stairs from the lift lobby (shown in photograph 3).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the lift lobby on the ground floor.
    • This level change is shown in photographs 1 and 2. There is a similar slight ramp, 140cm wide, located on the corridor leading off the far end of the lift lobby. This leads to the stairs and the fire fighters lift (shown in photograph 3).
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the corridor to your right as you exit the lifts.
    • There are identical level changes in the same location from the first floor upwards. This level change is shown in photographs 4 and 5.
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the computer rooms on the fourth floor.
    • This level change is shown in photographs 6 and 7.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Entrance (Entrance To Pankhurst House)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor, on the far left hand side of the building from the lifts.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is one set of manual, double doors, which may be difficult to open between the lift lobby and this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • There are identical doors connecting to Pankhurst House in the same location from the first floor upwards.

Reception (Disability and Wellbeing Service)

  • The Disability and Wellbeing Service is located on the third floor, to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the lift.
  • There is ramped access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • Although officially located in Tower Three, this service is accessed from the third floor of Tower Two.
    • There are double, push pad operated automatic doors, 124cm wide, at the entrance to the service, with an easy ramp, 140cm wide, just inside.
    • This area contains individual consultation rooms. One of the rooms has a flashing smoke detector.
    • For more information, please see the Disability and Wellbeing Service homepage.

Student Counselling and Wellbeing Services

  • Although officially located in Tower Three, these services are accessed from the fourth floor of Tower Two, to the right as you exit the lift.
  • There are double, push pad operated automatic doors, 124cm wide, at the entrance to the services, with an easy ramp, 140cm wide just inside.
  • At the time of the survey (June 2017), the services had just relocated and were still in the process of setting up.
  • There will be a reception and individual consultation rooms available.
  • A portable hearing loop is also available.
  • For more information, please see the Student Counselling Service homepage.

Level Change (Access to Music Studio)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you exit the stairwell on the twelfth floor.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • This step provides access to a short walkway to the music studio on the twelfth floor.
    • There is then a single, heavy door with an opening width of 54cm.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located immediately to the left as you pass through the security barriers to Fawcett House.
    • There are also accessible toilets on floors 3 (shown in photograph 2), 6 and 10.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 213cm x 220cm (6ft 12in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 161cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 166cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are male and female toilets located on all floors from the first floor upwards.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located off the first floor lift lobby.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 5m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There is a horizontal grab rail to the left of the seat.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are poor.