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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

1 Sheffield Street, London, WC2A 2EY

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Introduction

  • Basement: LSESU Venue, Cloak Room, Green Room
    Basement Mezzanine: LSESU Venue Mezzanine
    Ground Floor: LSESU Venue Ticket Office, The Three Tuns Bar
    First Floor: Denning Learning Cafe, Aristotle Floor, LSESU Meeting Room, LSESU Activities Resource Centre
    Second Floor: LSESU Media Centre, Faith Centre
    Third Floor: LSESU Reception, Office and Advice Service, LSE Residential Services
    Fourth Floor: LSESU Gym
    Fifth Floor: Anne Harris Floor, LSE Careers
    Sixth Floor: Exercise Studio, The Weston Cafe, The Roof Terrace, Bao Yang Meeting Room.

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 on Sheffield Street.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is 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 push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors are shown in photograph 5.

Reception (Building Reception)

  • The building reception is located ahead of you as you enter through the main entrance.
  • 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 high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Seating is available in the reception area.
    • At the time of the survey (August 2020), there were screens up at the reception desk and tape on the floor in front indicating where visitors should stand.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are no 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.
  • Comments View
    • The Aristotle Floor computer area on the first floor, next to the Denning Learning Cafe, has 2 height adjustable desks, shown in photograph 1.
    • Photograph 2 shows the locker room, located on the second floor, next to the toilets.
    • Photograph 3 shows Residential Services, and photograph 4 shows the LSESU Advice Booths, both located on the third floor, to the right as you exit the lifts.
    • Photograph 5 shows the Careers Resources Centre on the fifth floor.
    • Photograph 6 shows the Exercise Studio on the sixth floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter, just past reception.
    • There are 15+ steps between 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.
  • Comments View
    • The staircase between the fifth and sixth floors is circular (shown in photograph 3).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you pass reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, BM, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 95cm x 195cm (3ft 1in x 6ft 5in).
  • 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 good.

Reception (LSESU Reception)

  • The LSESU Reception is located on the third floor, to the left on exiting the lift lobby.
  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the lifts.
  • 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 low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not 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 front of this reception desk.

Faith Centre

  • The Faith Centre is located on the second floor, straight ahead from the lifts. It is accessed by a single, heavy door, 105cm wide, which opens outwards (photograph 1).
  • There is level access throughout the centre.
  • The centre contains The Cave, Islamic Prayer Rooms and The Desert Room.
  • The Cave (shown in photograph 2) is located to the left as you enter the centre. It is a space for silent meditation and prayer.
  • The Islamic Prayer Rooms (photograph 3) are located to the right just past the reception. There are also washing facilities available (shown in photograph 4).
  • The Desert Room (photograph 5) is located at the rear of the centre. It is used for Faith Meetings, Devotion and Worship, Wellbeing Activities and one off events. It can also be booked for group use. It is access by a wide, single, heavy door (photograph 6).

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Friday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Sunday 09:30 - 17:30.

Reception (Faith Centre Reception)

  • Faith Centre reception is located just inside the entrance to the Faith Centre.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Faith Centre 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 high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Reception (LSESU Venue Ticket Office)

  • LSESU Venue Ticket Office is located on the ground floor, past the lifts.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the ground floor lift lobby.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • 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 not a hearing assistance system.

LSESU Venue

  • The LSESU Venue is a concert hall located on the basement level.
  • There is some seating and tables available.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to navigate around the hall.
  • There is a staircase leading to a mezzanine level.
  • It has 15+ medium steps, which are clearly marked.
  • There are handrails on both sides.
  • These can be seen in photographs 5 and 6.

Eating and Drinking (The Three Tuns Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the bar entrance into the ground floor lift lobby.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are 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 not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

Eating and Drinking (Denning Learning Cafe)

  • 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.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lifts.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 67cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are 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 not presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

Eating and Drinking (The Weston Cafe)

  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the lifts.
  • The standard height for tables is 68cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are 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 not presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold drinks and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The Weston Cafe is on the sixth floor.
    • There is a door to the Roof Terrace outside seating area (as shown in photograph 5).
    • The door is 79cm in width and has a small lip on the threshold.

Fitness Suite (LSESU Gym)

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located on the fourth floor, straight ahead from the lifts.
    • The fitness suite is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the lifts.
    • There is step free access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The opening is 110cm (3ft 7in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 07:00 - 22:00.
    • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00.
    • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00.
    • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00.
    • Friday 07:00 - 22:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the fourth floor, to the left of the gym as you face it.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the lifts.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the gym.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are separate male and female changing rooms available. Both have level access to the showers.
    • There are also lockers in the corridor outside the changing rooms and accessible toilet (shown in photograph 5).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lifts.
    • This accessible toilet is located adjacent to the shared toilets on the first floor.
    • There are identical accessible toilets on floors B, G, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The toilet on the third floor (shown in photograph 2) has a functional alarm. The cubicles on the second, third and fifth floors do not have coat hooks.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 175cm x 210cm (5ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 145cm 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 placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
  • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Fourth Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left of the gym as you face it, at the beginning of the corridor leading to the changing rooms.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lifts.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is fair.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 270cm x 252cm (8ft 10in x 8ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 204cm (6ft 8in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is on the dropdown rail.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 98cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Accessible Shower View
    • The shower does not have an unobstructed minimum 150cm x 150cm turning space.
    • There is not a shower unit with a detachable shower head.
    • The shower head height is fixed.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The seat/chair is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the flip-down/tip-up or fixed seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
    • Horizontal and/or dropdown rails are available on both sides of the shower seat.
    • The colour contrast between the shower rails and wall is good.
    • There is a vertical grab rail for the shower.
    • The colour contrast between the vertical grab rail(s) for the shower and wall is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm for the shower.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the first floor, the third floor and the fifth floor.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the second floor and the fourth floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the basement floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 10m from the lifts.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is only an ambulant cubicle in the male toilets on the third floor.
    • There are no ambulant cubicles in toilets in the changing rooms on the fourth floor (shown in photographs 3 and 4).