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Northumberland House

8A Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

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Introduction

  • Lower Ground Floor - Laundry, Computer Room
    Ground Floor - Reception
    Accommodation is located from the ground to the tenth floor.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Northumberland House is located in central London, directly to the south of Trafalgar Square.
    • This hall does not have a car park, and on street parking is not possible on the surrounding roads.
  • By Bus View
    • Northumberland House can be accessed via a number of London Bus routes, including bus 3 (Piccadilly Circus to Crystal Palace), 12 (Oxford Circus Station to Dulwich Library), 88 (Camden to Clapham Common), 91 (Crouch End to Trafalgar Square), 159 (Streatham Station to Marble Arch) and 453 (Deptford Bridge DLR Station to Marylebone).
  • By Train View
    • Charing Cross Station, which is served by Southeastern Railways, is 100m along The Strand from this building. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross on the Northern and Bakerloo lines and Embankment on the Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District lines.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Northumberland Avenue.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • 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 180cm (5ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 7 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (Entrance Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 98cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does 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.

Reception

  • The reception is located to your left when you exit the lift.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the entrance lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • 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 counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 4 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to 2.01-2.10.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is an easy ramp, with no handrails, for access to 3.21-3.38.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to 6.23-6.46.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • 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 tactile directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
    • 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.
    • There is a separate staircase from the ground floor to the first floor shown in photograph 2, this only has a handrail on the right going up.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the rooms on the first floor.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right past the foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the entrance lift.
  • 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 108cm x 138cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does 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
    • Only the lift on left accesses the basement.
    • The lift on the right has a hearing loop but does not have Braille markings.
    • There is a short ramp in front of the lifts on the ground floor shown in photograph 4.

Getting Around (Seventh - Ninth Floor)

  • Access View
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 7.1-710.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1. There is a similar level change on the 8th floor to rooms 8.1-8.11 but with only two medium steps (as shown in photograph 2). There is a similar level change on the ninth floor to room 9.1-9.11 which has two deep steps and a handrail on the right (as shown in photograph 3).
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to 9.15-9.18.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 4.
    • 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 tactile directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Accommodation (Accessible Double Rooms)

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 8 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh floors.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • This is by lift.
    • The room number viewed was 4.20.
    • The width of the door to the room is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 114cm x 318cm (3ft 9in x 10ft 5in).
    • The bed is 65cm (2ft 2in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 4cm (2in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the room.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 190cm x 158cm (6ft 3in x 5ft 2in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • 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 in height.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are not available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are lever.
    • There is no shower seat .
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is fair.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include vibrating pillows.
    • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Some of these rooms are accessed by platform lift.
  • 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.

Accommodation (Accessible Twin and Single Rooms)

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 6 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to 3 accessible twin rooms.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the sixth, seventh and eighth floor.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • This is by lift.
    • The room number viewed was 6.11.
    • The width of the door to the room is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 144cm x 288cm (4ft 9in x 9ft 5in).
    • The bed is 57cm (1ft 10in) high.
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the room.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 194cm x 158cm (6ft 4in x 5ft 2in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 in height.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are lever.
    • There is no shower seat .
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is fair.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include vibrating pillows.
    • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • There are also 3 accessible single rooms located on the eighth floor.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, pictorial, tactile and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the stairwell on the basement floor.
    • There is level access to this 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 197cm x 152cm (6ft 6in x 4ft 12in).
    • 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 130cm (4ft 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 open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.