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Elephant Studios

London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • There have been no changes to the parking or the Blue Badge parking bays.
  • An external queuing system is in place at Perry Library if the new building capacity reaches limit. In this situation a member of staff will stop students coming into building and manage the queue externally.
  • Hand sanitisers and cleaning stations are available at building entrances, in all corridors, in offices and in classrooms.
  • The number of students in classrooms has been limited.
  • Directional signage and signage to assist with social distancing is in place.
  • Protective screens have been added to receptions and service desks.
  • Lifts are limited to one person only.
  • The NHS track and trace poster is now displayed in tenanted buildings.
  • The SafeZone app for LSBU IT account holders has been introduced.
  • University users are advised to wear face masks/coverings.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a fitness suite, male and female changing rooms with standard showers and toilets.

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include tv/film studios, newsroom, editing suite, green room, kit room and break-out spaces.
  • Elephant Studios is spread across the ground floor and first floor of the Borough Road building.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The London South Bank University Southwark Campus is located in the centre of London. The Southwark Campus is located on Borough Road (A3202) just off the A3. The Southwark Campus is within the London Congestion Charge Zone.
    • There is very limited parking at the campus with no public parking being provided. A small number of Blue Badge bays may be made available if arranged in advance with security. There are some pay and display areas located on the surrounding streets of the Southwark Campus including on Borough Road.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop to the Southwark Campus is the Borough Road stop on Southwark Bridge Road, approximately 200m from the Borough Road Building. This stop is served by the 344 route. There are additional bus stops on the A201 (London Road) approximately 500m from the Borough Road Building which are served by routes 12, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 468, N68, N89, N171.
  • By Train View
    • The closest train station is the Elephant and Castle Station. This station is approximately 850m from the Borough Road Building via the A201. This station is operated by the Thameslink and Southeastern services.
  • By Underground View
    • The closest underground station is the Elephant and Castle underground. This station is approximately 600m from the Borough Road Building via the A201. This station is operated by the Bakerloo and Northern Line Services.
  • 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 at the front of the building, off Borough Road.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • Main Reception is located directly beyond the main entrance.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is bench seating available in the reception area, shown in photograph 3.
    • There are security barriers to access the building from the reception area. The wider barriers at the rear of the reception area are 121cm wide. The standard barriers are 55cm wide. The security barriers are shown in photographs 4, 5 and 6.

Getting Around (Ground Floor)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to Edric Theatre and Studios.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with a handrail on the right going up, for access to Edric Theatre and Studios.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1. The ramp can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the rear of the building.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photographs 4 and 5.
    • 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 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 B, G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located on the left of the reception area.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.
    • There are similar staircases located around the building, some of which lead to all floors.

Lift (Front Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left past the main reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 750kg.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 120cm (4ft 7in x 3ft 11in).
  • 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 have a hearing loop 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 medium.

Lift (Side)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the front right of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, U1, 2, U2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 46m (50yd 11in) from the main 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 102cm x 130cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 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 medium.

Lift (Rear Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located by the entrance from Joseph Lancaster House.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 2, L3, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 375kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the Joseph Lancaster House entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 97cm (3ft 3in x 3ft 2in).
  • 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 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift does not access level 1 at the rear of the building.
    • Level L3 gives access to rooms B326-B332.
    • This lift is 46m from the front lift on L3, where both lifts are linked via a slight ramp.

Opening Times (Kit Room)

  • Monday 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 11:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Opening Times (Kit Room - Collections)

  • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 13:00.
  • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Entrance (Kit Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left past the main reception lift, through the double doors.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is one set of manual, heavy, double doors between the main entrance of Borough Road building and this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Counter (Kit Room)

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the entrance.
  • Kit room counter is located within the kit room.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception 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.

Entrance (Main Area)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor, to the rear of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There are two sets of manual, heavy, double doors between the lift and this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • 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 168cm (5ft 6in).

Inside Access (Main Area)

  • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating in the corridor outside the studios and the newsroom.

Film Studio 1 - BRG27

  • The studio surveyed is Film Studio 1/BRG27.
  • The studio is located in the main corridor.
  • There is a double door to enter the studio.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door opening width is 81cm.
  • Within the studio are non-fixed chairs without armrests, tripods, a tv and other camera equipment.
  • The height of the equipment table is 70cm.
  • The height of the audio control table is 66cm.
  • There are three other studios that vary in size.
  • The other studios can be seen in photographs 12 and 13.
  • There are film studios and a sound studio located on the third floor.

Other Floors (Main Area)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the newsroom at the end of the corridor.
    • The stairs are approximately 25m from the main area entrance.
    • There are 14 steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the ground floor and on the first floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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 not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are Green Room & Breakout Space.
  • Comments View
    • The breakout space and green room can be seen in photos 5 to 7 which contains fixed tables and seats which can be used by students. The Green Room can also be booked by students who use the studios or as a meeting room.

Entrance (Student Newsroom Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right past main reception.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 11 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.

Newsroom

  • This is located on the ground floor of the Borough Road building, at the far end of the main Elephant Studios area.
  • The student entrance to the newsroom is located to the right of reception as you enter through the main Borough Road building entrance. However, step-free access is available through the main Elephant Studios area, via heavy double doors which have a width of 124cm.
  • The tables within the Newsroom have a height of 70cm.
  • Control tables have a height of 68cm.

Entrance (Editing Suites)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor, to the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There are two sets of manual, heavy, double doors between the reception area and this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 141cm (4ft 8in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.

Editing and Grading Suites

  • There are editing suites, grading suites and radio rooms in this area.
  • The is a single door to enter the suite.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door opening width is 80cm.
  • The table has a height of 71cm.
  • The seating in the radio room has arm rests on both sides.
  • The grading room has a single door width of 80cm, push to open and is heavy to operate.
  • The table has a height of 71cm.
  • The chairs in the grading room have armrests on both sides.
  • The editing suite has a single door width of 80cm, push to open and is heavy to operate.
  • The table has a height of 71cm.
  • The chairs in the editing room have armrests on both sides.

Level Change (Sound Studio)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located before the sound studio entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on the basement level of the Borough Road building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on the rear of the ground floor and on the basement level of Borough Road building.