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Strand Road Campus - Foyle Building

North West Regional College, Strand Road, Londonderry, BT48 7AL

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Foyle Theatre, Performing Arts (Drama and Music), Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, the Coffee Bar and Student Social Area.
  • Related link Strand Road Campus - Strand Building.
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Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in the North West Regional College Strand Campus in Londonderry.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Londonderry.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The is a college campus car park is next to the Strand Building, which is linked to this building.
    • There are standard 1 hour parking bays available on Boating Club Lane, to the side of the building.

Parking (Campus Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located off Strand Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located There is a turning circle outside the main entrance which can be used as a drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on Strand Road.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 220cm (7ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 190cm (6ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Entrance (Strand Building Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 4.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • 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.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 175cm (5ft 9in).
  • 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 175cm (5ft 9in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 2 shows the sinks accessible to wheelchair users in the hair salon on level 6.
    • The beauty salon on level 5 contain height adjustable benches.
    • There is a link to the Strand Building on level 4.
    • All room number signs have Braille and tactile markings.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • 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.
    • The details here are for staircase 1 at the front of the building. Staircase 2 at the rear of the building is identical.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter, by the stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • 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 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 102cm x 140cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 medium.

Theatre (Foyle Theatre)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the front of the theatre.
  • Wheelchairs are left with you.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside or behind you.
  • It is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow a wheelchair, contact the college in advance.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • The fixed seating in this theatre is retractable.
    • The gallery, on level 2, is accessible via the lift.

Reception (Salon Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • The Hair Salon Reception is located on level 6, at the front of the building.
    • There is a similar reception for the Beauty Salons on level 5 (shown in photograph 2).
    • The hair and beauty salons are open to the public to give the students real world experience.
    • For more information and to book an appointment, please call 028 7127 6302.

Level Change (Level 2)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the level 2 corridor.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There are ramps either end of this corridor, leading from the front and rear stairs and lifts.
    • The ramps lead up to music recording studios, practice rooms and classrooms.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 11m (12yd 1in) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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 snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The Coffee Bar is located on level 4. It contains computer terminals for internet access, some on lowered tables.
    • There is a Student Social area on the far side of the Coffee Bar, which contains pool tables, TV and seating.

Eating and Drinking (Coffee Bar)

  • 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.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 11m (12yd 1in) from the front lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • 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 presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is coffee bar, hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The Coffee Bar is located on level 4. It contains computer terminals for internet access, some on lowered tables.
    • There is a Student Social area at the rear of the Coffee Bar.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 14:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Standard Changing Room (Level 1)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on level 1, past the theatre.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the theatre.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • These changing rooms are for drama students.
    • There are also changing rooms on level 5 for hair and beauty students.

Accessible Changing Room (Level 1)

  • There is an/are accessible changing room(s) available.
  • The accessible changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the rear of the level 1 standard male and female changing rooms.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the theatre.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room(s) are 230cm x 380cm (7ft 7in x 12ft 6in).
  • The fixtures/facilities available in the accessible changing room(s) include; handrails and a wheel in shower.
  • There is level access to the accessible changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are male and female with mirrored facilities on level 1.
    • There are also accessible changing rooms available on level 5 in the student changing room and wet area.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the accessible changing rooms on level 1.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; in the changing facilities on level 5.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The photographs 1 to 4 show the accessible shower in the male changing rooms on level 1. The female shower is similar but handed.
    • Photographs 5 to 8 show the similar shared facility on level 5.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1 at the rear right of the entrance foyer?.
    • There are also accessible toilets on level 2, 4, 5 and 6. All have the transfer space on the left except level 5 which has it on the right. There are also accessible toilets within the accessible changing rooms on levels 1 and 5, with the transfer space on the left.?.
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 215cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 and 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 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • ?.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2, next to the adapted toilet.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are also standard toilets located on levels 4-6.
    • These all contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards, and a lowered sink.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are male and female standard toilets on levels 2, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on level 2.
    • 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 12m from the lift.
    • 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.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.