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Strand Road Campus - Tower Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Health and Social Care, Adult Learning Essential Skills, Workforce Development, Student Services, Just Cafe, the Tower Canteen, Directors Offices, Corporate Services, Estates, Finance and Marketing Offices, lecture theatres and teaching rooms,.
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  • Related link Strand Road Campus - DIAL Building.
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  • Comments View
    • There is a bridge leading from level 3 at the rear of this building to the Northland Building.
    • This building, along with the Strand Building, can be used to give step free access from Strand Road to the Northland Building and Asylum Road.
    • The Library has moved out of the Northland Building, and is merging with the LRC in this building, due to open in Spring 2016.

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 (Front Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • 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 400cm x 450cm (13ft 1in x 14ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 36m (39yd 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 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 in front of the building to the right of the entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional accessible bay outside the Strand building.

Parking (Side Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the side of the building.
    • 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 410cm x 550cm (13ft 5in x 18ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the side 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 have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional Blue Badge bay outside the DIAL Building.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Stepped)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is 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.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • 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 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a ramped entrance to the right that bypasses this entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Accessible)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building to the right of the main entrance.
    • 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) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 116cm (3ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There are steps to the main entrance to the left of this entrance.

Level Change (Main Entrance - Internal)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you enter.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 111cm (3ft 8in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located ahead as you enter.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • 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.

Outside Access (Upper Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the left side of the building from the courtyard.
    • 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) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • 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 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • 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.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Hearing loops are fitted in most lecture theatres and teaching rooms. Portable hearing loops are also available.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Most internal doors are push pad operated automatic doors.
    • All room number signs have Braille and tactile markings.
    • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users at the rear of lecture theatre 123, on level 1 just inside the main entrance.
    • Height adjustable desks and lumbar support chairs can be made available in any room if requested.

Eating and Drinking (Tower Cafe - "Just Cafe")

  • The following information is for the cafĂ©.
  • 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.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • 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 hot and cold snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 20:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Student Services Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter 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
    • Student Services is located to the left of the main entrance as you enter, past the ramp and steps.

Lift (Level 1 Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the stairs just inside the side entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are upper and lower areas of level 1.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 250kg.
  • The lift is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the side 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 87cm x 140cm (2ft 10in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not 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 can be used to overcome the internal steps and access the main part of level 1 with the lower part at the rear of the building.
    • At the time of most recent survey this lift was under refurbishment as part of the new library construction, therefore this information is liable to change.

Outside Access (Lower Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the right side of the building, opposite the DIAL Building.
    • There is step free 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.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the lower part of level 1, containing the Learning Resource Centre and Learning Support Drop In Centre.
    • There is a similar entrance on the far side of the building.

Level Change (Level 1)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the platform lift.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • 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.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Reception (Careers Hub)

  • Careers Hub reception is located to the left as you enter from the lower side entrance.
  • The desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the side 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 bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • Comments View
    • The Careers Hub is located immediately beyond the platform lift if coming from the main entrance.
    • Some computer rooms are available on either lift level.

Reception (Learning Support)

  • Learning Support office is located round to the right of the Careers Hub desk.
  • The desk is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the side entrance or platform lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Reception (Library)

  • Library reception is located to the left of the Careers Hub desk.
  • The desk is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the side entrance or platform lift.
  • 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 bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Comments View
    • There is a single 84cm wide automatic door to the library which is push pad operated.
    • There is a 90cm wide security barrier beyond the entrance.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes eBook readers.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
    • The stairs are located in the main entrance lobby.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m 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 two sets of stairs in this building. Stairs 1 are located at the front of the building. Stairs 2 are at the rear of the building and access the lower part of level 1 but not level 0.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the main entrance foyer area.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 600kg 8 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 130cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 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.

Outside Access (Northland Building Bridge Link)

  • This information is for the entrance located on level 3, at the rear of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • 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 single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is accessed via a bridge leading from the Northland Building and its car park.

Outside Access (Amphitheatre Restaurant Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, leading from the amphitheatre to the restaurant.
    • There is step free 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 (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the front row seating in the amphitheatre.
    • There are clearly marked steps with a central handrail to rear seating.
    • This entrance can be used to access the Northland Building via 15+ clearly marked steps with handrails on either side beyond the amphitheatre (photographs 5 and 6).

Eating and Drinking (Tower Canteen - "Just Dine")

  • The following information is for the refectory.
  • 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.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 22m (24yd 2in) from the lift.
  • 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 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 meals and snacks.

Opening Times (Tower Canteen - "Just Dine")

  • Monday 08:30 - 15:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 15:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 15:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 15:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 14:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1, opposite the lifts.
    • There are also accessible toilet facilities in the corridor to the Tower Canteen on level 2 and on other levels with right hand transfer, and in male and female toilets on other levels with left hand transfer.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 220cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste, general domestic waste 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 47cm (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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 98cm.
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also accessible cubicles in the male and female toilets on the other levels.
    • These have a clear transfer space on the left.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are female toilet facilities on levels 1, 2, 5 and 6.
  • There are There are male toilet facilities on levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • There are male and female staff only facilities on level 1.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on level 1 opposite the lifts.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 25m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • A wheelchair is available for students to borrow from the Learning Support centre.