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Architecture and Built Environment Building (ABE)

University of Northumbria, College Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 8ST

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Introduction

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • 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 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 17:00.

Opening Times (Out of Term Time)

  • Monday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Shared Section (Getting Here)

Shared Section (Useful Information)

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Ellison A Block Car Park.
    • The car park is located to the rear of Ellison Place.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is College Street Car Park.
    • The car park is located on College Lane.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 240cm x 1100cm (7ft 10in x 36ft 1in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Northumberland Road.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 225cm x 540cm (7ft 5in x 17ft 9in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Northumberland Road and College Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Ellison A Block car park is for use by Blue Badge holders and University fleet vehicles only (photographs 1 and 2).
    • The public car park is shown in photographs 3 - 5.
    • The on street Blue Badge bays are not individually marked (photographs 6 and 7).
    • There is space for approximately 5 cars.
    • The standard on street parking is shown in photographs 8 and 9.

Outside Access (Front Left Ramped Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the East Wing, off Northumberland Road, to the left as you face the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • 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.
  • 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/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not 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 113cm (3ft 8in).

Outside Access (Lower Ground Floor Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the left hand side of the Sutherland Building as you face it from Northumberland Road.
    • 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 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • 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 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located leading from the street to 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
    • The steps can be overcome by using the ramp to the ramped entrance and proceeding around the building (shown in photograph 8).

Outside Access (Ramped Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Sutherland building leading to the Architecture and Built Environment wing.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Entrance (Ground Floor Entrance from Sutherland Building)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of Sutherland Building, to the left as you enter via the front ramped entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped or 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 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 164cm (5ft 5in).
  • 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/slope bypasses the steps.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 138cm.
  • 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 2 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Entrance (Ground Floor Entrance from Sutherland Building Main Stairwell Lobby)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the Sutherland Building, in the main staircase lobby.
    • 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 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a button to unlock the door for exit.
    • The height of the button is 117cm.
    • This entrance gives access to the landing between LG and G at the rear stairs.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to Architecture Studio 009 from the Sutherland Building Ground Floor entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • This level change is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to rooms 107 - 114 and the standard toilets on the first floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • This level change is shown in photographs 3 and 4.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to Architecture Studio 0011.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is a steep ramp, with no handrails, for access to Architecture Studio 0011.
    • The width of the ramp is 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • This level change is shown in photographs 5 - 9.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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 the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Fixed loops are located in the main teaching rooms.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 10 - 13 show the studio area on the lower ground floor.
    • Photographs 14 - 15 show the studio area on the ground floor.
    • Photographs 16 - 18 show the first floor.

Other Floors (East Wing Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G and 1.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the lower ground floor entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the first floor.
    • 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.

Other Floors (Left Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG and G.
    • The stairs are located to the rear left of the building as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 16m from the lower ground floor entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single 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.

Other Floors (Right Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG and G.
    • The stairs are located at the rear right of the building as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m from the lower ground floor entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between 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.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the rear right of the building as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and LG.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 500kg.
  • The lift is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the lower ground floor entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 148cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does 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 platform lift accesses a small level change from the lower ground floor of the building to the lower ground floor of the main east wing, giving access to the east wing lift only.

Lift (East Wing Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the left hand side of the main corridor as you enter from the front left ramped entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, UG, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on the ground floor and on the first floor.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 900kg.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the front left ramped 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 137cm x 149cm (4ft 6in x 4ft 11in).
  • 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 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access to the platform lift.
    • You have to transfer to the platform lift to get to the lower ground floor level of the new East Wing.
    • LG goes to architecture platform lift to complete journey to the lower ground floor.
    • G gives access to the ground floor of the main Sutherland building and associated entrances.
    • UG gives access to the ground floor of the Architecture and Built Environment building.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the lower ground floor, off the corridor to the right as you enter via the LG entrance, on the ground floor off the east wing stairwell.
  • Gender Neutral standard toilet facilities are located on the lower ground floor, off the corridor to the right as you enter via the LG entrance, on the ground floor off the east wing stairwell.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the first floor in the east wing stairwell.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the first floor in the staff offices area at the top of the east wing stairs.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Lower Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor, along the corridor to the right as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lower ground floor entrance.
    • 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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 153cm x 215cm (5ft x 7ft 1in).
    • 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female 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 fair.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is not 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) to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • 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).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 93cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, in the East Wing stairwell, to the right as you enter via the Sutherland Ground Floor entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Sutherland ground floor entrance.
    • 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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 149cm x 214cm (4ft 11in x 7ft).
    • The accessible toilet does not 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin and a waste disposal 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 fair.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the left.
    • There is not 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 good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 92cm (3ft).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • 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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
    • 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 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The gender neutral toilet is located on the lower ground floor, along the corridor to the right as you enter via the lower ground floor entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the lower ground floor entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are good.