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Elmwood Building - Geography Building

Queen's University Belfast, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6AZ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Natural and Built Environment.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Elmwood Avenue is located in the main University Area on the far side of University Road.
    • There is the Fitzwilliam Street campus car park which is available to staff and visitor permit holders in this area. There is unmarked parking available on Elmwood Avenue.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearby bus stop on College Green Serves Routes 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 29, 29c, 652. While the Queen's University Bus station on University Road serves routes 8a 8b, 8c, 8d, 13, 22, 93, 209, 238, 251u, 261, 273, 522, 524, 524a.
  • By Train View
    • Botanic Train Station is located just to the north of the main university area, approximately 0.3 miles from University Square.
  • Useful Links View

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 and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Fitzwilliam Street.
    • The car park is located off Fitzwilliam Street.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • 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 300cm x 350cm (9ft 10in x 11ft 6in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on along Elmwood Avenue.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Elmwood Avenue.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Elmwood Avenue)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Elmwood Avenue.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Students Union Elmwood and Elmwood Building - Geography Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 320cm x 500cm (10ft 6in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Students Union Elmwood.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Students Union Elmwood.
    • The nearest designated bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Students Union Elmwood.

Site/Campus Car Park (Fitzwilliam Street Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Fitzwilliam Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Geography Building, Guthrie House, 42 Fitzwilliam Street and Students Union Elmwood.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 530cm (13ft 1in x 17ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped access to the car park from the Geography Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the 42 Fitzwilliam Street Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 42m (45yd 2ft) from the 42 Fitzwilliam Street Building.

Outside Access

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, facing the car park.
    • There is step free access 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • Only one of the double doors opens with the push pad button, the other door must be opened manually.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the basement level toilets and access to the front seating and lecturer's area in G.029.
    • The width of the ramp is 148cm (4ft 10in).
    • This slope is shown in photograph 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 good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • 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, Entrance, G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located directly in front of the entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar staircase at the rear left side of the building. This staircase is shown in photographs 3 and 4.

Lift (Entrance to Basement)

  • There is not a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are entrance and basement.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 79cm x 102cm (2ft 7in x 3ft 4in).
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you exit the Entrance to Basement lift.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Entrance to Basement lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 131cm x 125cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 1in).
  • 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 bright.

Reception (Coursework Submissions)

  • Coursework Submissions is located to the left as you exit the lift on the first floor.
  • The desk is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Entrance to Basement lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the basement floor to the left at the end of the corridor in front of you as you exit the Entrance to Basement lift.
    • There is not 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 223cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 4in).
    • 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 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • 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 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 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 42cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 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 (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor and the second floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located at the rear of the basement floor.
    • 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 17m from the Entrance to Basement Lift.
    • 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.