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C Block

Blossomfield Campus, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1SB

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • There have been no changes to parking or the Blue Badge parking bays.
  • Staff are located at the entrances.
  • Additional entrances and exits are currently in place for students to assist with social distancing.
  • Visitors to the college will still use the main entrance and exit points.
  • Some of the additional entrance and exit points may not be suitable for wheelchair users. Please phone in advance for more information.
  • Additional hand sanitising stations have been installed at entrances, in each classrooms and in corridors.
  • There may be restrictions on the number of people allowed into shared services at any one time.
  • People are advised to keep left in corridors and to keep moving to their destination and not congregate in corridors.
  • Signs have been put up on walls and doors to remind people to maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, keep left in corridors and to regularly wash / sanitise hands.
  • Floor signs are in place at the main reception desks.
  • All counters now have protective screens.
  • Some urinals and cubicles in standard toilets have been closed to assist with social distancing.
  • Track and Trace is in use for the Hair & Beauty Salons through the NHS COVID APP.
  • Many of the social areas within the college are closed to prevent student bubbles from mixing.
  • Staggered break and lunch times are in place to assist with social distancing in refectories.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The C Block (Technology Centre) is located to the rear of the refectory.
    • The C Block is accessible via the Main Reception Entrance.
    • The C Block and B Block are joined on all floors.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Blossomfield Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Solihull.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located to the left of the main Campus 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 15+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 500cm x 400cm (16ft 5in x 13ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 90m (98yd 1ft) from the Main Reception Entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 95m (103yd 2ft) from the Main Reception 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 uneven surfaces.
    • 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.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located to the front of the College Building.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is tactile paving on the dropped kerb.

Outside Access (Main Reception Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a revolving door next to this entrance.

Level Change (Main Reception Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.

Outside Access (Refectory Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located ahead as you enter the Main Reception Entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).

Outside Access (C Block Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the refectory.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

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.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located to the rear of C Block.
    • The stairs are approximately 33m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located within the ground floor foyer of C Block.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the C Block 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 110cm x 144cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 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 low.
  • Comments View
    • An access code is required to operate the lift, available from reception.

Outside Access (Higher Education Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the fourth floor of C Block.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial, Braille and tactile signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor of C Block.
    • There are identical accessible toilets on all other floors of C Block except the ground floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from staff at main reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 200cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not 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 clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 119cm from the floor.
  • 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 not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 78cm.
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical accessible toilets on all other floors of C Block except the ground floor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor, the second floor, the third floor and the fourth floor.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the fourth floor.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

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 generally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 3.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • There is Braille and Tactile signage throughout the college.
    • Documents including student policies and statements can be also be requested in symbol, on audio tapes and on computer disk.
    • There is a Braille Reader available for students on request.
    • There are 24 members of staff trained at BSL Level 1, 1 member of staff trained at level 2, and 1 member of staff trained at level 3.
    • Throughout the college there are computers which have visual software available.
    • There are fire alarm alerters for people with hearing impairments available at reception.
    • There is a mobile hoist with a hook and loop attachment available on request.
    • There is a Minicom number available: 0121 678 7005.