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Horton Halls of Residence - Blocks A-E

St George's, University of London, Horton Halls of Residence, St Georges Grove, London, SW17 0BD

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include student accommodation, common rooms and laundry room.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Horton Halls of Residence is located in the Upper Tooting / Earlsfield area of South London.
      From the A24, which joins the A3 and South Circular at Clapham with junction 9 of the M25, turn onto Garrett Land (A217) towards Wandsworth at Tooting Broadway. Turn right onto Aboyne Road, then right onto Strathdon Drive, then immediately left onto St George's Grove. If approaching from Wandsworth, turn left onto Garratt Lane off Wandsworth High Street (A3), and follow the road down through Earlsfield, until you turn left onto Aboyne Road.
      Horton Hall of Residence is not located in the Congestion Charge zone.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop on St George's Grove, approximately 150 metres from the halls, which is served by bus route G1.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station is Earlsfield station, served by South West Trains, which is approximately 1 mile to the north of the site. From there take bus 44, 77 or 270 to Streatham Cemetery (Stop SK), and then take bus G1 to St George's Grove.
      Haydons Road Station, served by Southern and Thameslink trains, is approximately 1.25 mile from the site, but can be accessed by taking bus 493 from Gap Road Plough Lane (Stop HG), approximately 300 metres from the station, to Hazelhurst Estate (Stop SM). From there walk to the Wimbledon Road (Stop SB) on Garratt Lane (approximately 400 metres), and take Bus G1 to St George's Grove.
  • By Underground View
    • Tooting Broadway station, on the Northern Line, is approximately a mile from the site. Bus G1 can be caught from just outside the station to the St George's Grove.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by students.
    • Parking charges apply for all except Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the left as you face the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 238cm x 489cm (7ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are dropped kerbs.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are two Blue Badge bays in front of the building which are available for use without accessing the main car park.
    • The main car park is to the left of the building with one Blue Badge bay and the all other bays are standard bays. There is a barrier to access this car park which students must apply for and pay to use.
    • If the Blue Badge bays at the front of the building are in use, staff will allow access to the Blue Badge bay and standard bays through the barrier to the main car park.

Ramp or Steps to Access Blocks A-E

  • There is a steep permanent ramp split into two sections with 8 landings to enter the courtyard for Blocks A-E.
  • The ramp is 8m from the exit leading from the reception to the courtyard.
  • The first section of the ramp is slight, 8m long, 144cm wide and gives access to Blocks H and I.
  • There is then a level pathway of 27m between the first ramp to the second section of the ramp which provides access to Blocks A-E.
  • The second section of the ramp is steep, 46m long and 189cm wide with 7 landings.
  • There are no handrails for the ramps.
  • There are also 13, unmarked, medium steps with handrails both sides that bypass the majority of the ramp entry to access Blocks A-E.

Outside Access (A Block)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building to the right.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 on exiting the reception to the courtyard to the left.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 144cm (4ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of you as you exit the reception to the courtyard.
    • There is / are 13 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is similar access to Blocks B-E.
    • The entrance to Block B is shown in photograph 5.
    • The entrance to Block C is shown in photograph 6.
    • The entrance to Block D is shown in photograph 7.
    • The entrance to Block E is shown in photograph 8.

Lift (A Block)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) 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 109cm x 139cm (3ft 7in 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 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.

Other Floors (A Block)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located to the left on entering the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the main entrance.
    • 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 deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical staircases in Blocks B-E.

Getting Around (A Block)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • 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 clearly written 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 all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The fifth floor of each block contains a common room including a TV, seating and notice board (shown in photograph 3).

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 4 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the ground floor.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was A008.
    • The width of the door to the room is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 200cm x 240cm (6ft 7in x 7ft 10in).
    • The bed is 62cm (2ft) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 40cm (1ft 4in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the bedroom are an accessible wardrobe.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the accommodation are a sink and hob with a knee recess underneath and an oven at an accessible height. These are available in the shared kitchens of all blocks.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 290cm x 216cm (9ft 6in x 7ft 1in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 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 in height.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are twist/turn.
    • There is no shower seat .
    • There are no handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is good.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is fair.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include flashing alarms.
    • Flashing fire alarms are in rooms.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 4 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors can be accessed by lift.
    • There is level access to standard rooms on other floors.
    • This is by platform lift.
  • Comments View
    • In addition to Block A room A008 there are also accessible rooms on the ground floor of Block B, rooms B001 and B009 and the ground floor of Block C, room C001.
    • Block D has no accessible rooms
    • Block E has no accessible rooms.

Outside Access (Laundry Room Blocks A-E)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to Block E.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • Although there is a key fob required for entry, the door was unlocked at the time of survey.

Laundry Room Blocks A-E

  • There are coin operated accessible washing and drying machines available in the laundry room.
  • Other washers and dryers in the laundry are operated by coin machines located on the far wall at a height of 160cm (shown in photograph 3).
  • There is a sink for handwashing at a height of 75cm.