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Staffordshire University Lichfield Campus

South Staffordshire College - Lichfield, The Friary, Lichfield, WS13 6QG

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • There have been no changes to the parking or Blue Badge parking bays.
  • Hand sanitising stations are located at entrances and entry points.
  • All buildings now have one way systems in place.
  • The University is currently operating at 20% staff and student on campus restrictions at any one time.
  • Floor markings are in place to identify social distancing requirements.
  • All desks with student facing interactions have been fitted with protective screens.
  • There is single person list access throughout all buildings.
  • All toilets have been signed to indicate that face coverings should be worn and some larger facilities have had the number of washbasins and stalls limited.
  • Some toilets have been designated as single use only.
  • Some changing areas have been limited to enable social distancing.
  • The University has situated Student Ambassadors at building entrances to provide advice on procedures and social distancing measures.
  • The venue is not certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Summary

  • Building View
    • Services / Facilities within the building include; Classrooms, Lecture Room, Teaching Rooms, Business Village Rooms and Café.
  • Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities View
    • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the ground floor in the corridor opposite the reception area.
    • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the right of the reception area and also on the first floor in the corridor to the far left as you exit the lift.
    • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the right of the reception area and also on the first floor in the corridor to the far left as you exit the lift.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Staffordshire University Lichfield Campus is located close to the city centre and railway station. Approximately 1.6 miles from A38 which leads to the M6 (Toll) via the A5206 London Road, A51 Upper St Johns Street and the Friary.
    • University West Car Park has spaces for visitors, staff and Blue Badge holders. There are limited drop off parking bays available also.
  • By Bus View
  • By Train View

Useful Information

Building Parking (University East Car Park)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by anybody.
    • Parking charges apply for all except permit and Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of 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 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 325cm x 465cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays do not have a marked zone around them.
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 22m from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is University West Car Park.
    • The car park is located off the Friary Roundabout to the right as you approach the campus.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located between the Blue Badge Parking and Visitor parking bays.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There are two drop off bays that are restricted to ten minutes only. As shown in photograph 5. There are five visitor bays next to the drop off points. As shown in photograph 6. The area beyond the barrier at the front of the car park is for staff only. As shown in photograph 12. Payment is via payment meter, app or phone. Please refer to the following link:- m.paybyphone.co.uk and reference location 59579.

Approach (Main Entrance)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is tarmac and concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent, has a slight gradient and has no handrails.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a slope leading from the car park close to the last Blue Badge parking bay as you face the entrance. This slope is an easy slope leading to the main walkway and is 2.50 in gradient. Photograph 2 shows this slope.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor of the building.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Reception'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 135cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 137cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a hand sanitiser available on the left as you enter from the main entrance after the second set of doors. This hand sanitiser is 111cm in height. As shown in photograph 8.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead to the right as you enter.
    • The reception point is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are moderate to good.
    • The height of the reception counter is 78cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the desk.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 07/09/2020.
    • The hearing loop was not working at the time of testing.
    • There is wayfinding signage available at/close to the reception.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is vinyl.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is not a waiting area close to the reception point.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the café.
    • The café is located on the ground floor to the right as you enter from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the café.
    • For access there is a single manual door which is permanently held open.
  • Service and Menus View
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Staff can read menus to customers if requested.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 109cm.
    • The height of the lowered section at the counter is 88cm.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the lowest dining table is 65cm.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the highest dining table is 72cm.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 72cm.
    • The surface height of the highest table is 105cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • There are also high tables.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There are two picnic tables available outside the main entrance that are 72cm in height with fixed seating and no armrests. At time of survey (September 2020), the café was not open and was going to be open as a takeaway only in the short term. A one way system was in place, with the exit being the fire escape on the far side of counter (shown in photograph 11).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building.
    • There is sloped/ramped access to There is a ramp leading from the ground to first floor, just after reception.
    • At time of survey (September 2020). A one way system was in place in the corridors around the campus.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • There are corridors/walkways with a surface width of less than 120cm (excluding any permanent obstructions over a small distance).
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet, vinyl and wood.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are provided in some corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all corridors/walkways.
    • There are no seats/chairs at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
    • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in communal areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the communal areas of the building.
    • Photographs 1-5 show the corridors on the ground floor. Photographs 6-9 show the corridors on the first floor. Photographs 10-16 show UL121 IT Room on the first floor after ramp leading from the ground floor. The doors are single, over 75cm, pull to open and the tables are 74-76cm in height and chairs with no handrails available.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 17-24 show LC011 Curriculum Room (Lecture Hall) on the first floor after the ramp leading from the ground floor and next to room UL121. The doors are single, over 75cm, pull to open and the tables are 72-73cm in height and chairs with and without handrails are available.
    • Photographs 25-26 show LC009 IT Room on the first floor after the ramp leading from the ground floor and next to room UL121.
    • The doors are single, over 75cm, pull to open and the tables are 72-73cm in height and chairs with and without handrails are available.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Ground to First Floor)

  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located on the ground floor immediately beyond the reception area as you enter from the main entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the first floor.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.
    • There is a standard lift to overcome the ramp(s)/slope(s).
  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 3 View
    • There is a standard lift to overcome the ramp(s)/slope(s).

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located on the ground floor to the right immediately beyond the reception and opposite the ramp/slope for the first floor.
    • The stairs are approximately 17m from the main reception.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is not a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are moderate to good.
  • Other Information View
    • There are two additional stairwells located at the reception area and at the rear of the corridor facing the reception area. Photographs 5-6 show the stairwell at the rear of the corridor opposite the reception area. Photographs 7-9 show the stairwell at the reception area.

Lift

  • The lift is for staff use only.
  • The lift is located on the ground floor in the corridor opposite the reception and opposite the accessible toilet.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are moderate to good.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor in the corridor opposite the reception and opposite the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main 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 written text and 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 light.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 141cm x 200cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • 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 general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • 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 95cm.
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor to the right beyond the reception area, as you enter from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 24m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • 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 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever twist.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a red flashing alarm beacon. Photographs 1-4 show the female standard toilets. Photographs 5-8 show the male standard toilets.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the first floor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 14m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • 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 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever twist.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a red flashing alarm beacon. Photographs 9-11 show the female standard toilets. Photographs 12-15 show the male standard toilets.