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Headways Building

Bede Campus, Durham Road, Sunderland, SR3 4AH

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Headways Building is located at the front of the Bede Campus.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 21:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Sunderland.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Sunderland.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is University.

Site/Campus Car Park (Bede Campus Site/Campus Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the rear right of the Campus.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Bede and Barnes Buildings.
    • 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 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 227cm x 475cm (7ft 5in x 15ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, students, visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
  • 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 Bede and Barnes Buildings.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Bede and Barnes Buildings.
    • The nearest designated bay is 100m (109yd 1ft) from the Bede Building Main Entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building facing the Arts Academy.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is 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 single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).

Outside Access (Main Courtyard - Front Left)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the main Courtyard facing the Bede Building, at the front left.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in The Courtyard, to the right of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads directly to a staircase which can not be bypassed.

Outside Access (Main Courtyard - Rear Right)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in The Courtyard facing the Bede Building, at the rear right.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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 single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the rear left corridor on the ground floor.
    • This ramp is located on the ground floor at the rear left of the building and is in the corridor just past room 1.27 and just before room 1.02 and is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the ground floor front corridor, between room 1.24 and room 1.19.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a steep ramp, with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the ground floor front corridor, between room 1.24 and room 1.19.
    • The width of the ramp is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • These steps and ramp are located on the ground floor, in the front corridor, between room 1.24 and room 1.19 and are shown in photographs 3 to 6.
    • 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 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop is available from a member of staff and can be used in most areas of the building.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 30/03/2022.
    • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located in the front right corner, as you enter via the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar staircases in all corners of the building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the rear right corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (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.
  • 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 good.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located on the ground floor of the Headways Building in the left hand corridor as you enter from the accessible rear entrance.
    • The facility is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 300cm x 420cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 9in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is corner.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 300cm (9ft 10in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Dropdown rails are provided for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the dropdown rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Accessible Shower View
    • Accessible shower facilities are available.
    • The facilities available in the accessible shower are handrails and a flip-down seat.
    • The height of the seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Floor 1 - Front of Front Left Corridor - Left Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on floor 1, in the front left corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 40m (43yd 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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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 150cm x 216cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a 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 good.
    • 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 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 sanitary and general waste (with lid) 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.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • 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 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 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • 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 73cm (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 103cm.
    • 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 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar accessible toilets on the first floor and second floor.

Standard Toilet(s) (Floor 1 - Left Corridor)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on floor 1, in the left corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 50m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is available.
    • There are horizontal wall mounted rails available on both sides of the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar standard toilets on the first floor and second floor.

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 normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 3.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.