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William Kay House - The International Society

The University of Manchester, 327 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The International Society organises trips and social events for students visiting from foreign countries. It also runs language classes for foreign students whose first language is not English.
    • It also acts as an information service on things to do and places to go in Manchester.
    • This building is linked internally to the William Kay House - The Sports Directorate on the ground floor.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Manchester.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manchester Oxford Road.
  • 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 not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the back of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Car Park G is located to the rear of this building, off Rumford Street.
    • Please see the guide for theCar Park Gfor more details.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 104cm (3ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is not a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 104cm (3ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There is an intercom, 131 cm high, at this entrance.
    • This entrance leads directly into the Small World Cafe.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp overcomes the steps, and has handrails both sides going up.
    • The rear courtyard is located off Bright Place which has a cobbled surface.

Reception (Main)

  • The reception desk is 26m (28yd) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is not level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows Rooms 3, 4 and 5 on the ground floor.
    • Photograph 2 shows Room 1 on the first floor.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk is accessed from the accessible entrance and the cafe via Rooms 3, 4 and 5. These rooms have partitions which can be opened to give access. The floor is uneven at these partitions (shown in photograph 2).
    • Access between the cafe and reception without going through Rooms 3, 4 and 5 involves going down the two steps by the toilets, and then back up two further steps by the stairs.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are Rooms 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and staff offices.

Lift

  • There is not a lift for public use.

Eating and Drinking (Small World Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 6m (19ft 8in) from the accessible entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot meals and snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 15:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 15:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of The Sports Directorate, which is linked to this building.
  • Please see the separate guide for William Kay House - The Sports Directorate for more details.

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading from the cafe to the toilets.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.