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James Lighthill House

1-25 Penton Rise, London, WC1X 9EN

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Introduction

  • James Lighthill House is divided into two buildings: the main building and the lodge. To access the lodge and the rear of the main building it is necessary to enter the main building and proceed to enter the courtyard to its rear - which is only possible via steps.
  • There is also a separate building containing security and a launderette in front of the main building's entrance.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • There are no parking charges.
  • The car park is located to the left of the main entrance.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • 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 not have tactile paving.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The parking is for contractors only. Special provision can be made in special circumstances but only on a short term basis.

Outside Access (Main Building)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Penton Rise.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • There is 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The details for the first entrance refer to the gate off Penton Rise. This can be seen in photograph 1.

Reception

  • The James Lighthill House reception is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • 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 no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
    • 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
    • There is no step free access to the lodge or the main building as there entrances are located off the courtyard. However within each of the building there are no areas that have to be overcome by steps.
    • The flooring in the lodge as seen in photographs 3 & 4 is very shiny making it particularly difficult to notice any wet area.
    • This may make slipping a potential hazard.

Other Floors (Main Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
    • There is a set of stairs at the end of the entrance foyer that leads between LG-G (as shown in photograph 3).

Lift (Main Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 102cm x 130cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Main Building)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the lower ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 7m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

Entrance (Courtyard Access)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the entrance building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the rear of the main building leading out into the courtyard.
    • There is / are 15+ step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.

Outside Access (Main Building Rear)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the Courtyard.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Other Floors (Main Building Rear)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the fourth floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Main Building Rear)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 102cm x 130cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 bright.

Outside Access (Lodge)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the Courtyard.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Lift (Lodge)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left on entering the lodge.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on the second floor.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the lodge entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • 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 bright.

Other Floors (Lodge)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 2 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to JG2.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the ground floor of the lodge house.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was JG2.
    • The width of the door to the room is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 185cm x 190cm (6ft 1in x 6ft 3in).
    • The bed is 50cm (1ft 8in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 30cm (12in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the room.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 218cm x 270cm (7ft 2in x 8ft 10in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are 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.
    • The shower seat is flip down.
    • The shower seat height is 40cm (1ft 4in).
    • There are handrails available.
  • 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 bright.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include vibrating pillows.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
    • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • 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.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.

Outside Access (Circuit Launderette)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located between the main gate and main building entrance.
    • There is step free access 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 78cm (2ft 7in).

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