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Learning Skills and Development Centre

University College Birmingham, The Link, 65-77 Summer Row, Birmingham, B3 1JJ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include student guidance for exams and any other learning needs, and student research computers.

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in April 2021.
  • The building is open as normal, however opening times for some services are restricted and subject to change.
  • Parking is in use as normal.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 110cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is not a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • The one-way system is clearly marked/signed.
  • Entry and exit through the main entrance security barriers is a keep right system.
  • Inside the building there is a keep left system where possible.
    There are clear floor markings on the ground floor and limited floor markings on all other floors.
  • Every other computer is switched off in the library areas.
    There is only one person allowed per booth, and one way to enter and exit on floor 4.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There is clear signage to help with social distancing on all floors of the building.
  • There are no protective screens at desks or counters.
  • There is a keep left system in operation for the stairs, but this is not signed on the main stairs.
    There is signage advising social distancing.
  • A maximum of 3 people are allowed to use the lift at any one time.
    There is clear signage to indicate this.
  • Toilets are available.
  • Accessible toilets are in use as normal but only one person at a time (excluding a carer) is allowed to use the toilets.
    There is clear signage explaining this.
  • Standard toilets are in use as normal but only one person at a time is allowed to use the toilets.
    There is clear signage explaining this.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • This venue is located on Charlotte Street, which is one of the main routes running through this side of the city and easily accessed via many modes of transport.
    • This venue has its own car park which is for permit holders only.
      Users must gain authorisation before parking in this car park.
      There are public car parks within 200m.
  • By Bus View
    • The closest bus stop is located on the B4135 parade, approximately 70m away from the building.
      This bus stop is served by several different bus routes including 82 Platinum, 87 Platinum, and 89.
  • By Train View
    • The closest train station to this venue is Birmingham Snow Hill, which is located approximately 0.5 miles away, off Queensway.
      This station has 2 main train companies, West Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways.
  • 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 permit holders.
    • Parking charges apply for non permit holders.
    • The car park is located at the rear of The Link Building, on Charlotte Street.
    • 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 350cm x 575cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 90m (98yd 1ft) 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is NCP Car Park Birmingham Newhall Street.
    • The car park is located on Newhall Street.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 280cm x 670cm (9ft 2in x 21ft 12in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Lionel Street.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 190cm x 600cm (6ft 3in x 19ft 8in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Lionel Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
    • All persons using the car park must get authorisation to do so in advance.
  • Comments View
    • There is on-street Blue Badge and standard parking on Fleet Street which is slightly closer to The Link.
    • At the time of this survey there was building work on Fleet Street and these bays were not in use.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on Summer Row.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 155cm (5ft 1in).
    • 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 129cm (4ft 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 security barriers just beyond the second entrance door.
    • The security barriers are operated by a key card.
    • The height of the key card reader is 95cm.
    • There is an accessible security barrier to the left as you enter.
    • The accessible security barrier has a width of 89cm.
    • There are 3 standard security barriers to the right as you enter.
    • The standard security barriers have a width of 54cm.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6.
    • The stairs are located in the corridor, ahead as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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 similar staircase leading from the ground floor to the basement, located just past the help desk (photographs 5 and 6).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the corridor, ahead as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 137cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 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.

Entrance (Learning Skills and Development Centre)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the sixth floor of The Link.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 92cm (3ft).

Reception

  • Learning Skills and Development Centre Help Desk is located ahead as you enter.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the 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 good.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are chairs and stools in the reception area that do not have armrests.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Learning Skills and Development Centre

  • The Learning Skills and Development Centre is located on the sixth floor of The Link.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The flooring is a mixture of vinyl and carpet tiles.
  • Some flooring has a shiny finish which could be mistaken as wet.
  • There is a computer area to the rear of the Learning Skills and Development Centre.
  • There is a door to enter the rear area of the Learning Skills and Development Centre.
  • The door is manual and opens towards you (pull).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The width of the door is 92cm.
  • There are computer desks within the Learning Skills and Development Centre.
  • The height of the computer desks is 70cm.
  • Some chairs are on wheels and do not have armrests.
  • The height to the top of the computer screens is 118cm.
  • There are tables and chairs in the area to the rear off the Learning Skills and Development Centre Help Desk.
  • The height of the tables is 70cm.
  • Some chairs are on wheels.
  • There are no chairs with armrests.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on the ground and first floor of The Link.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on the sixth floor of The Link.