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Gisbert Kapp Building

Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a staff offices, computer cluster, research and teaching laboratory and storage facilities for the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Other facilities include seminar rooms and lecture theatres, a small cafĂ© area, The Link Learning Suite.
  • Related link 52 Pritchatts Road.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/en/access-guide/url-52-pritchatts-road
  • Comments View
    • This building is linked to 52 Pritchatts Road. Both buildings share the same entrances.

Location

  • The venue is situated to the North East of the centre of the Edgbaston campus.
  • The venue is not on a road with a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline Railway Station is University.
  • 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 front 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 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 240cm x 450cm (7ft 10in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (20yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 25m (27yd) from the main entrance.
    • 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 uneven surfaces.
    • 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
    • There is also a car park at the rear of the building (shown in photograph 2), which has a loose chippings surface and no designated Blue Badge bays.

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 automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors open towards you.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the bridge leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Rear 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 automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 176cm (5ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Level Change (Access From Rear Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the main foyer and the ground floor.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Lift (Access From Rear Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you enter the rear entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 675 kg.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the rear entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 95cm x 132cm (3ft 1in x 4ft 4in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does 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 moderate to good.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 3m (9ft 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • Comments View
    • There is an infrared assisted hearing system installed within the lecture theatres and rooms.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • Motorised wheelchairs are allowed in public parts of the venue.
    • The Gisbert Kapp Building is linked internally to the neighbouring building 52 Pritchatts Road via the ground floor link (shown in photograph 2).

Level Change (Ground Floor Corridor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the ground floor leading to NG8-NG11.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading to rooms NG8-NG11.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 7m (22ft 12in) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 34cm (1ft 1in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • The type of food served here is tea and snacks.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • 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.

Lift

  • The lift is located in the corridor to the left of reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • The lift is 26m (28yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 196cm (4ft 3in x 6ft 5in).
  • 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 controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Level Change (The Link)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the first floor, by the lifts.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Teaching Spaces

  • Lecture rooms LT1 and 2, and N224 and 225 on the first floor have either raked or flat-floored fixed seating, with designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front.
  • All larger teaching rooms and lecture facilities include Infrared hearing assistance systems.
  • The headsets are obtainable through the University department - Learning Spaces.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located next to the cafe.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 215cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 1in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 104cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 76cm (2ft 6in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional adapted toilets with similar specifications on all floors.

Standard Toilet(s)

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 not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.