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Metallurgy and Materials Building

Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include labs, lecture theatres and teaching rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The building is made up of four blocks; A, B, C and D.
    • All blocks are linked on the first and second floors.
    • There is no internal link between Blocks A and B, and C and D on the ground floor.

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 side 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 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 310cm x 380cm (10ft 2in x 12ft 6in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 3m (9ft 10in) from the Block A entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 26m (28yd) from the Block C 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 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
    • There is one designated Blue Badge bay located next to the Block A entrance, and two in the car park close to the Block C entrance.

Outside Access (Block A Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the side of Block A, by the car park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • There is also a similar entrance on the far side of the entrance foyer, which leads out towards the Block C entrance.
    • These entrances give access to the ground floor of Blocks A and B.

Outside Access (Block C Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the courtyard next to Block B.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 167cm (5ft 6in) 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 187cm (6ft 2in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • There is a similar entrance on the far side of Block C, which leads out to the rear of the building.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the front of the lecture theatres in this building.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • The botton four steps only have a handrail on the left hand side going up.
    • There are identical stairs in all blocks.

Lift (Block B)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far end of Block B.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is 45m (49yd) from Block A entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 146cm x 217cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 1in).
  • There are 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 not 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift in Block D, although it does not have separate entrances.

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 9m (29ft 6in) from the Block A entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the side of the Block A entrance foyer.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 160cm (6ft 11in x 5ft 3in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 145cm (4ft 9in).
    • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 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).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical toilets located on the first and second floors of Block B.
    • There are similar toilets, except with the transfer space on the right, on the ground floors of Blocks C and D, and the first and second floors of Block C.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located on the first floor of Block C.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 48cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is also an accessible shower on the ground floor of Block C.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the side of the Block A entrance foyer.
    • The female and male toilets are 9m (29ft 6in) from the Block A entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also male and female toilets on the ground floor of the Block C, and on the first and second floors of Blocks B and C.
    • These contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards.
    • There are also male toilets on the ground floor of Block D.

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.