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Social Learning Zone (S Block)

Building 11, University of Bolton, University Way, Bolton, BL3 5AB

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Introduction

  • The Social Learning Zone is a large open plan space which normally holds seating for student use but can also accommodate events. There is also an area of computer work stations on one side of the zone.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • University of Bolton is located to the south east of Bolton town centre, between Derby Street (A579) and Deane Road (A676).
    • There is limited on site parking available throughout the campus for staff, students and visitors.
  • By Bus View
    • Local buses are available to Derby Street and Deane Road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway station is Bolton. From the station follow the A579. The University is signed. After approximately 500m the University is on the right.

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Chancellor's Car Park.
    • The car park is located on University Way.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located off University Way, in front of the site/campus car park.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1-4 show the site/campus car park.
    • Photographs 5 and 6 show the drop off point and dropped kerb.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 153cm (5ft).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 153cm (5ft).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Social Learning Zone Access Area

  • The Social Learning Zone is located on the left of the Chancellors Mall, opposite the Athena Cafe.
  • There are three large openings separated by pillars as shown in the photograph.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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.

Social Learning Zone

  • There are a variety of tables 70cm and 103cm high with chairs with no arm rests.
  • There are computer benches 69cm and 95cm high with adjustable chairs with no arm rests.
  • There is room for a wheel chair to manoeuvre around the Social Learning Zone.
  • The floor has a blue plastic tactile surface with a shiny finish.

Accessible Toilet (Front Left)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the corridor to the front left of the building as you enter via the main entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 153cm x 244cm (5ft x 8ft).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 88cm (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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change unit within the accessible toilet cubicle.
    • The height of the baby change when extended is 91cm.
    • There is an overhead hoist.
    • The hoist covers the full cubicle.
    • The sling is attached by hook and loop.
    • This toilet can also be accessed from the Social Learning Zone.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are female and male toilet facilities available on level S1.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on level S1, to the left as you enter the building via the main entrance.
    • There is a male 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 11m 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.
  • Comments View
    • These toilets can also be accessed from the Social Learning Zone.