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Great Wilkins Halls of Residence

Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9QW

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Great Wilkins Halls of Residence is only accessible from the campus via car due to steep slopes, steps and uneven surfaces throughout the campus.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the Falmer Campus.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Falmer.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is in the inner courtyard.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 450cm x 350cm (14ft 9in x 11ft 6in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 12m (13yd) from the Block B entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 31m (34yd) from the Block B 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 block paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The inner courtyard car park is for residents with disabilities only, reception staff and deliveries.
    • It can be used as a pick up and drop off point at the start and end of term.

Outside Access (Block B Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic door requires a residents key card to operate.
    • The key pad is located at the bottom of the ramp.
    • There is similiar access to Blocks A and C, but these do not have automatic doors.

Level Change (Block B 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 moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • The lift is located opposite the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is 4m (13ft 1in) from Block B entrance.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 104cm x 137cm (3ft 5in 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 controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The control are above 110 cm.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the lift in Block B.
    • There is an identical lift in the other 2 blocks.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 4 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • The accessible facilities are located in Block B.
    • The room number viewed was Flat 3 room 2.
    • The width of the door to the room is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 160cm x 200cm (5ft 3in x 6ft 7in).
    • The bed is 60cm (1ft 12in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 31cm (1ft 0in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the room.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the bedroom are an accessible oven, sink and hob in the shared kitchen.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 155cm x 150cm (5ft 1in x 4ft 11in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • It is a push button style of alarm.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the sink is 73cm (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 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • 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 both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are not 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 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is poor.
    • 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 poor.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • 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 fair.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Flashing alarms is available.
    • Flashing fire alarms are in rooms.
    • The accommodation does not provide any other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • There are 4 accessible rooms with wheel in showers.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 2 shows the shared kitchen in Flat 2, which also contains 2 adapted rooms.
    • Here, the hob and sink are lowered to a height of 74cm.

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.