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Goldney Hall Residences

Lower Clifton Hill, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 1BH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include accommodation (a few with ensuite allocated based on medical need) with shared kitchens and bathrooms. L Block, the most accessible block due to its automatic doors, has an accessible room with wheel-in shower as well as standard rooms with ensuite.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a common room (meeting/study area) with accessible and standard toilets, a laundrette, tennis courts and gardens. There are slight and steep slopes or steps to navigate around the area between accommodation blocks. The slight and steep ramp/slopes can be used to avoid the steps to access the laundrette and the accommodation blocks on the lower side of the site.
  • There are various blocks of accommodation with some similar and different access: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K, J, L.
  • There is no reception point within Goldney Hall residences. The reception point serving this residence is Clifton Hill House. For recorded or non-recorded mail use the Student Support Centre address: Your name, West Residential Village Student Support Centre, Clifton Hill House, Lower Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BX. There are pigeon holes/ a post room for your residence which you will need your university card to access.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the city centre follow the A4 towards Avonmouth.
      Having passed the Cathedral on your right and the at Bristol Science Centre on the left, you reach a signal controlled roundabout.
      Take the second exit to Jacobs Wells Road and then the first turning on the left (200m) Constitution Hill.
      The Lower Clifton residences are located at the top of Constitution Hill.
    • There are a limited number of spaces at the residences.
      The Residential Halls have a parking permit system in place.
      Student Permits are free for Blue Badge holders (or where permission has been granted).
      All other parking is on the roadside and is mostly Residents Parking Zones with limited pay and display parking.
      On-street parking charges and restrictions do not apply to Blue Badge Holders.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus route from the city centre is the number 8 to Victoria Square.
      From the bus stop walk down Clifton Road to Lower Clifton Hill (approximately 500m).
      An alternative is routes 1, 2, 3, 3X, 4, 8, 9 or 16 (the University Bus) to Triangle West.
      The walking route from the bus stop is down Berkeley Place to Lower Clifton Hill. The gradients in this area are steep and not suitable for people with mobility difficulties.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest main line station is Bristol Temple Meads. The number 8 bus stops at the main entrance to the station.

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by visitors, Blue Badge holders, staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all except permit and Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of the main entrance gates into the accommodation court.
    • 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 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 280cm x 472cm (9ft 2in x 15ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Goldney Hall main site 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 car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • The car park is on a hill so have slight and steep slopes (photographs 1 & 2). Parking in Goldney Hall for visitors and non-permit holders is paid by phone and varies from £1.75 for 2 hours and £10 for 24 hours (photograph 3). The Blue Badge bays have steep slopes and both have a 3cm lip up onto the brick paving in front of the entrance gates (photographs 4-6). Blue Badge holders must also have a valid Bristol University permit to get free parking. There is a slightly raised pedestrian brick paved path towards the main gate from the car park entrance (3cm high).
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Goldney Avenue.
    • There are standard parking bays are on Goldney Avenue just outside the parking for the halls. The bays are 180cm wide and are not split into individual spaces (photographs 7 & 8). There is a payment machine on the pavement which has no dropped kerbs to the bays. The controls vary from 90-100cm and charges apply 9am-7pm Monday to Saturday. Payment can also be made via phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Students can apply for an annual student permit via PermitSmarti and completing the annual student permit form. These are valid from September to July and Blue Badge holders do not need to pay once successful.

Outside Access (Main Goldney Hall Gates to Accommodation)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, with access from the car park.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 154cm (5ft 1in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 118cm (3ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a key code option to enter with controls 134cm high.
    • There is a push-button to exit which is 125cm high or key card reader to exit which is 128cm high.
    • The entrance is level at the door, however on approach via the car park there are steep slopes.
    • Once through the gates from the car park you are under a canopy (underpass under block above - photograph 3).

Outside Access (L Block Accessible Entrance/Block)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of L block directly ahead from the main gate/site entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The key card reader is to the right of the first entrance door. It also has a key code function (photographs 1-3).
    • There is a push-button to exit via the first automatic door from the accommodation block to the left of the door which is 94cm high.
    • The key card/ key code for the second door is before the door on the right and is 104cm high (photographs 4-7).
    • The push-button to exit via the second automatic door is to the left and is 91cm high.

Outside Access (Other Block Entrance - K)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the block just off the path around the site.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 slight.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1-3 show K Block entrance.
    • The other blocks have some similar and different access, with C, D and K having the easiest access apart from accessible block L:
    • A block (photograph 4): Stepped entrance (doorstep) and steps inside (to access ground and first floor kitchens) as well as the main staircase to floors 1, 2 and 3.
    • B Block (photograph 5): stepped (4 steps) entrance and main staircase to floors 1, 2, 3.
    • C Block (photograph 6): level entrance with no step. There are no steps on the floor accessed by this entrance but other levels are reached by stairs.
    • D Block (photographs 7 & 8): ramped approach but a level entrance. Stairs only to other floors apart from one accessed by this door.
    • E Block (photographs 9-11): stepped approach (5 steps) and stepped entrance (doorstep). A bike rack outside this entrance. Stairs only to other floors apart from one accessed by this door.
    • F Block (photograph 12): stepped approach (14 steps) and stepped entrance (doorstep). Stairs only to other floors apart from one accessed by this door.
    • G Block (photograph 13): A flight of unmarked stairs (15+steps) with open risers to access the block. Stairs only to other floors.
    • J Block (photograph 14): Stepped entrance (doorstep). Stairs only to other floors apart from one accessed by this door.
    • L Block: Accessible entrance as detailed previously.

Outside Access (Common Room - General Meeting/Study Area)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located just inside to the left from the main entrance to Goldney Halls (8m).
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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 129cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is 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 single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • The key card reader also has a key code function.
    • At time of survey the door was being permanently held open (September 2021).
    • There is a push button to unlock the door to exit that is 106cm high.

Getting Around Goldney Hall Residences

  • Goldney Hall has a mixture of slight and steep slopes, and steps in between blocks.
  • Photographs 1-2 show the path from the main gate and the steep slope from the garden to the side of the residence.
  • Photographs 3-5 show the slopes/ramps that can be used to navigate around to other accommodation blocks and the laundrette whilst avoiding steps.
  • Photographs 6-7 show the slope down to the flight of stairs that would otherwise have to be used to get to the laundrette if not using the longer sloped approach.

Getting Around (L Block - Accessible Block)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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.

Inside Access (Common Room - General Meeting/ Study Area)

  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the meeting / study seating areas on the ground floor of the area (photographs 1-3). There are further tables and separate study rooms on the floor above only accessible by a manual, heavy doors and stairs (photographs 4-6).
    • On the ground floor there is a piano, various tables that are 73cm high, a few benches 48cm high and coffee table 38cm high.
    • On the first floor there are various separated desks 72cm high with chairs with armrests and further bench/ armchair seating. There is a keyboard within the room first entered on the first floor.
    • There is a manual, heavy door 87cm wide into further seating area with booths (48cm high benches).
    • There is a separate kitchen area with further seating and tables 74cm high and a counter 91cm high. There is also a separate small meeting/study area within this area with similar seating (photographs 7-9).

Other Floors (L Block)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are ground and first floor.
    • The stairs are located directly ahead of L Block entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 1m from the L Block accessible entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on the first floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The steps are marked only on the tread where the black strip is 3cm from the edge of the step.
  • Comments View
    • The other blocks A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K and J all have stairs to access the different floors without lifts.
    • The other blocks mostly consist of a ground floor with 3 levels each with accommodation with shared kitchen and bathrooms reached by stairs.

Other Floors (General Meeting/Study Area)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are the ground and first floor of the general meeting/study area.
    • The stairs are located to the left hand side of the room.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the General Meeting/Study area entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on the ground floor and on the first floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The wooden stairs have black markings on top of the stair only. This marking is 3cm off the edge of the stair so could be dangerous for those with a visual impairment (photograph 5).

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 1 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to Room 0.6 in L Block.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the ground floor (kitchen with automatic door).
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was 0.6.
    • The width of the door to the room is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 230cm x 200cm (7ft 7in x 6ft 7in).
    • The bed is 49cm (1ft 7in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 28cm (11in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) 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 a counter with a sink 80cm high with a knee recess of 67cm.
    • 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 190cm x 165cm (6ft 3in x 5ft 5in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the bathroom.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There are no handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • 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.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • 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 good.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include flashing alarms.
    • Flashing fire alarms are in rooms.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
    • The accommodation does not provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 1 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Rooms are located on the ground floor just to the right of the entrance doors.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors cannot be accessed by lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The door to the accessible room itself is not automatic. The bathroom is in the accessible room has a flashing fire alarm in the bathroom as well as the room (photographs 1-9).
    • The ground floor rooms in L Block have stepped access directly from the individual rooms to outside the accommodation.
    • The standard rooms in L Block also have a counter and sink space within the ensuite rooms. They have a stepped entrance into the bathroom (photographs 10-15).
    • There is a shared kitchen on the ground floor of L Block with an automatic door. The push-button is open is 93cm high to enter and exit (photographs 16-20).
    • The shared kitchen does not have any lowered surfaces but there are lower cupboards. The counters are 92cm high and there is a dining table that is 72cm high. There is stepped access directly outside from the kitchen/dining area.
    • The other blocks A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K, J have shared kitchens and bathrooms (baths and showers) on each floor with no ensuite rooms. An example of the shared kitchens is shown in photographs 22 and 23. Photograph 21 shows the steps into the kitchen on the first two floors in Block A.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Common Room - General Meeting/ Study Area Toilet)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in the common room (meeting/ study area) on the ground floor just ahead from the entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Common Room (Meeting/Study Area) Entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 195cm x 210cm (6ft 5in x 6ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 128cm (4ft 2in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 157cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Standard Toilet(s) (Common Room - General Meeting/ Study Area Toilet)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor within the General Meeting/Study Area.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the General Meeting/Study Area entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • Both toilets are singular cubicles. Photograph 2 is the male and photograph 3 is the female toilets.

Laundrette

  • The laundrette is located on the lower level of the site near to accommodation block A. It can be reached by slopes/ramps.
  • Before the door there is a ramp with a slight gradient that is 116cm wide with a rail round the right hand side (photograph 1 & 2).
  • The doors are manual, double with one door locked and a width of 67cm. The door has a slight lip (photograph 3) and key card reader on handle 113cm high.
  • There are 4 washers and 4 dryers (on top of washing machines) with controls 114cm high for both (photographs 4 & 5). A wash station laundry card is used for payment.
  • There are a few trip hazards due to mats and vents within the area (photograph 6). The light switches are 135cm high.

Gardens & Outdoor Area

  • Within the accommodation area there is a picnic table and green areas for students to relax and enjoy (photographs 1 & 2).
  • There is also access from the residences to the Goldney Hall gardens via steps (shown in photograph 3) or via slopes from the grassy areas within the accommodation area. Photographs 4-7 show the gardens and further steps within this area.
  • There are two tennis courts which do not need to be pre-booked.