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Kedleston Road Site, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include
    First Floor (N1)
    • Education and Childhood Studies teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Second Floor (N2)
    • Radiography teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Third Floor (N3)
    • Nursing teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Fourth Floor (N4)
    • Mental Health Nursing teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Fifth Floor (N5)
    • Business and Finance teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Sixth (N6) and Seventh Floor (N7)
    • College of Life and Natural Sciences teaching rooms and staff rooms

    Eighth Floor (N8)
    • Biological and Forensic Sciences teaching rooms and staff rooms
    .

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University is situated just off the A38 Queensway to the west of Derby City. There are clearly signed routes to the M1 north and south. From either direction travel to the A38 Markeaton Island and take the exit signposted University of Derby. After 200m bear left onto the slip road and remain in the left lane. Turn left into Kedleston Road and take the right hand lane, signposted University. The main entrance is clearly signposted 100m on the right. Just inside the University grounds is the security barrier. Permit holders use the left lane, visitors use the right lane.
    • There are designated car parks for students, visitors and staff. There is also an extensive park and ride facility at Markeaton Park served by the free Unibus service direct to the main entrance.
  • By Bus View
    • Unibus serves the Kedleston Road campus and all University owned Halls of Residence. The services also serve the railway station and the city centre. The Unibus is free for staff and students with a valid ID card and the public can also use the service at a fare of £2.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest main railway station is Derby which has local services and direct services to London, and the CrossCountry network serving England, Wales and Scotland. From Derby Station the Unibus is a direct route to the Kedleston Road site.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Parking

  • There are separate guides for car parks for staff, students and visitors which serve all the buildings on the campus.
  • There is drop off point located between Kedleston Road and Car Park 1.
  • For information on Car Park 1 – Student Car Park please click here
  • For information on Car Park 3 – Staff Car Park please click here
  • For information on the Visitors Car Park please click here.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • 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) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 9 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Entry and Exit Barriers

  • Immediately beyond the reception desk are automated barriers. There is a gate to the left for mobility impaired students and visitors which may be opened by swiping an ID card (110cm high reader) or by the reception staff. The gate is 120cm wide. The standard gates are 80cm wide and are operated by the ID card. Adjacent to the entry barriers are the exit barriers which have the same dimensions.
  • All entry to the University buildings is through these controlled barriers.

Level Change (Atrium Levels 1 and 2)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located ahead on the left as you enter the atrium, leading from the reception area to level 1.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located towards the middle of the atrium ground floor, on the left.
  • There is/are 12 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar easy ramp located to the left of the first ramp to give access from level 1 to level 2 (photographs 4-6).
    • The steps give access to the central landing of the ramp between levels 1 and 2.

Lift (Disabled Access Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the North Tower entrance doors on The Atrium Level 2.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the Main Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 100cm (3ft 9in x 3ft 3in).
  • 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 does have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.

Entrance (North Tower)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Level 2 of The Atrium.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is one set of manual, heavy, double doors between the Atrium area and this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 165cm (5ft 5in).

Lift (North Tower)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located inside the North Tower Entrance doors to the left.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the North Tower Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 185cm x 187cm (6ft 1in x 6ft 2in).
  • 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 does have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
    • The stairs are located to the right inside the North Tower Entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the North Tower Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are lift lobbies 3/4 5/6 and 7/8.
  • Comments View
    • The Disabled Access lift bypasses the inaccessible landings giving access to all facilities.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • 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 clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • 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.

Teaching/Seminar Room(s)

  • Directional and locational signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front.
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 75cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the room(s) available on request.
  • There is a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 70cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Disabled Access Lift, 4th floor.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the stairwell on the 4th floor.
    • There is an additional accessible toilet on the 1st Floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 335cm x 240cm (10ft 12in x 7ft 10in).
    • 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 265cm (8ft 8in).
    • 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 open waste paper bin 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 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 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a good colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 urinals within the toilet, both have grab rails each side and one is at a lower level
    • There is a tracked hoist and a mobile hoist in the room but no changing table. The hoists cover all areas of the room.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the second floor, the fourth floor, the fifth floor and the seventh floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the first floor, the third floor, the sixth floor and the eighth floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the 6th Floor in the stairwell.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 6m from the Disabled Access Lift.
    • 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.