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Essex Business School

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the auditorium, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, teaching rooms and Bonds Cafe.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Colchester.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Hythe.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Although not as close as Hythe, most visitors choose to arrive at Colchester North station where bus and taxi connections are more readily available.

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 located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 29m (31yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main 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.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • This car park contains 2 bays with the dimensions 370cm x 520cm (12ft 2in x 17ft 1in), and 3 bays with dimensions 310cm x 420cm (10ft 2in x 13ft 9in).
    • The car park contains bays allocated as drop off points for the nursery nearby.
    • These are for a maximum of 20 minutes.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 147cm (4ft 10in).
  • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.
    • It will be used by people arriving from the main part of the campus and the car park.

Level Change (Main Entrance from the Car Park)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to right of the main entrance, leading from the car park.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Level Change (Main Entrance from the rest of the Campus)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the main entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, off Boundary Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 147cm (4ft 10in).
  • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 147cm (4ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 1 of the building.
    • It will be used by people arriving by bus, and also students in The Meadows and University Quays accommodation.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the entrance from Boundary Road.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is also an even steeper path leading straight up to the entrance from the bus stop (shown in photograph 4).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Some areas of the building, particularly just inside the entrances, have a brick block paving surface, which is slightly uneven.
    • Photograph 3 shows lecture theatre EBS.1.1, located by the rear entrance
    • It has level access and a designated space for wheelchair users.
    • Lecture theatre EBS.2.1 (shown in photograph 4) directly above on level 2 is identical.
    • Photograph 5 shows the Trading Floor on level 1.
    • In the main foyer of the building, there are a series of steep ramps, with handrails on varying sides, leading from the rear entrance and level 1 to the main entrance and level 2, which include some group study areas (Photographs 7 - 10).
    • These ramps can be overcome by using the lift to access levels 1-2.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the centre of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-2-3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 128cm x 156cm (4ft 2in x 5ft 1in).
  • 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 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.

Reception (Event Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is not staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a visitor area next to reception, with seats without armrests and a fixed table at a low height (shown in photograph 2).

Reception (Essex Business School Student Services)

  • The desk/counter is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The Students Services Counter is located on level 2, on the far right as you enter the main entrance.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Auditorium 2.2

  • The Auditorium is located on level 2, to the left of the main entrance as you enter.
  • There is level access to the rear of the auditorium from the entrance (photograph 1).
  • Then there is a moderate slope to the left as you enter, with handrails both sides, to access the rest of the auditorium, including the front.
  • This includes some designated spaces for wheelchair users (photograph 4).
  • There are also 4 medium steps with handrails both sides to the right as you enter, followed by a further 3 shallow steps with no handrails, also leading through the auditorium to the front (photographs 7 and 8).
  • The auditorium contains a fixed hearing loop.

Eating and Drinking (Bonds Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 71cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located on level 2, directly to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
    • There is also seating available in the foyer area outside the cafe (shown in photograph 3).
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Level Change (Lecture Theatre EBS.2.34)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • Comments View
    • There is a moderate ramp with a handrail on the left going down leading into the lecture theatre from the level 2 corridor on the right hand side of the building.
    • Then there is a moderate ramp with a handrail on the right hand side going down leading to the front (photograph 2).
    • There is a similar ramp on the far side leading up to the exit (photograph 3).
    • There is one designated space for wheelchair users in this lecture theatre, located next to the exit (photograph 4).
    • There is level access to this from the exit, which leads off the main entrance foyer area.
    • There is similar access to lecture theatre EBS.2.50, further along the corridor, except it has no designated spaces (photographs 5-8).
    • Both lecture theatres have hearing loops fitted.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 2, off the corridor to the rear of the cafe.
    • There is a similar toilet along the side corridor, at the rear of lecture theatre EBS.2.50 (shown in photograph 2). There is also a similar toilet to this on level 1, outside the Postgraduate Study Area, except with a 150x150cm manoeuvring space (photograph 3).
    • There is level access to this 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 145cm x 239cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 10in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is not clear 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 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 is a mirror.
    • 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 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).
  • 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 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Level 3)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located by meeting space EBS.3.31 and the male toilet.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 159cm x 271cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 11in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is not 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 90cm (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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 is a mirror.
    • 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 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).
  • 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 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical toilet located just outside room EBS.3.126, near meeting space EBS.3.65 and the female toilets.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located off the corridor to the rear of the cafe.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • These toilets contain cubicles with doors that open outwards and have grab rails fitted.
    • There are identical toilets off the level 2 corridor, to the rear of lecture theatre EBS.2.50, on level 3 (male toilet is to the right then right again as you exit the lift, female is left and left again) and also on level 1, outside the Postgraduate Study Area.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located on level 1 by the standard toilets.
  • There is not level access to the services from the shower facilities.

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.