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Lecture Theatre Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include 10 lecture theatres/teaching rooms, the Teaching Services Unit and the Audio Visual Services office.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Colchester.
  • The nearest mainline 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

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the footpath from the Information Centre to the Gym.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There are also double, heavy doors, 168cm wide, available at this entrance.
    • This entrance gives access to level 4 of the building.

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 medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • All lecture theatres and teaching rooms, except Room B in the Teaching Services Unit, have hearing loops fitted.
    • In some of the lecture theatres, the loop does not cover the front rows. Where this is the case, there are signs showing the areas not covered next to the lecture theatre entrance.
    • The photographs show the designated wheelchair spaces located at the front of Lecture Theatres 3 and 10.

Level Change (Room 4)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located just inside the entrance to Room 4.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • Room 4 is located on level 4, directly to the right of the Central Campus entrance as you enter.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the main stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 2-3-4-5-6.
  • The lift is 10m (32ft 10in) from 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 83cm x 145cm (2ft 9in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2-3-4-5-6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Reception (Audio Visual Services)

  • The desk/counter is 22m (24yd 2in) 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 staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • The Audio Services reception is located in the far left corner of level 4 from the Central Campus entrance.
    • It is accessed by double, heavy doors, 156 cm wide, which open away from you.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Friday 08:45 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 21m (23yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located on level 6, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 194cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 4in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is 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 not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 103cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on Level 3, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the Central Campus entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also standard male and female toilets located in the Teaching Services Unit on level 4.

Additional Info

  • 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 Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • Staff may receive disability awareness training.
    • The photograph shows the front of Lecture Theatre 7, which has level access and has seating which can be moved to create spaces for wheelchair users.