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Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre

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

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Summary

  • Service View
    • On level 3 of the building, accessed by entrance 2NE on Square 2. However, step-free access is only available via 3NE on Square 3, or 4NW on Square 4.
  • Building View
    • Services / Facilities within the building include; the main faith room, Chaplaincy offices, Muslim Prayer Rooms, washing facilities and a quiet space.
    • Religious representatives include; Unitarian, Hinduism, Sikhism, Anglican, Baptist Union, Buddhist, Catholic, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Congregational, Orthodox, Islamic Society, Jewish Community, Methodist, Quakers, Unitarian and United Reform.
      The centre is open 24 hrs a day all year.
      University students and staff can ask for access to the Chaplaincy at any time via the security office on providing their student or staff ID as security.
      Staff operating times vary.
  • Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities View
    • Female standard toilet facilities are located in the female washroom.

Getting Here (Central Campus)

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access (2NE Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the north east corner of Square 2, next to the Essex Abroad Office.
    • This entrance gives access to level 4 of the buildings.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with '2NE'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Other Floors (2NE)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter the 2NE entrance, past the lift.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the 2NE entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • There are an additional 4 steps leading down from the level 3 corridor accessed by the 2NE lift and the corridor containing the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre (shown in photographs 3 and 4).

Lift (2NE)

  • The lift is located directly to the left as you enter the 2NE entrance.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the 2NE entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 750 kg.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is high.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is high.
  • The clear door width is 86cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 165cm x 90cm.
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 steps from here to access the corridor containing the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre.

Outside Access (3NE Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the north east corner of Square 3, next to the steps up to Square 4.
    • This entrance gives access to level 4 of the buildings.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with '3NE'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 106cm.

Other Floors (3NE)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located on level 4, to the right then left from the 3NE entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 14m from the 3NE entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are moderate to good.

Lift (3NE)

  • The lift is located on level 4, just past the stairs from the 3NE entrance.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the 3NE entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000 kg.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is high.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is high.
  • The clear door width is 90cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 211cm x 95cm.
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are moderate to good.

Outside Access (4NW Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the north west corner of Square 4, next to The Store.
    • This entrance gives access to level 5 of the buildings.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with '4NW'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 92cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located just inside the first set of doors.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • The 3NE lift is located between the 2 sets of doors at this entrance.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Level 3 Corridor)

  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located in the level 3 corridor to the right then left as you exit the 3NE lift.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre from the lift.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 148cm (4ft 10in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.
    • There is another similar ramp further along the corridor leading to the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre (shown in photograph 3).

Entrance (Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 3.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'The Faith Centre'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 142cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Inside Access

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring is carpet and vinyl.
    • There is high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
    • The Quiet Space (photograph 3), accessed by a heavy door 78cm wide which opens inwards (photograph 4), is used for private prayer and reflection, and could also be used as a safe space.
  • Audio View
    • This area does not play background music/sound.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 5 show Space 1, the main space in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre.
    • Photograph 6 shows Space 2, which is the Muslim Prayer Rooms.

Wash Room

  • There are male and female washrooms available outside the prayer room, to the right as you enter the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre.
  • They are located 6m from the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre entrance.
  • There is level access to the washrooms.

Entrance (Muslim Prayer Room Ladies Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 3, to the right of the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre main entrance.
    • This entrance gives access to the female side of the Muslim Prayer Room.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Ladies Entrance'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • The male part of the prayer room is accessed from within the Multi-Faith Centre.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the Computing Services building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located within the female washroom.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 7m from the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is high.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.