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School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and the Network Centre

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include computer science workshop and robot area, research labs and a multimedia room.
  • Comments View
    • The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering consists of 2 separate buildings - the Main Building and the Network Centre.

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 venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • 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

  • There are several car parks on this campus.
  • For further information, please see theUniversity website parking page.
  • There are 2 designated parking bays located outside the Level 1 entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the north west corner of Square 2.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 185cm (6ft 1in).

Outside Access (Network Centre Square 1 Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Square 1, at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in).
  • 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 3 of the Network Centre.

Level Change (Network Centre Level 1 Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Network Centre Square 2 Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the far end of the bridge leading from Square 2.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 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 4 of the Network Centre.

Level Change (Network Centre Square 2 Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the bridge leading from Square 2.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • This bridge is located next to the school main building on Square 2.

Reception (CSEE School Office)

  • The desk/counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main building entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • 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 CSEE School Office is located to the left of the main building entrance as you enter.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

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 low.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The hearing loop is fitted in Seminar Room 1N1.4.1 in the Network Centre.

Level Change (Main Building Level 3A)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the far end of the corridor.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Comments View
    • There also easy ramps down to Networks Laboratory 4 and 6 on level 4B.
    • There is an easy ramp up to Project Lab 5.511 on level 5.

Other Floors (Main Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-3A-4B-4-5B-5-5A.
    • There are 15 steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Comments View
    • Between floors 3 and 3A there are three deep steps with a handrail on the left.
    • Between floors 4 and 4B there are four deep steps with handrails on both sides.

Lift (Main Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3A-3-4-4B-5A-5-5B.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 169cm x 207cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 not 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.
  • Comments View
    • Between 3 and 3A there are three deep steps with a handrail on the left as you go up.

Other Floors (Network Centre)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all 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 (Network Centre)

  • 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 1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Network Centre Square 2 Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 139cm (4ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 169cm x 163cm (5ft 7in x 5ft 4in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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.

Accessible Toilet (Main Building - 4B)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 4B, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 198cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 6in).
    • 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 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Network Centre)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the Network Centre Square 2 entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 4, along the corridor just past the lift.
    • 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 198cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 6in).
    • 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 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 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 cannot 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical accessible toilets available in the same location on levels 2, 3 and 5.

Standard Toilet(s) (Main Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 4b, next to the accessible toilet.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located next to the adapted toilet on level 3A.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • 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 male only toilets available on levels 2, 4B and 5A, and a female only toilet available on level 5B.

Accessible Toilet (Main Building - 3A)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 3A close to the lift.
    • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 205cm x 210cm (6ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 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 the right.
    • 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 49cm (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 fair.
    • 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 good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Network Centre)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 4, next to the accessible toilet.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Network Centre Square 2 entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are male toilets available in the same location on levels 2, 3 and 5.
    • There are female standard toilets 15m from the lift on level 3.

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.
  • Comments View
    • Staff may receive disability awareness training.
    • The photographs show the computer science robot arena.
    • Research taking place in this area includes wheelchair control by gesture, muscle and mind.