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Students' Union Bar

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

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COVID-19 Information (University of Essex)

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 02:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 23:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00.
  • Comments View
    • Food is available until 21.00.
    • The bar is open 11:00 - 23:00 every day during the summer.

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

Outside Access (Bar Entrance Off Square 3)

  • This information is for the entrance located right in the south east corner of Square 3.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 198cm (6ft 6in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Bar Entrance off Square 3)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located just inside the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (SU Mini Mall Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the south east corner of Square 3.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The width of the door opening is 94cm (3ft 1in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance can be made double width by opening the door on the right manually.
    • The mini mall contains Student Lets and a hair salon.
    • There is a further entrance into the SU bar from the Mini Mall.

Level Change (SU Mini Mall Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located inside the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Bar Entrance from the Mini Mall)

  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the bar.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the SU Bar External Entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • 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 hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot meals and bar snacks.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is no and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the SU Mini Mall Entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the corridor opposite the internal entrance to the bar.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the Information Centre and the Visitors Reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 156cm x 224cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 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 mixer tap.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 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 104cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The cubicle also contains a baby change table 89cm (35in) high.

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 ground floor.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located off the corridor leading from the SU Mini Mall Entrance.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the SU Mini Mall Entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located adjacent to the male toilets on the ground floor.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Mini Mall Entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are gender neutral standard toilets available adjacent to the male and female standard toilets (photographs 3 and 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 not Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.