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Top Bar - Fusion

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

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Introduction

  • Top Bar and Fusion are located in Square 4 on level 6 of Building 2001, above Barclays.
  • Top Bar and Fusion are two different venues but there is open access between the two and they are located directly next to each other.

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 (Square 4 Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Square 4.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • 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 168cm (5ft 6in).

Other Floors (Square 4 Entrance)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 5-6.
    • 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 a landing.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance opens into Level 5 of the building.
    • The second set of doors can be made double width by pulling the right hand door manually (photograph 4).

Lift

  • 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 3-4-5-6-7-8.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 138cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 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.

Outside Access (Entrance from level 6 of Building 2001)

  • This information is for the entrance located ahead of you as you exit the lift on level 6 of the Building 2001.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
  • The door(s) is / are light.
  • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This gives access to the bar and restaurant corridor, which contains Top Bar, Fusion and Blues Cafe.

Outside Access (Top Bar/Fusion Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the bar and restaurant corridor on level 6.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • 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 158cm (5ft 2in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible entrance is accessed by using the main entrance for Building 2001 and taking the lift to level 6.

Inside Access

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

Eating and Drinking (Fusion)

  • The following information is for the restaurant.
  • Full table service is 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.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Top Bar/Fusion entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 65cm.
  • 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 only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are not presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is South East Asian and Tex Mex Fusion.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 11:30 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 11:30 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 11:30 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 11:30 - 21:30.
    • Friday 11:30 - 21:30.
    • Saturday 17:00 - 21:30.
    • Sunday 17:00 - 21:30.

Eating and Drinking (Top Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does not 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 a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Top Bar/Fusion entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 66cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 12:00 - 00:00.
    • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00.
    • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00.
    • Thursday 12:00 - 00:00.
    • Friday 12:00 - 00:00.
    • Saturday 17:00 - 00:00.
    • Sunday 17:00 - 00:00.

Accessible Toilet

  • 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 Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the level 6 entrance from building 2001.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the bar restaurant corridor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 Top Bar or the Information Centre and Visitors Reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 144cm x 205cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 9in).
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 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 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 fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.