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COVID-19 Information (University of Essex)

Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Forum is a shared facility with the university, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and South Essex College.
    • Some areas, such as the library, gallery and cafe are public spaces.
    • University of Essex spaces, such as the lecture theatres and teaching rooms are accessed by electronic key card.
    • There is 24/7 student access to The Learning Hub by key card.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 17:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Southend-on-Sea.
  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Southend Central.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is South Essex College Car Park.
    • The car park is located off Elmer Approach.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are other public car parks nearby and some on-street pay and display parking in nearby streets.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the pedestrian area off Elmer Approach.
  • 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 183cm (6ft).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 183cm (6ft).
  • Comments View
    • The main doors open by sliding.
    • Security barriers after the second set of doors are 100cm wide.
    • There is an additional accessible entrance to the left of the main sliding doors.
    • This door is 105cm wide and opens automatically towards you.
    • It is operated by staff/student key card.

Level Change (Main 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.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Cafe Direct Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the front left of the building.
  • There is not 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a push pad available at this entrance.
    • This is for entering the building.
    • The push pad is 76cm in height.
    • The doors are automatically operated by the sensor when exiting the building.
    • The cafe can also be entered directly from the library foyer (picture 3).
    • There are no doors at this entrance.

Level Change (Cafe Direct 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.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception (Library)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main 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 a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • The fixed loop system is clearly signed.
    • There are self-service borrowing and return terminals near to the main entrance.

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 bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Throughout the building, doors are generally held open or automatically operated by push pad.
    • Within the ground floor foyer area there is a shop selling stationery and gift items.
    • There is also a gallery space.
    • There are fixed hearing loops in the lecture theatre and teaching rooms.
    • There are wheelchairs available for use.
    • These are stored near the reception area and are shown in photograph 10.

Other Floors (Central Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not 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.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are located in the central atrium, to the right of the library reception.
    • In low lighting, there are LED lights that can be switched on to illuminate the steps.

Lift (Main Lifts)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 190cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 3in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Lecture Theatre and Evacuation)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far rear left of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1-G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is 80m (87yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 118cm x 220cm (3ft 10in x 7ft 3in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is in a secure area.
    • A university staff/ student key card is required for access.

Library (Public Library)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes hand held magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • The library collections are spread over the ground and first floor of the building.
    • There is a children's library on the ground floor, to the right of the foyer.

Lecture Theatre TF.0.11

  • This tiered lecture theatre is part of the University but is also available to hire by outside groups.
  • There is level access to the upper level from the ground floor.
  • There is level access to the the front of the lower level from level -1 by lift.
  • There is space for wheelchair users in the front row where there are moveable desks, and in the rear row.
  • The steps to the tiered seating are deep and clearly marked, without handrails.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Lecture Rooms - Ground Floor TF.0.35/0.34

  • There are two identical lecture rooms on the ground floor, to the right of reception.
  • The rooms have a level floor.
  • No chairs are fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.

Lecture Rooms Level 2 TF.2.13/14/15

  • The furniture can be arranged as required in all rooms.
  • Room 13 has desks.
  • Rooms 14 and 15 have chairs with attached writing surfaces.

Reception (Student Services Hub)

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift on level 2.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • 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
    • There are quiet rooms opposite the reception desk, which can be used for speaking to customers with hearing difficulties.

Counter (Income Office Level 2)

  • The counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The height of the counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Lighting levels can be bright in the afternoon.
    • To mitigate this, a blind has been installed.
    • This is shown in photograph 2.

Counter (Info Point - Level 2)

  • The counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • The height of the counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a lowered section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • This counter is located within the Learning Hub, to the right on leaving the lift on level 2.
    • There are quiet rooms behind the desk, which can be used for speaking to customers with hearing difficulties.

Learning Hub

  • The learning hub is a study area for group and individual working.
  • There are a variety of meeting areas, with computers, large screens and interactive whiteboards.
  • Seating is flexible.
  • Some chairs have armrests.

Eating and Drinking (The Forum Café - Nosh & El Mexicana)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • 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.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the cafe direct entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 wall only.
  • 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 drinks, sandwiches, pastries, Mexican food.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Saturday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Sunday 08:00 - 17:00.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located on the ground floor, at the far right of the building from reception.
    • The facility is approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance, 33m from reception.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 300cm x 400cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is adjustable.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Accessible Shower View
    • Accessible shower facilities are available.
    • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head.
  • Comments View
    • The changing bench is usually folded up against the wall and is pulled flat manually.
    • The height is adjusted electronically.
    • There are operating instructions on the wall.
    • There is an adjustable height shower handset which can be used at the changing bench.
    • A wheeled shower/ toilet chair is also available.
    • Users must provide their own sling for the hoist.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • 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 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right after reception.
    • 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 175cm x 210cm (5ft 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 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • 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).
  • 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 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 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 good.
    • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are at least 2 similar accessible toilets on each floor G-1-2-3.
    • They are located at each end of the building.
    • There are toilets with left and right hand transfer on each of these floors.
    • There is a toilet roll on the drop down rail.
    • There is also one accessible toilet on level -1.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located to the right of the seating area, to the right after reception.
    • The female toilets are 33m (36yd 3in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located on the ground floor to the right of the building.
    • The male toilets are 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the baby care room on the ground floor near to the changing place.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional male toilets on the ground floor, next to the changing place.
    • There are further male and female standard toilets in several locations on each floor of the building.
    • There are ambulant cubicles with wall mounted grab rails within the standard toilet areas.
    • There is a toilet with the baby care room.
    • There are further baby change benches within large cubicles in the standard ground floor toilets.

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.