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Studio K, Gateway Building

Southend Campus, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1LW

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COVID-19 Information (University of Essex)

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a drama studio.
  • Comments View
    • Studio K is a drama teaching space.
    • Performances are occasionally open to the public.
    • The space has been converted from the former Students' Union.
    • All access is now via the Gateway Building main entrance.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 08:30 - 22:00.
  • Sunday 09:00 - 18:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Southend-on-Sea.
  • 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 at the corner of the building.
  • 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 104cm (3ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is also an automatic revolving door located directly to the left of the accessible door as you face it.
    • This is shown in photograph 4.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Access to Studio K)

  • This information is for the entrance located from the Gateway Building foyer, to the right of the lifts.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • At the end of the first corridor there is a similar door leading to the ramp.
    • After the ramp there is a further similar door into Studio K.
    • The second door is shown in photograph 2.

Level Change (Access to Studio K)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at the end of the first corridor after the foyer.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 117cm (3ft 10in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The studio is a flexible space.
    • Seating can be set out as required, including leaving spaces for wheelchair users.
    • There is level access in the studio via lift.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • 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

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left, beyond the stairs from the entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 150cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 11in).
  • 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 not 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 low.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the studio entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the venue.
    • There is level access to this 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 Gateway Building reception.
    • 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 light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 219cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 2in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 not 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.
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a curtain which can be pulled across the room immediately inside the toilet door.
    • This would allow a carer to leave the room whilst protecting the privacy of the toilet user.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.