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Peter Chalk Conference Centre

Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QD

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Henry Wellcome Building is accessible via the ground floor of the Peter Chalk Building.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Streatham Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St David's.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the back of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 3.5m x 5m (11ft 5in x 16ft 4in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 70m (76yd) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 72m (79yd) from the main entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Assistance may be required because there is/are uneven surfaces.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • There is a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open both ways.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open both ways.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.

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 moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (Peter Chalk Hub)

  • The Peter Chalk Hub is located opposite the main entrance.
  • The desk is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception area is incorporated within the Peter Chalk Hub, an area for informal study. There is also a kitchen area with vending machines and facilities for making drinks (photograph 10).

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance - Newman Lecture Theatre)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the main entrance, adjacent to the water feature.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • The doors are opened for access before a lecture commences.
    • The door must be opened from inside the building.

Level Change (Entrance to Newman Lecture Theatre)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There are two major spaces within the building which are flexible allowing meeting or seminar facilities for small groups, up to conference facilities for larger groups.
    • All these facilities are level and accessible.
    • New signage is clear and informative allowing independent access by people who are unfamiliar with the premises.

Level Change (Henry Wellcome Building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the rear of the ground floor.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp links the ground floor of the Peter Chalk Building with the first floor of the Henry Wellcome Building.

Theatre (Newman Lecture Theatre F)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located the front and the back of the auditorium.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit alongside or behind a wheelchair user.
  • It is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • A deposit is not required for the sound enhancement system.
  • The rows suitable for hearing loops are all rows.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

Eating and Drinking (Grumpy Mule Cafe)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 47cm (1ft 7in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 110cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are not 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 snacks and drinks.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are old lecture theatres.
  • Comments View
    • The old lecture theatres are accessible via the Physics Block.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the main corridor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 215cm (6ft 3in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 42cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • 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.