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Kelvin Building

University of Glasgow, 1 Science Way, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Physics and Astronomy teaching rooms, lecture theatres, laboratories and a common room.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Partick.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Hillhead.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 260cm x 600cm (8ft 6in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the accessible entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 53m (57yd 2ft) from the accessible 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • There is 1 designated space at the Kelvin Building and 3 others in front of adjacent buildings available.
    • There are designated bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus. Please see the University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front left of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to floor 2 of the building.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading up to the left of the entrance.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the goods tunnel.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to floor 1 of the building.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading on through the goods tunnel.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Lecture Theatre 257 Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the centre of the building, through the goods tunnel.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 132cm (4ft 4in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads to the staircase to lecture theatre 257, which can be accessed internally to overcome the steps.
    • The lecture theatre was undergoing refurbishment at the time of research.

Level Change (Lecture Theatre 257 Entrance)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading up to the entrance and at the threshold.
  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4-5-6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.
  • Other View
    • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are level 6, the common room.
  • Comments View
    • There are further sets of stairs throughout the building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3-4-5.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 148cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • Lift controls are 130-145cm high.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 heavy sliding doors into the lift.
    • There is a similar larger lift at the other side of the building near the rear stairs.

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • This is by lift.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk is located on floor 2, just inside the main entrance.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • 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 medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There are height adjustable tables available in some laboratories.

Theatre (Lecture Theatre 222)

  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is infrared.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • A deposit is not required for the sound enhancement system.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • There are 1-11 clearly marked medium height steps leading to seating rows.
    • There are no handrails available.

Theatre (Lecture Theatre 312)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located in the front row.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside you.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is infrared.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • A deposit is not required for the sound enhancement system.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

Level Change (Letcture Theatre 312 (Rear Seating))

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading up to rear seating.
  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are adjustable.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located within the standard toilets on the ground floor.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • There are separate cublicles within the male and female toilets.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 162cm x 196cm (5ft 4in x 6ft 5in).
    • 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 not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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 is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 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 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 fair.
    • 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 good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The female accessible toilet cubicle offers transfer space to the right.
    • There are baby changing facilies within the female toilets here.
    • The baby changing table is 92cm high once extended.

Accessible Toilet (Floor 2)

  • There are accessible toilets 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 78m (85yd 11in) from the lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located round to the left of the building on floor 2.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 165cm x 170cm (5ft 5in x 5ft 7in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is not a dropdown rail.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are not mirrors.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 123cm (4ft) high.
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink cannot 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 good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further accessible toilet offering transfer space to the left and a drop down rail.
    • The further accessible toilet is beyond the male and female standard toilets, 110m from the lift.

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 round to the left of the building on floor 2.
    • The female toilets are 102m (111yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located to the left of the building.
    • The male toilets are 85m (92yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the ground floor female toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 92cm (3ft).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There are further standard toilets on the ground floor near the lift, and throughout the building.
    • The male and female toilets opposite the lift on level 3 are both accessible toilets.

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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.