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Gulbenkian Centre

University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Music and Drama offices, a Box Office, and the Donald Roy Theatre.

Opening Times

  • Opening times do vary depending on performances.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University Campus is located to the North of the city centre. There are three entrances to the campus, two off Cottingham Road to the South of the campus, and one off Inglemire Lane to the North. Both of these roads are accessed off Beverley Road (A1079) which leads North from the city centre.
    • Permit parking is available throughout the campus, and there is a pay and display car park located next to the Wilberforce Car Park, on the Eastern side of the campus.
  • By Bus View
    • Bus routes 103 and 105 stop on Cottingham Road, to the South of the campus. U5, 9A and Simplibus 9 stop on Inglemire Lane to the North. 9A, 115, Simplibus 5 and Simplibus 9 stop on Cranbrook Avenue to the East.
  • By Train View
    • Hull Paragon Station is located in the city centre, just over 2 miles from the campus. Bus routes 103 and 105 can be used to reach the campus for Hull Paragon Interchange.
  • Useful Links View

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Wilberforce Car Park.
    • The car park is located between Wilberforce and Chemical Engineering, off the campus road leading in from the North Entrance.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Useful Information

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp is 137cm (4ft 6in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Counter (Box Office)

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Box Office is located on the ground floor, ahead as you enter the building.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the Donald Roy Theatre.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is a steep ramp, with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the Donald Roy Theatre.
    • The width of the ramp is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp is located on the left hand side of the theatre (shown in photographs 3 and 4). The steps are located on the right hand side of the theatre (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable loop is available from the Box Office.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Theatre (Donald Roy Theatre)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located in in front of the raked seating.
  • Wheelchairs are left with you.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit behind you in the first row.
  • It is 13m (14yd 8in) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • The seating layout can be adjusted depending on performances taking place.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located to the front left of the building as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are similar stairs at the front right of the building with handrail on left (shown in photographs 4 to 7).
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are staff offices, the studio area, the green room, dressing rooms and wardrobe store.
  • Comments View
    • The 3 bottom steps lead to rear of ground floor area on both sides of the building.
    • The only areas of the building which can be accessed without using the stairs are the entrance foyer, Box Office, and theatre.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the ground floor, to the front left of the lobby area.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor in the lobby area, on the first floor west landing and on the first floor east landing..

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, to the front left of the lobby area.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 137cm x 164cm (4ft 6in x 5ft 5in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 109cm from floor level.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 113cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
    • 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is fair.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located on the ground floor, to the front right of the lobby area.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • These toilets are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The male toilet is located on the ground floor, to the front left of the lobby area.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • The toilets are shown in photographs 3 and 4.