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Park Wood - Student Hub (Kent Union)

University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7SG

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • There are plans to convert the main roof level (second floor - but described as level 3 on foyer signage) to an entertainment terrace.
    • At the time of our visit (January 2019) no date had been set for the commencement of the work.
    • The lift has been designed to continue up to this level when the work is complete.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The building is in the Park Wood accommodation area, north west of the central campus.
      This is about 1.5 miles north of Canterbury City Centre.
      Road access is using the un named road off Park Wood Road.
      Because of the one-way system, the turning opposite the sports centre is the most convenient route.
      The building can also be reached using the footpath and cycle route from the central campus.
    • The nearest car park is the Park Wood Courts car park, in front of the Park Wood Administration building.
      This is the turning just to the right before the Hub on the one way system.
      Blue Badge holders and University Pink/ Blue permit holders may use this car park.
  • By Bus View
    • There are frequent Unibus services linking the University campus with the centre of Canterbury and Canterbury East and West train stations.
      The nearest bus stop is on the Park Wood access road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Canterbury West, to the north of the city centre.
      This is on the line from London to Kent, including Ashford International.
      There is step-free access into the station building.
      There is step-free access to both platforms by lift.
      Staff are available to assist with portable ramps between the platform and the train.
      There are buses linking the city centre with the University campus, with stops about 5 minutes away from the station.
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  • AccessAble Related Links View

Useful Information

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 and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Park Wood Courts car park.
    • The car park is located off the access road, to the right as you approach the Hub on the one way system.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Park Wood Courts Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off the Park Wood accommodation access road, to the right as you approach the Hub and administration building on the one way system.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Park Wood Student Hub, Park Wood Administration, launderette, Lypeatt Court accommodation.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 450cm x 480cm (14ft 9in x 15ft 9in).
  • Charges and Restrictions View
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the car park to the Park Wood Hub.
    • The nearest designated bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Park Wood Hub entrance.
  • Comments View
    • The Blue Badge bay is to the right of the Park Wood administration building and the shop unit.
    • A university pink or blue permit is required to park in the standard bays.

Level Change (Approach from Car Park or Access Road)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located from the car park and forecourt of the Park Wood Administration building to the right as you face the Hub.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located from the access road up to the forecourt of the Hub.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Outside Access (Co-op Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located from the paved area to the side of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 identical entrances in this location, which both open into the entrance foyer.
    • These entrances are open 08.00 - 00.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 - 00.00 at weekends.
    • Outside of these times, the card access entrance can be used to access the building 24 hours a day.

Outside Access (Woody's Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located facing the Woody's dining terrace.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).

Opening Times (Co-op, Woody's, Social Space)

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

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all corridors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 - 3 show the entrance foyer and the bookable meeting room which opens off the foyer to the left of the shop.
    • Photographs 4 and 5 show the first floor circulation area.
    • Please note that although the lift describes the floor levels as 0, 1 and 2 the building signage describes the ground floor as level 1 and the first floor as level 2 etc.

Co-op

  • The Co-op Shop is located to the left of the entrance foyer.
  • There are no doors at the shop entrance.
  • The counter has a lowered section of 80cm with knee-space under it.
  • There are three self-service points where the scanner and keypad are within 120cm of the floor.

Other Floors (Foyer Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are ground and first floors.
    • The stairs are located in the foyer, to the right of the lift.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the entrances.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar staircase to rear of the building from within Woody's on the ground floor, to the first floor (building level 2) and up to the roof terrace (not currently in use.) This staircase has a handrail to the right only (photograph 4).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the foyer, to the left of the stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are ground and first floors and the roof terrace (0,1 and 2 in the lift).
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 640kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the entrances.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The separate entry and exit doors operate between the ground and first floors.
    • At the time of our visit (January 2019) the lift was set to access ground and first floors only but can be unlocked to access the second floor roof terrace when it is complete.

Social Space

  • The social space is on the first floor, to the right of the corridor as you exit the lift.
  • Students can bring refreshments from Woody's up to this area or provide their own.
  • There are sofas, armchairs and tables with bench seats in this space.
  • The space is also available for bookings.
  • There is direct access from this space by sliding folding doors to an outside terrace.
  • There is a lip at the door threshold and strip of gravel between the building and the terrace paving.

Dance Studios

  • The two dance studios, Featherstone and Copeland, are to the left of the first floor corridor.
  • There is a folding screen to permit the studios to be opened up to one larger space.
  • The studios are bookable 08.00 - 23.00.,.

IT Hub

  • The IT Hub is at the end of the first floor corridor.
  • Five of the workstations have height adjustable desks.
  • All the chairs are height adjustable.
  • There are no chairs with armrests.
  • The room also contains a print/copy machine.
  • The room is open 24/7 by access card.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the first floor accessible toilet.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you exit the lift on the first floor, past the social space and IT Hub.
    • There is a smaller accessible toilet within Woody's.
    • 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 236cm x 229cm (7ft 9in x 7ft 6in).
    • 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 166cm (5ft 5in).
    • 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 88cm.
  • 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 good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are shared toilet facilities on level 2.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor, to the right after the social space and IT Hub.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 15m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 toilet cubicles.
    • The right hand one is the ambulant cubicle with the outward opening door.
    • There are also male and female toilets within Woody's.