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Aphra and Lumley

University of Kent, Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Aphra and Lumley building is linked internally, without doors, to Grimond building and shares some facilities.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The building is in the centre of the Canterbury Campus, which is about 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre.
      The building is in a pedestrianised area in the centre of the campus, north of the Templeman Library.
      The car parks are off Giles Lane and University Road, which connect with the A290 Whitstable Road.
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    • There is parking at the rear of the building which is shared with the Grimond Building. The easiest way to access this building from the car park is via the Grimond Building itself.
      Please see the separate guide for Grimond for more details.
      The Central Visitor Car Park is also within 200m of the building.
  • 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 stops are on Giles Lane or Darwin 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 walk from the station.
  • Useful Links View
  • AccessAble Related Links View

Shared Section (Useful Information)

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted and have markings which are faded.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 240cm x 460cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the car park entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are dropped kerbs.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Central Visitor Car Park.
    • The car park is located from Library Road, off Giles Lane.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are two blue badge bays to the right hand side of the Lumley Building outside the Lumley Theatre Direct Entrance as shown in photographs 5 & 6.
    • The dimensions are 247cm (width) x 290cm (depth).
    • A university accessible parking permit, Blue Badge or university Pink permit is required to park in this car park.
    • For more details of parking, please see the University website parking pages.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Level Change (Route from Central Visitor Car Park/ Library Road to the Lumley Theatre Direct Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the Lumley entrance from Library Road.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • Comments View
    • The access road which leads to the bottom of the ramp is steep.
    • The dropped kerb and pavement in front of the steps is also very steep.

Outside Access (Lumley Theatre Direct Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right hand side of the building, facing the Central Visitor Car Park.
    • 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 (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • The second set of doors opens into the theatre space.
    • The accessible toilet is in this lobby.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the Grimond Building from the Aphra and Lumley foyer.
    • This relates to photographs 1 and 2.
    • 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 flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the foyer area which can be used for exhibitions.
    • Photographs 5 and 6 show the Lumley Theatre which is a drama studio space.

Entrance (Aphra Theatre)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located ahead as you enter the Aphra and Lumley building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in).

Theatre (Aphra Theatre)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located the front of the tiered seating.
  • Wheelchairs are left with you.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit behind you.
  • It is 20m (21yd 2ft) 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.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments View
    • There are medium, marked steps to each side of the tiered seating to access the upper levels and the balcony seating.
    • The steps have a handrail against the wall.

Accessible Toilet (Lumley Theatre)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Lumley Theatre direct entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the lobby between the first and second sets of doors.
    • There is also an accessible toilet in the Grimond Building, just to the right after the link from the Aphra and Lumley foyer. Please see the guide to that building for details.
    • 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 (automatically).
    • The door is locked by a push button or pad.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 159cm x 270cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 10in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin 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 a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not 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 not a hand dryer.
    • 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 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 90cm.
  • 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 good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilets are located in the Grimond Building.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest standard toilets are located in the Grimond Building.