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Becket Court

University of Kent, Eliot College, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include student accommodation and two seminar rooms.
    There are 103 standard and large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and shared laundry room/ kitchenettes.
    Students have a daily Bed and Bistro meal package.
    Becket Court is located to the west side of the Eliot College main building.
    The Reception and Housekeeping for Becket Court are located in Eliot College.
  • Eliot College link (new tab) - click here.

Getting Here (Getting to Becket Court)

  • By Road View
    • The building is in the south east section of the Canterbury Campus, which is approximately 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre.
      The building can be reached from via the access road off University Road. University Road connects with the A290 Whitstable Road.
    • The nearest car park for Blue Badge holders and university Pink Zone permit holders is Eliot Car Park to the east of the building. This is reached from the turning off University Road.
  • 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 University 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 approximately 5 minutes away from the station.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking (Becket Court)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders, Blue Badge holders, staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located at the front of Becket Court.
    • 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) markings are faded.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 240cm x 426cm (7ft 10in x 13ft 12in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Becket Court's main 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The parking restrictions for these bays are applicable from 8am Monday to 5pm Friday.
      Pink permit holders or Blue Badge holders with a valid virtual University Accessibility Permit may park here anytime.
      The Blue Badge bays have a marked area to one side which is 115-120cm wide.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Eliot Car Park.
    • The car park is located opposite Becket Court and to the west of Eliot College.
    • The access from this car park is either sloped or stepped.
  • 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 (Eliot Campus Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in central campus to the east/right of Becket Court.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Eliot College, Becket Court and The Venue.
    • 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 signposted and have markings which are faded.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 227cm x 504cm (7ft 5in x 16ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders, permit holders, staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Becket Court Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Becket Court Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 62m (67yd 2ft) from the the Becket Court entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are no dropped kerbs within the carpark.
    • Photographs 7-10 show the stepped or sloped access out of the car park. Photograph 7 is the path towards Becket Court from the closest Blue Badge bay.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located centrally to the façade of the building, by the Blue Badge bays.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is not 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 3 shows the lip at the entrance door and photograph 4 shows the slope down towards the door. The slope changes to a slight incline by the door itself.

Outside Access (Seminar Rooms Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left-hand side of the building.
    • There is 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 6 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 clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance isn't primarily for the accomodation however it can be used to access it. It gives direct access to the 2 seminar rooms opposite the entrance and the ground floor of the accomodation.
    • These doors are only open from 8am to 8pm, after which the main entrance must be used. A swipe card is not required at this entrance.
    • This entrance can be bypassed using the main entrance, which opens onto the same corridor.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to most rooms apart from a section on each floor to the rear which has stepped access. Other floors can be reached by lift.
    • There is a shared laundry room on the ground floor close to the main entrance which is shown in photographs 5-7. There are sinks, 2 washers and 2 dryers with controls 104cm high.
    • There are 2 seminar rooms (E.BC16 and E.BC17) with one shown in photograph 8.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located by both entrances and each end of the accomodation block corridors.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The staircases by both entrances have no doors to enter the stairwell, whilst those at the end of the accomodation corridors have single, manual, heavy doors. Although the staircase by the main entrance has the handrail on the right, other flights have them on both sides. The stairs between 1 and 2 are located in the front left hand corner of the building. They only have a handrail on the left hand side going up and no landing.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the stairs by the main entrance and photograph 2 shows the stairs by the seminar rooms entrance.

Level Change (Stair access to rooms BC 5-13, BC 106-115 and BC 206-216)

  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on all 3 floors at one end of the accomodation corridor leading to some rooms and kitchenettes.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • The step(s) is/are 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the ground floor close to the seminar rooms entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the seminar rooms 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 97cm x 132cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 4in).
  • There are not 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not 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 good.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 0 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • None of these rooms are accessed by platform lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors can be accessed by lift.
    • There is level access to standard rooms on other floors.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The rooms have desks 73cm high and height adjustable chairs. An example of a room is shown in photographs 1-3.
    • The rooms are all ensuite with stepped showers 18cm high which is shown in photographs 4 and 5.
    • The rooms share kitchenettes which are located off the corridors, with 4 on each floor. They have a counter 93cm high, but limited cooking equipment (fridge, kettle and microwave).
    • Becket Court is catered for accomodation with a £10 daily food voucher. This can be used at Dolche Vita Monday to Friday and for brunch/dinner at Rutherford Dining Hall on weekends and bank holidays.
    • The closest laundrette, apart from the small one on the ground floor of Becket Court, is in Eliot College.
    • Certain accomodation blocks may be suggested for more space if a resident has an assistance dog. Similarly, if a student/resident has a lot of specialist equipment, an ensuite or studio would be suggested (normally the university will pay the difference in cost).
    • Any additional aids for sensory or mobility impairments (vibrating pillows, light alerts, mobile hoists) are the student’s home local authority’s responsibility. However, they can be provided on request in the interim if any issues arise.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor by the seminar rooms entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 215cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a 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 good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not 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) to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 105cm and 140cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is not a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 90cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • The handrail to left of wash basin is further to the side due to shape of the room/ wall as shown in photograph 4.
    • The accessible and standard toilets are off a lobby, with a heavy door, opening inwards, 76cm wide.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located close to the seminar rooms entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the seminar rooms 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 88cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.