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Ingram Building

University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 TNH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Division of Natural Sciences, the School of Physical Sciences/ Biosciences, the Centre for Molecular Processing, Ingram Lecture Theatre (ILT), seminar/teaching rooms, Examinations and Timetable Office and Science Supplies.
  • There is a link corridor on the second floor between this building and the Biosciences Laboratory.
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Getting Here (Getting to the Ingram Building)

  • By Road View
    • The building is to the north side of the Canterbury Campus, which is approximately 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre.
      The building is located off Park Wood Road.
      The closest car park is Sports Centre Road Car Park which connects with Park Wood Road which can be reached off the A290 (Whitstable Road) and via Giles Lane.
    • There is parking at the side of the building.
      A University Pink or Blue Parking Permit, Accessible Parking Permit or Blue Badge is required to park in any bay in the car park.
      Please see the University parking webpage for details: https://www.kent.ac.uk/estates/services/transport/index.html.
  • 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 Park Wood road just outside to the right of the building when facing the main entrance.
  • 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.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking (Park Wood Road - Bay 1 & 2)

  • 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.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Sports Centre Road Car Park.
    • The car park is located to the right of Ingram Building when facing the main 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 available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Park Wood Road - Bay 1 and 2.
    • The parking area outside the front entrance on Park Wood Road is a restricted parking area. To park here you must pre-book. If you haven't pre-booked Blue Badge holders cannot use the layby/ parking. There are no dropped kerbs from the bays and so assistance may be needed for those with mobility issues.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Sports Centre Road Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located on Sports Centre Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Pears, Jennison and Ingram Buildings.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • 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 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 229cm x 507cm (7ft 6in x 16ft 8in).
    • 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 sloped access to the car park from the Ingram Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Ingram Building but it is visible.
    • The nearest designated bay is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the Ingram's main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Restrictions on parking are from 8am Monday to 5pm Friday. Blue Badge holders must also have a valid virtual University permit.
    • There are 4 Blue Badge bays shown in photographs 4-7. Two bays have a marked area on both sides and rear, one has them on both sides and one has a marked area only on one side. The marked areas are all over 120cm.
    • There are dropped kerbs are by the 3 of the 4 Blue Badge Bays onto the pavement. There is tactile paving by the dropped kerbs and by the pedestrian crossing at the top of the car park. This is shown in photographs 8-10.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located leading off Park Wood Road.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 163cm (5ft 4in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 161cm (5ft 3in).
    • 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 to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • 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.
  • 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 13 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 not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is tactile paving at the top of the steps and ramp but not the bottom.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, opposite the Stacey Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 182cm (5ft 12in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 143cm (4ft 8in).
    • 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 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.
  • 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 not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are two ramps by this entrance. The ramp detailed above which is 150cm wide and a secondary steeper ramp without handrails that is 113cm wide shown in photograph 6.

Opening Times (Student Office Counter)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Reception (School of Physical Sciences – Student Office)

  • Student Office Counter is located by the main entrance.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are good.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is not at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Opening Times (Science Supplies Counter)

  • Monday 09:30 - 12:30.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 12:30.
  • Friday 09:30 - 12:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Counter (Science Supplies)

  • The desk is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The Science Supplies Counter is located on the ground floor past the Student Office Counter.
  • Clear signage for the counter is not 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.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The counter is staffed from 9:30 to 12:30 Monday to Friday.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to room G.38A on the ground floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • This level change is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There are 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 and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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
    • There are various manual doors in the hallways but there are permanently held open (for example photograph 3).
    • There is a link corridor on the second floor between this building and the Stacey Building (Biosciences Laboratories).
    • There is a seating area by the main entrance and vending machines with hot and cold drinks and snacks with controls 112cm high. These are shown in photographs 6 and 7.

Other Floors (Front Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Safe areas, with intercom systems at a convenient height, are available in the stairwells as shown in photograph 5.

Other Floors (Middle Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located in the middle of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 48m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Safe areas, with intercom systems at a convenient height, are available in the stairwells. This is shown in photograph 4.

Other Floors (Rear Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 7m from the rear entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Safe areas, with intercom systems at a convenient height, are available in the stairwells. This is shown in photograph 3.

Lift (Front Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the stairwell by the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 138cm x 147cm (4ft 6in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 not 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.

Lift (Rear Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building by the rear entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 800kg.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 125cm x 135cm (4ft 1in x 4ft 5in).
  • 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 not 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.

Level Change (Ground floor corridor - Steps or Platform Lift)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the ground floor corridor near the middle staircase.
  • There is/are 5 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.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The lift has a weight limit of 500kg but is limited to 1 due to covid-19 regulations (December 2021). There is a very short steep ramp to access to lift from the lower side as shown in photographs 3 and 4.

Level Change (Link corridor to Stacey building - 2nd Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located from floor 2 in the Ingram Building to floor 2 in the Stacey Building.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 144cm (4ft 9in).

Lecture Theatre(s) (ILT Lecture Theatre)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are push pad activated.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The designated spaces for wheelchairs users are located at the front.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 95cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is (staggered) tiered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the (staggered) tiered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 07/12/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 69cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The room does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • Comments View
    • The push-pads for the power assisted doors are 100cm high. They were not working at time of survey (December 2021).
    • The designated seating at the front is showed in photograph 2.

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

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located close to the main entrance and the Student Office Counter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) 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 outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • 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 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin and a waste disposal 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 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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 nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 backrest.
    • 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 92cm (3ft).
    • 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 98cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 92cm (3ft).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor teaching wing close to the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • These are shown in photographs 1-4. Other similar standard male and female toilets are located: to the rear of the ground floor close to the rear entrance; the same location on the 1st floor, male toilets in the same place and by the front staircase on the 2nd floor; male toilets by the front stairs and ladies by the middle stairs on the 3rd floor; male toilets by the middle stairs and male and female toilets by the front stairs on the 4th floor. They have level access via lift.