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Olive Cottages

University of Kent, Department of Psychology, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include The cottages have post-graduate offices for the Department of Psychology. Post-graduates are issued with a key for the building. Despite the two entrances, the building is not divided and any office can be reached from either entrance. However, the intercoms at Olive Cottages 1 can call only 4 offices, whilst the one at Olive Cottages 2 can call 8.

Getting Here (Getting to Olive Cottages)

  • By Road View
    • The building is in the centre of the Canterbury Campus, which is approximately 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre. The building is in located on Giles Lane, close to the University Medical Centre. The car parks are off Giles Lane (Rothford Car Park), which connects with the A290 Whitstable Road.
    • There is parking in Rothford Car Park. 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 Giles Lane.
  • 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

  • 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 Rothford Car Park.
    • The car park is located off Giles Lane, by Keynes accomodation blocks and to rear of Olive Cottages.
  • 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 (Rothford Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Giles Lane.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Keynes T block and Olive Cottages.
    • 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 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 230cm x 472cm (7ft 7in x 15ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not 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 Olive Cottages.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Olive Cottages.
    • The nearest designated bay is 115m (125yd 2ft) from the Olive Cottages.
  • Comments View
    • The Blue Badge bays have a marked area over 120cm wide to the side and rear.

Outside Access (Olive Cottages 1)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of Olive Cottages on Giles Lane.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 163cm (5ft 4in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 69cm (2ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located around the side of the building and up to the entrance door.
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located at the door (doorstep).
    • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The door is key access only unless you have a contact via the intercom.
    • The path leading round the sound of the building is uneven in places as well as sloped as shown in photographs 3 and 4.

Outside Access (Olive Cottages 2)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Giles Lane to the side of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 149cm (4ft 11in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 168cm (5ft 6in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located at the door (doorstep).
    • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The path leading to the door from the pavement along Giles Lane is level but uneven in places.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a common/ meeting room with a coffee table 32cm high. From this room there is a manual door that links through to the other side of the building. There is a slight lip at this door shown in photograph 5.
    • The building has narrow hallways with various only 80cm wide.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • The stairs are located by the Olive Cottages 2 entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the Olive Cottages 2 entrance.
    • There are 15 steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are two similar staircases for offices 4 offices on the first floor. One has a railing on the right and the other on the left.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located by the entrance to Olive Cottages 2.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 2m from the Olive Cottages 2.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • 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 87cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.