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Royal Dockyard Church Lecture Theatre

University of Kent, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include flexible space, with moveable tiered seating.
  • Comments View
    • This converted church is used by the University as a lecture theatre but may also be used for concerts, recitals and other events.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The venue is located on the Historic Dockyard site, which is signposted off Dock Road/ Maritime Way. The Historic Dockyard is signposted from the A239 Pier Road/ Medway Tunnel.
    • There is no general parking for staff or students on the Dockyard site. There are a limited number of accessible parking bays - access through the security barrier must be arranged in advance. There is a large pay and display car park for general visitors, but this is a 10 minute walk from the church. For satellite navigation use the code ME4 4TY.
  • By Bus View
    • Arriva buses 100, 190 and 191 leave frequently from the bus stops outside Chatham train station and take approximately 15 minutes to get to the campus and Royal Dockyard. The bus stop for these services is on Dock Road, just outside the campus entrance. This is known as the Chatham Maritime stop or the Compass Centre stop. From elsewhere in Medway, Arriva bus 116 travels through the Medway campus itself from Chatham waterfront bus station through to Hempstead Valley.
  • By Train View
    • Chatham train station is the most accessible station for the campus and has regular services from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Cannon Street, London Victoria, Ramsgate and Dover. There are various bus stops and a taxi rank outside Chatham train station. A taxi to the campus from the station will take approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively, see local bus information.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available (within approximately 50m of the building).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Church Lane, opposite the Sail and Colour Loft.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible parking bay near the Sail and Colour Loft is signposted but not marked out. Other accessible bays near the Clock Tower Building are more than 50m away.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, facing Maingate Road.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left and right of the main entrance and after the second set of doors.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • 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 2 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 (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Each of the pair of outer doors is 110cm, but at the time of our visit (January 2018) the unlocked door was catching on the floor and could not be opened more than 75cm.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There is an easy ramp, with no handrails, for access to the accessible toilet and shared standard toilet.
    • This ramp is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the male and female standard toilets at basement level from the entrance foyer.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • These stairs are shown in photographs 3 and 4.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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 adjustable.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 5 shows the entrance foyer.
    • Photographs 6, 7 and 8 show the areas around the sides of the tiered seating.

Lecture Theatre(s)

  • 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 not 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 level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
  • 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).
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are not even.
  • Comments View
    • There are spaces for wheelchair users at the front at the end of the short rows of seats.
    • More of these rows of seats at ground floor level may be removed depending on the event.
    • The seats have fold down armrests and writing tables to the right of each seat.
    • There is an easy ramp up to the speaker's area.

Other Floors (Balcony)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and Balcony.
    • The stairs are located to the left and right at the rear of the church/lecture theatre.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the ground floor and on the mezzanine floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are balcony seating.
  • Comments View
    • The balcony is not used for seating for lectures and access is generally only for special events.
    • There are further steps to access the original tiered pew seating at balcony level.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the front of the lecture theatre, through the door to the left of the stage.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 290cm (7ft 10in x 9ft 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
  • 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 bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located off the front of the lecture theatre, to the left of the stage.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 25m from the main entrance.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There is a horizontal grab rail to the right of the seat.
    • There is sufficient standing space in the cubicle for ambulant disabled people.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Access to Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • The ramp or slope is located leading to the accessible and standard toilet.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show the shared toilet on the ground floor.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the female standard toilets at basement level.
    • These toilets are accessed via an easy ramp as detailed in the Getting Around section.