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Rutherford College Residential

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Location

Parking (Accommodation Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located from the access road leading from behind the college towards the Senate.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the accommodation entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 13m (14yd 8in) from the accommodation entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are another 3 designated parking bays in the car park at the front of the building.

Outside Access (Accommodation Entrance - West Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the west side of the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Level Change (Accommodation Entrance - West Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Parking

Outside Access (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at car park level, at the front left of the building, to the left of the stairs.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).

Level Change (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Lift (Main Car Park Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the car park entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main car park 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 96cm x 140cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are 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 loop 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance opens into the second floor.
    • The main entrance is on the third floor.
    • This lift also gives access to floor 4 of the North Wing.
    • The lift doors open on the opposite side from the car park level on levels 3 and 4.

Outside Access (Main Building Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building from the bridge level.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).

Level Change (Main Building Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up the left hand side of the bridge towards the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading on to the bridge towards the entrance from the central campus level.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • 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 the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 3 shows the landing at the top of the ramp, which is 106 x 106cm.

Reception (Main)

  • The desk/counter is 24m (26yd 9in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception is accessed by double doors, 165cm wide, that open away from you.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 07:25 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 07:25 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 07:25 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 07:25 - 20:00.
    • Friday 07:25 - 20:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Level Change (Reception)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located lending from the main entrance to reception, to each side of the lift.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not 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).

Lift (Reception)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the main building entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 96cm x 141cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 8in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop 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 medium.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is a corridor leading from the main building and car park entrances to the accommodation lift.
    • The entrance from the corridor is a push pad operated automatic door, 77cm in width.
    • Photograph 2 shows the push pad operated automatic door, 79 cm which opens towards you, leading to the corridor containing Flat W2N4.
    • All corridors with accessible rooms have push pad automatic doors at their entrances.

Other Floors (Stairs V)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 50m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are several similar stairs throughout the building which cover levels 2, 3 and 4 only.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the rooms on floor 1.

Lift (West Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the west side of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 99cm x 135cm (3ft 3in 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 loop system.
  • The lift does 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 medium.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 6 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was W2N4.
    • The width of the door to the room is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 180cm x 300cm (5ft 11in x 9ft 10in).
    • The bed is 59cm (1ft 11in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 40cm (1ft 4in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the room.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the shared bathroom.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 120cm x 240cm (3ft 11in x 7ft 10in).
    • The door opens sliding.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 in height.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is not a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are not available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are twist/turn.
    • The shower seat is flip down.
    • The shower seat height is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 6 accessible room(s) with a bath.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The accommodation includes a height adjustable sink.

Accessible Toilet (Level 2)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located just outside the entrance to the Rutherford dining hall on level 2.
    • There is a second accessible toilet on level 2, 20m from the lift (photograph 3). This is a larger room, but there is no drop down rail and the wash basin is not within reach of the toilet.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 180cm (4ft 9in x 5ft 11in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not 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 right.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are baby change facilities located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change bench when extended is 100cm.
    • The 60cm transfer space to the right of the toilet is reduced to 50cm by the baby change unit.

Accessible Toilet (Level 3)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • This is a Clos-o-Mat toilet.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right on level 3 using the accessible route after the main entrance or from the car park lift to level 3. The toilet is also 10 from the internal lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards (automatically).
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 220cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 both sides.
    • The lateral transfer space is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not 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, clinical waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are not available.
    • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 cannot 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The door is operated by pushpad.
    • This room does not have adequate turning space because the angled door cuts off a corner of the room.
    • The accessible toilet contains a ceiling tracking hoist which covers the toilet and the space to the right.

Accessible Toilet (Upper Level 4)

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the second floor and the third floor.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 47m (51yd 1ft) from the accommodation entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the accommodation entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The toilets on level 3 are off the courtyard opposite reception (photographs 3 and 4).

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the kitchen for the corridor containing Flat W2N4.
    • None of the shared kitchens have height adjustable or lowered surfaces.
    • Photograph 2 shows the laundry, which is located on floor 2.