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Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It

Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canturbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Rutherford Dining Hall canteen and restaurant and the Bag It café.
  • The Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It are located on level 2 of Rutherford College in the East Wing.
  • Rutherford College link (new tab) - click here.

Getting Here (Getting to Rutherford College)

  • By Road View
    • The building is on the south-east side of the campus in the pedestrianised area.
      The building has its main entrance facing the central campus.
      This is about 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre.
      The building can be reached via Darwin Road which leads off Giles Lane.
      Giles Lane connects with the A290 Whitstable Road.
    • There is step-free access from Rutherford car park into the building.
      The Rutherford car park is for Blue Badge holders and university Pink permit holders only.
      The nearest car park for other users is the Central Visitor Car Park, to the west of the Gulbenkian/Colyer-Fergusson Buildings.
      This is reached using Library Road which leads off Giles Lane.
  • 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 Darwin 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 about 5 minutes away from the station.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information (Sibson Building)

Opening Times (Rutherford Dining Hall (Term Time))

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Monday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Thursday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Friday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 14:00.
  • Saturday 17:00 - 20:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 14:00.
  • Sunday 17:00 - 20:00.

Opening Times (Bag It (Term Time))

  • Monday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Friday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Saturday 00:30 - 00:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Building Parking (Accessible West Entrance - Blue Badge bays)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located by the accessible west entrance into Rutherford College.
    • 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) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 227cm x 427cm (7ft 5in x 14ft).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the west accessible entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The central marked area between the spaces is over 120cm.
  • 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 Rutherford Car Park.
    • The car park is located outside Rutherford College and Annex.
  • 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.

Building Parking (Rutherford Car Park)

  • 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 off Darwin Road and outside Rutherford College and Annex.
    • 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 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted and have markings which are faded.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 245cm x 450cm (8ft x 14ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Rutherford College's accessible 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.
    • Parking restrictions are from 8am Monday to 5pm Friday. Outside these times you do not need a permit. The Blue Badge bays have marked areas to the sides but not at the rear or front.
  • 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 Darwin College Car Park.
    • The car park is located off Darwin Road.
  • 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 Darwin Road.
    • The standard spaces on Darwin Road, which aren't individually spaced, are for Pink permit holders only between 8am Monday and 5pm Friday. There are no Blue Badge bays. This is shown in photographs 7 and 8.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Building Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building off the central campus promenade.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 154cm (5ft 1in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left of the central staircase on the approach.
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of and to either side of the main 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 medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The main entrance has two identical automatic doors next to each other.
    • The ramp is shown in photographs 4 - 8.
    • As well as the stairs shown in photograph 9 next to the ramp, there are 2 sets of stairs either side of the entrance. They have handrails on both sides, are of a medium height and are clearly marked.

Entrance (Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on Level 2 of Rutherford College in the East Block.
    • There is step free 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 139cm (4ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • There are two sets of doors in this location.
    • The double doors to the left are automatic and the doors to the right are manual.
    • The automatic doors are opened with a key card scanner at a height of 72cm as shown photograph 4.
    • When exiting the dining hall the doors are operated via a push pad located on the right hand side at a height of 97cm as shown in photograph 6.
    • There is an alternative entrance into the Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It with a width of 160cm on Level 3. The doors are double and permanently held open as shown in photograph 7.
    • There is also a level change consisting of 15+ medium steps with handrails on both sides as shown in photograph 8.

Eating and Drinking (Bag It)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the café.
    • The café is located on level 2 of the east Wing in Rutherford College.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered and full table service available via online app.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; handheld menus and online menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Staff can read menus to customers if requested.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are not available.
    • This area does play background music.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system .
    • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
    • Food and drinks can be ordered from the table. Scan the QR code located on the corner of the table as shown in photograph 13.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 94cm.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 67cm.
    • There are also coffee tables, long tables and armchairs.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood.
    • There is flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The seating area is shared between the Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It services.

Eating and Drinking (Rutherford Dining Hall)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the restaurant.
    • The restaurant is located off the Rutherford Dining Hall and Bag It shared seating area.
    • There is step-free access to the restaurant.
    • For access there is a single manual door which may be difficult to open.
    • The door opening width is under 75cm.
    • The entrance into the Dining Hall can be seen in photographs 1 and 2. The door opens both ways. There is a similar exit door for travelling into the shared seating area shown in photographs 3 and 4. There is a one way system throughout the food counter area as shown in photographs 5 - 12.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a buffet counter.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are not presented in contrasting colours.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Takeaway cups are not available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are not available.
    • This area does play background music.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system .
    • There are both wall written menu's and digital wall menu's.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 92cm.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • Self service counters can be seen in photographs 4, 5 and 6.
  • Self-Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 92cm.
    • Self service counters can be seen in photographs 7 and 10.
  • Payment Counter View
    • The height of the counter is 71cm.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is laminate.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 67cm.
    • There are also coffee tables, long tables and armchairs.
    • The surface height of the lowest table is 51cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood.
    • There is flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The seating area is shared between the Dining Hall and Bag It and can be seen in photographs 10 - 12.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located just outside the main entrance to the Rutherford College Dining Hall and Bag It on Level 2.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located elsewhere on level 2.