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University of Kent Tonbridge Centre

University of Kent, Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1TG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include part time courses in :- Archaeological Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English Literature, Geology, History, History & Philosophy of Art and Psychology.
  • Related link University Library website.
  • Http://www.kent.ac.uk/library/tonbridge/index.html
  • Comments View
    • The Tonbridge Centre is located on the first floor of the Kent Adult Education Services Building, and shares some of its facilities.
    • By prior arrangement, classes could be scheduled to be held in ground floor rooms if there are prospective students unable to access the first floor.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Tonbridge.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Tonbridge.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Staff and Blue Badge 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 at the rear of the venue, accessed off Danvers Road.
    • 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 240cm x 460cm (7ft 10in x 15ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main 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 a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building facing the public library.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left 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 have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 9 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • The stairs are located ahead from the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are university teaching rooms and library.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the stairs.
  • The lift is a chair stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

Reception

  • There is not level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is not 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show one of the teaching rooms on the first floor.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show a social space with drinks vending machine on the ground floor.
    • This is within the adult education centre, but available to university students if not in use for teaching.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 21 days to process an order.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Comments View
    • The Tonbridge Centre Library is unstaffed, but it is open for collecting and returning books. University of Kent office staff can help with enquiries.
    • Phone 01732 352316 or email [email protected] to check if the Library is open before you make a journey.

Accessible Toilet

  • 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 Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, opposite the Kent Adult Education Services reception, to the left from the main entrance.
    • There is 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 162cm x 172cm (5ft 4in x 5ft 8in).
    • 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 the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is no dropdown rail.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not 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 disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 54cm (1ft 9in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 131cm (4ft 4in).
    • 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The toilet flush is by pull chain.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the ground floor, to the left after the main entrance, opposite the Adult Education Centre reception.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main 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 at the rear of the first floor.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the stairs.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet is also used by male staff visitors.

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.