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West Oast House

University of Kent, Crab and Winkle Way, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9DU

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The West Oast House is linked to the School of Physical Sciences whose main facilities are in Ingram and Jennison buildings.
    • There are rooms set up to be used for 'scene of crime' forensic training exercises - a living/ dining room on the ground floor and bedroom on the first floor.
    • The rooms can also be used for meetings or additional office/ teaching space.

Getting Here

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 and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Hothe Court/ Parkwood.
    • The car park is located off Crab and Winkle Way, just past West Oast House.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Oaks Car Park.
    • The car park is located at the end of Parkwood Road, at the junction with Crab and Winkle Way.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • A university staff, student or visitor parking permit or a Blue Badge are required to park in the Hothe Car Park. There are no designated bays in this car park.
    • The photographs show the entrance and the designated Blue Badge parking bays at the Oaks Car Park.

Outside Access (Entrance Gate)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front left of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located through the gate at the left side of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There are 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 good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The main entrance opens directly into the 'lounge/ dining room'.
    • The kitchen has a section of worktop with a second sink which is set at a lower height for wheelchair users.
    • The internal doors, which lead only to the corridor to the stairs and a stepped fire exit, are too narrow for wheelchair users.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located off the corridor which opens off the lounge/kitchen.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the 'bedroom' and offices on the first floor.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located with its own direct external entrance from Crab and Winkle Way.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • The door opens outwards (automatically).
    • The door is locked by a push button or pad.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 235cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • A staff key card is used to unlock the door.
    • The room has a second washbasin at standard height.
    • This is the sole toilet for the use of all staff and also for non-disabled students at the discretion of staff.