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Woolf College C Block

University of Kent, Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7BQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include ensuite standard and adapted self-catered accommodation available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
    There are 5-8 students per flat.
    The accessible room is on the bottom floor of C Block and also F Block (1 in each).
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include other accomodation blocks, Woolf College Halls Pavilion with reception for parcels/post and laundry room and Woolf College lecture theatres and teaching spaces.
  • Woolf College Halls Pavilion link (new tab) - click here.
  • Woolf College link (new tab) - click here.

Getting Here (Getting to Woolf College Block C)

  • By Road View
    • The building is on the north-east side of the campus located off Giles Lane. Giles Lane is reached via the A290 Whitstable Road.
      This is just over a 1 mile north of Canterbury City Centre.
    • The building has its own dedicated parking for Blue Badge holders but there are other car parks nearby.
      The Giles Lane car park is for Blue Badge holders and university Pink permit holders only.
      There are 2 Blue Badge bays close to Woolf Blocks and Pavilion.
      The nearest car park for other users/ visitors is the Central Visitor Car Park, to the west of the Gulbenkian/Colyer-Fergusson Buildings.
      This is reached using Library Road off Giles Lane and then taking the footpath around Colyer-Fergusson to the central campus area.
  • 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 stop is on Giles Lane.
  • 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.
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  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • 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 opposite Woolf College entrance and close to the Pavilion.
    • 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 4 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 232cm x 467cm (7ft 7in x 15ft 4in).
    • 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 72m (78yd 2ft) from the Woolf C Block.
    • 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.
  • 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 Giles Lane.
    • The car park is located to the rear of Woolf Block A.
    • Central Car Park is also close-by on the opposite side of Giles Lane. This car park is for visitors (pay and display).
  • 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.

Site/Campus Car Park (Central Car Park - Visitor Only)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Library Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Gulbunkian Theatre, Templeman library and Grimond Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted and have markings which are faded.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 231cm x 474cm (7ft 7in x 15ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all except Blue Badge holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the front of the car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment can be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Woolf College Block C.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Woolf College Block C.
    • The nearest designated bay is 125m (136yd 2ft) from the Woolf College Block C.
  • Comments View
    • Blue Badge holders must have valid university permit as well.
    • Restrictions are between 8am Monday and 5pm Friday.
    • The payment machine has controls 137cm high. There is no dropped kerb but there is a slight ramp up to the level of the machine to the right.
    • The accessible route from car park to central campus is around the side of the Gulbunkian Theatre. It is slightly sloped and shown in photograph 6.

Site/Campus Car Park (Giles Lane Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of Woolf Block A.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Woolf Blocks A and B.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted and have markings which are faded.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 231cm x 714cm (7ft 7in x 23ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders, permit holders, staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Woolf Blocks and Pavilion.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Woolf Pavilion or Blocks.
    • The nearest designated bay is 77m (84yd 7in) from the Woolf C Block entrance.
  • Comments View
    • The car park has 2 sections - both of which are for Blue badge or pink permit holders only from 8am Monday to 5pm Friday.
    • The section closest to Woolf College does not have any security barriers to pass through and has the 2 Blue Badge bays. There is a path with a slope by the bays towards the blocks and pavilion. This is shown in photographs 1-3.
    • The other larger section shown in photographs 4-8 has security barriers to enter with an intercom 115cm high. The route out of the car park is slightly sloped.

Outside Access (Block C)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located close to the entrance to the Pavilion/ Reception on the south-west side of the blocks.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 133cm (4ft 4in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 123cm (4ft).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance door has tactile paving in front of the entrance. There is a push button to release the automatic door to exit which is 105cm high.
    • There is a very slight slope on the path leading to Block C. All Woolf Blocks have similar entrance, however others (apart from F Block) do not have automatic doors.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to ground floor flats (1 and 2), however there are no lifts to other floors in any of the blocks.
    • The automatic door between the flats and the main entrance has a push pad to open it at a convenient height.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located in front of entrance to the Block.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The ground floor has automatic doors instead of manual doors. All blocks have similar staircases.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 2 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to C block Flat 1.
    • The accessible facilities are located on the ground floor of C Block.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was Flat 1C.
    • The width of the door to the room is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 584cm x 440cm (19ft 2in x 14ft 5in).
    • The bed is 51cm (1ft 8in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 0cm ().
    • Light switches are not within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Other accessible facilities available in the accommodation are an adapted bathroom and kitchen with a height adjustable surface which has a sink and hob.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 260cm x 248cm (8ft 6in x 8ft 2in).
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • The door does not have a lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 132cm (4ft 4in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are not available.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The shower seat is flip-down.
    • The shower seat height is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There are handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is poor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • 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 good.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 2 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • 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 cannot be accessed by lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1-7 show the accessible room whilst photographs 8-10 show the adapted kitchen.
    • The bathroom has an emergency alarm, 2 drop-down rails and vertical/horizontal rails for the shower. The toilet has a backrest instead of a cistern.
    • There is a shared kitchen with a counter 91cm high. There is a height adjustable section with a sink and hob as well as low cupboards. There is a breakfast bar that is 93cm high with a 90cm recess.
    • The other accessible room has a ceiling track hoist covering the bed and transfer space next to it. The room has push-pad automatic doors at the entrance to the room and the ensuite, electrically height adjustable bed and electrically operated blinds. It has a Closomat wash-dry facility in the ensuite.
    • Auxiliary Aids: Certain accomodation blocks may be suggested for more space if a resident has an assistance dog. Similarly, if a student/resident has a lot of specialist equipment, an ensuite or studio would be suggested (normally the university will pay the difference in cost). Adaptations are made to accessible rooms to meet the need of each resident.
    • There is also an accessible room in F Block and an accessible studio flat in J Block. Both of these rooms contain wheel in showers.
    • Any additional aids for sensory or mobility impairments (vibrating pillows, light alerts, mobile hoists) are the student’s home local authority’s responsibility. However, they can be provided on request in the interim if any issues arise.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.