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Maxwell Hall

The University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • Opening times may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions, however all buildings are still open during core hours i.e. 9 - 5. The only building that may be closed is the leisure centre due to government restrictions.
  • There have been no changes to parking as a result of Covid-19.
  • There are no external queuing systems.
  • All main entrances are used for access and exit.
  • When entering any building you must be wearing a face mask.
  • There is a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There are hand sanitising stations at the entrance of every building and throughout.
  • There may be restrictions on the numbers of people allowed into service areas at any one time. There may be building attendants at the entrance to each building.
  • There are one way systems in a number of buildings, these are clearly marked.
  • Markings have been added to floors to assist with social distancing and signs have been put up on walls and doors to remind people to keep 2 metres apart.
  • All counters and main reception desks have a protective screen.
  • Toilets are available.
  • Some shower cubicles have been closed to assist with social distancing.
  • The communal changing area is closed. The changing area is restricted to 5 people.

Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Irwell Place Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building at the end of Irwell Place.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Crescent House.
    • 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 486cm x 600cm (15ft 11in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • Parking charges apply for non permit holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are not clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located close to the Blue Badge parking bays.
    • 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 access to the car park from the Crescent House.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Crescent House.
    • The nearest designated bay is 72m (78yd 2ft) from the Crescent House entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • 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 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • 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.

Link Corridor to Maxwell Building

  • There is a linked corridor on the first floor that leads to the Maxwell Building.
  • The access doors are automatic opening away from you, measure 125cm maximum opening and are operated by push pad.
  • For safety, pedestrians are instructed to keep to the left each way when crossing the link corridor.

Other Floors (Main Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located either side of the main entrance foyer.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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 two additional fire escape staircases to the rear of the building.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the main hall balcony and balcony standard toilets.

Lift (Main Hall)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the main foyer.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main 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 112cm x 145cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 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.

Main Hall

  • The Main Hall is located on the first floor. There is a platform lift from the entrance lobby that enters directly into the rear of the hall.
  • The doors from the stairwells open on to a raised area at the rear of the hall. Three deep, clearly marked steps just beyond the entrance leading down to the main floor stall seating to one side and an easy ramp to the other in front of the platform lift.
  • There is a balcony with entry from the main staircase on the second and third floors. There is no wheelchair access to these levels.
  • The photographs show optional seating arrangements. Seating in the main hall floor is stackable allowing for either stall seating or for use with tables, depending on function. Tables used are 70cm high. There are no chairs with armrests available.
  • There are six clearly marked deep steps on either side of the stage with rails on one side.
  • The lighting in this hall is adjustable.

Level Change (Main Hall)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located at the rear of the main hall on the first floor level.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • 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 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the rear of the main hall on the first floor level.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are adjustable.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Lecture Theatre(s)

  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is a steep ramp/slope for access to the lecture theatre(s).
  • The ramp/slope has handrails on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • There is/are 3 medium (11cm-17cm) step(s) for access to the lecture theatre(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked and does/do not have handrails.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are no designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 70cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • The height of the lectern is 80cm.
  • The lectern is not height adjustable.
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the staggered seating do have handrails.
  • The steps have handrails on both sides.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.

Lower Hall

  • The lower hall is accessed from the rear of the ground floor. It is located on the lower ground floor.
  • The tables used in the hall are all 70cm high.
  • Chairs are all stackable. There are no chairs with armrests.
  • There is a large screen with projector to one end of the hall.
  • There are two fire escape staircases at the rear and fire escape door to the right hand end of the hall.

Level Change (Lower Hall)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the front of the lower hall just beyond the entrance.
  • There is/are 15 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • 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 both sides the step(s).
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (Lower Hall)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the front of the lower hall just beyond the entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 112cm x 145cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 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 bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial, Braille and tactile signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter the building.
    • 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 a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 156cm x 220cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • 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 not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 109cm.
  • 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 is a similar accessible toilet on the lower floor.

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 to the left of the foyer.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right of the foyer.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.