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Royal College Building

204 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1XW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Biosciences, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, a swimming pool, teaching rooms.
  • Related link James Wier Building.
  • Comments View
    • Step free access into this building, on level 5, is via the James Wier Building level 2.
    • Please see the separate guide for this building for access information.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Glasgow.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Glasgow Queen Street.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Buchanan Street.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 0cm x 0cm ( x ).
  • Comments View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
    • There are on street pay and display bays available on Montrose Street, George Street and John Street, outside the building.
    • There is a permit holders University Car Park in the McCance Building basement,on Richmond Street.
    • The George Street NCP car park is also located on Montrose Street.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - George Street - access to level 1)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on George Street.
  • The main door(s) open both ways.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 226cm (7ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the mezzanine level between levels 1 and 2.

Level Change (Main Entrance - George Street - access to level 1)

  • 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 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Reception (Security)

  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The Security Reception is located on the mezzanine level, to the left of the main entrance as you enter.

Outside Access (Montrose Street Entrance - access to level 2)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 250cm (8ft 2in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in) wide.

Level Change (Montrose Street Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located either side of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 3-5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (John Street Entrance - access to level 3 Royal College)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the side of the building.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to a landing on the John Street stairs.

Level Change (John Street Entrance - to access level 3)

  • 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 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.

Outside Access (Ground Floor, James Weir Building Entrance 0access to Level 4 Royal College)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the James Weir Building which give access to Royal College level 4.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 169cm (5ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There is another entrance further into the James Weir Building, which has no doors.
    • This leads to the rear of the Assembly Hall.
    • These entrances give access to level 4 of the building.

Level Change (Ground Floor, James Weir Building Entrance - to access level 4 of Royal College Building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is portable.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • Please contact James Weir Building reception.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 94cm (3ft 1in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located left as you enter the Montrose Street entrance.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp is either kept in situ on the steps, or stored on the wall next to the steps.
    • There are also 4 steps in front of the entrance further inside the ground floor corridor (shown in photograph 2).
    • The portable ramp can be used to overcome these if required.
    • Please ask a member of Security at reception if assistance is required.

Outside Access (Level 3 James Weir Building to access level 6 of the Royal College)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the left as you exit James Weir.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 139cm (4ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 5 of the building.
    • There is a similar entrance on the Basement level of James Weir, leading to level 3 of the Royal College.
    • There is also an entrance on level 1 of James Weir, leading to level 6 of this building.
    • There are 6 medium steps at this entrance.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Other Floors (Main Stairs at Georget Street entrance)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-M-L2-U2-L3-U3-4-5-6.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are 14 clearly marked steps with a handrail on the left between levels 1-M.
    • Between the other levels, there are two sets of stairs with handrails on opposite sides.
    • There are 10 stairs with no landing between levels L2-U2-L3-U3.

Other Floors (John Street Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-1M-U2-2M-U3-4-5-6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The services on other floors which are not accessible include the swimming pool, the Wind Energy Systems Doctorial Training Centre and Rooms 434 a and b.
    • There are similar stairs in the opposite corner of the building, by the Montrose Street entrance.
    • There are standard toilets located on the landings on these stairs.

Lift (Lifts 143-145)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the centre of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2-3-4-5-6.
  • The lift is 75m (82yd 1in) from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 127cm (4ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 227cm x 158cm (7ft 5in x 5ft 2in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is 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 not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • Level 1 can be accessed by this lift with use of a key.
    • A key is required, so students and visitors will need to speak to a member of staff.
    • There is also a goods lift (lift 142) available, located closer to the John Street side of the building.

Lift (Lift 141)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the corridor at the front of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-M-L2-L3-4-5-6-7.
  • The lift is 98m (107yd) from Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 102cm (3ft 7in x 3ft 4in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Lift 146 - Level 2)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the stairs by the Montrose Street entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are L2-U2.
  • The lift is 67m (73yd 10in) from the lifts 143-145.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 89cm x 130cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 3in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Level Change (Level 1 - Room 107)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located off the main corridor.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading to the Optoelectronics Lab.
  • There is / are 10 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a moderate ramp on the Montrose Street side of the building, which leads up to Room 107.

Level Change (Level 2)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from lifts 143-145 to the rest of level 2.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located off the corridor to the left of the ramp.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The steps lead up to a mezzanine level containing the Institute for Energy and Environment.
    • There are 15+ medium steps with a handrail on the right hand side going on the John Street side of the building, which lead to a mezzanine level.
    • This can also be accessed via stairs from level 3.

Level Change (Level 3)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located off the corridor left as you exit lifts 143-145.
  • There is / are 10 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • These steps lead up to The Robertson Trust Laboratory for Electronic Sterilisation Technologies and the HVT Research Group.
    • There are also 4 medium steps with a handrail on the right going up leading up to the University Technology Centre in Power Engineering.

Level Change (Centre for Molecular Nanometrology - Level 5)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on level 5, by the John Street stairs.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located on level 5, by the John Street stairs.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp overcomes the steps mentioned, and has a handrail on the left hand side going up.

Level Change (Level 5 - Mezzanine)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 14 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The steps are located in the corridor leading from the Mezzanine Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
    • They lead to rooms 531, 531a, 539, 539a, 543, 543a and b, and 561a.

Undergraduate Common Room - Level 1

  • The Undergraduate Common Room is located on level 1, accessed by lift 141.
  • It contains seating and a kitchen.
  • There are also vending machines available on level 2, opposite lifts 143-145 in the central lift foyer.

Swimming Pool (Swimming Pool - Level 1 Mezzanine)

  • There is not level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is not a wet side chair available.
  • There is not a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • There are not steps into the swimming pool.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.
  • Comments View
    • The Swimming Pool is located on level 1 Mezzanine, accessed via the John Street Stairs.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located on level 1 Mezzanine, by the swimming pool.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing rooms.

Room 345

  • This room is located on level 3.
  • There is level access to the front of this room, with designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • The seats and tables are fixed. There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 62m from lifts 143-145 and 50m from the Basement Floor, James Weir Building entrance.

Assembly Hall - Level 4 - room 471

  • This rooms is located on level 4 of the building.
  • There is level access to this room from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance, and the lifts.
  • The seats and tables are not fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available. The seats do not have arm rests, but do have backs.
  • The stage in this room is accessed by 7 medium steps with no handrails.
  • The room contains a mobile lecturn, which is not lowered or height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, which are not height adjustable.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is not adjustable.
  • The room is 24m from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance, 37m from the lifts 143-145, and 51m to the refuge point by the main stairs.

Rooms 434 a and b - Teaching Rooms

  • These rooms are located on level 4 of the building, on the landing between levels 4 and 5 on the John Street Stairs.
  • They are accessed by 7 medium, clearly marked steps with no handrails from level 4.
  • The seats and tables are not fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, the seats do not have arm rests,but do have backs.
  • The room does not contains a lectern.
  • The AV controls are not accessible.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 48m from lifts 143-145, 61m from the refuge point by the main stairs and 93m from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
  • At the time of the survey, these rooms were being refurbished.

Room 473 - Computer Lab

  • This room is located on level 4 of the building.
  • The seats and tables are not fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, the seats have arm rests and backs.
  • The room does not contains a lecturn or AV controls.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 39m from lifts 143-145, 53m from the refuge point by the main stairs and 43m from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
  • At the time of the survey, this room was being refurbished.

Room 512 - Teaching Room

  • This room is located on level 5.
  • There is level access to the front of this room.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there is one chair with arm rests available, and all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is not lowered.
  • There is level access to the AV controls.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 35m from lifts 143-145 and 22m from the refuge point by the main stairs.

Room 641 - Teaching Room

  • This room is located on level 6.
  • There is level access to the front of this room, with designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, which are height adjustable.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is not adjustable.
  • The room is 58m from lifts 143-145 and 71m from the refuge point by the main stairs.

Room 667 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 6.
  • There is level access to the front of this room, with designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • The seats and tables are fixed. There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 81m from lifts 143-145 and 94m from the refuge point by the main stairs.

Room 669 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 6.
  • There is level access to the front of this room.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there is one chair with arm rests available, and all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is lowered but not height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls.
  • The room does not contain a hearing loop.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 32m from lifts 143-145 and 45m from the refuge point by the main stairs.

Room 226 - Sports Hall

  • The hall is 5m from the top of Lift 146 of the steps there.
  • The double doors are heavy and open towards you.
  • There is a clearly marked easy slope leading onto the wooden floor.
  • There is not a fitted hearing loop in the hall.

Standard Changing Room (Rooms 227a and 227b - Sports Hall)

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located off the landing of the stairs to the left of the sports hall.
  • The standard changing room is 3m (3yd 10in) from the stairs.
  • There is not level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • There are showers available with a door width of 59cm.
    • There are also toilets in the changing room which along with the showers are accessed via an easy slope.

Accessible Toilet (Room 659)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 110m (120yd 11in) from the lifts 143-145.
    • The accessible toilet is located towards the front left of the building from the lift, in the corridor to the lecture theatre.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 295cm x 460cm (9ft 8in x 15ft 1in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on both sides.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The sink is height adjustable.
    • There is a 180cm bench with a privacy curtain available.
    • There is also an accessible toilet located on the ground floor of the James Weir Building, accessible via level 4 of the Royal College.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located on level 4, by the James Weir Building.
    • The female toilets are 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located on level 5, on the John Street side.
    • The male toilets are 46m (50yd 11in) from the lifts 143-145.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The unisex toilets are located on level 4, outside Assembly Hall.
    • Unisex toilets are 14m (15yd 11in) from the Ground Floor, James Weir Building entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also female toilets on levels 1,2, 4,5 and 6.
    • There are male toilets on levels 2, 3,5 and 6.
    • There are staff only male and female toilets located on level L2.
    • The additional standard toilets are located on the landing area of each floor.
    • There is an additional unisex toilet located on level 3 outside Room 373.

Additional Info

  • Staff do 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 generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.