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Thomas Graham Building

295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G1 1XL

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • This building is linked to the James Weir Building on levels 1 and 2.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Glasgow.
  • The nearest mainline 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 have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • The car park is located true.
    • 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 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 460cm (9ft 10in x 15ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 21m (22yd 2ft) from the accessible 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • This car park is for Permit Holders only.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance - Level 2)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Cathedral Street.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 143cm (4ft 8in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance - Level 2)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the entrance as you face it.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • 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 clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.

Level Change (Inside Access - Level 2)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located just inside the room.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads up to the lifts and the rest of level 2 from the accessible entrance.
    • The ramp has handrails both sides.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Level 3)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on Cathedral Street.
  • The main door(s) open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in) 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 144cm (4ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance - 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 12 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are also a further 3 medium, clearly marked steps with handrails both sides, just inside the entrance (shown in photograph 2).

Inside Access

  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Reception

  • The desk is 68m (74yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk is located just inside the main entrance.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • These steps are located next to the accessible entrance.
    • There are similar stairs next to the main entrance, except these are not clearly marked (shown in photograph 2).

Lift (Lift 97 - Evacuation Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right after the entrance ramp.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
  • The lift is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 132cm x 156cm (4ft 4in x 5ft 1in).
  • 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
    • There is also a goods and staff lift around the corner from this lift.
    • This is slightly larger than lift 97, and also accesses level 8.

Lift (Lift 96 - Evacuation Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the foyer by the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
  • The lift is 59m (64yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 145cm x 195cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 5in).
  • 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.

Level Change (Level 3 Lecture Theatres)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located on level 3, close to lift 96.
  • There is / are 10 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are in the centre.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • These steps lead up to lecture theatres 312 and 314, and rooms 311 and 313.
    • They can be overcome using Lift 93.

Lift (Lift 93)

  • The lift is located by the steps to the right as you exit Lift 96.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Lift 96.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 94cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 144cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are moderate ramps in front of this lift on both levels.
    • This lift is also 40m from Lift 97, 19m from the level 3 adapted toilet and 13m from the nearest refuge point.
    • This lift has a maximum load of 400kg.

Level Change (Link to Chemical and Process Engineering)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on level 2, at the rear of the building.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The Chemical and Process Engineering area can only be accessed from the rest of the building on level 2.
    • Lift 94 can be used to access levels B and 1 in this area.

Other Floors (Chemical and Process Engineering Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Lift 94)

  • The lift is located in the Chemical and Process Engineering area.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-1-2.
  • The lift is 93m (102yd) from accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 99cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are 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 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.

Staff Room - Level 7

  • This staff room is located on level 7, by lift 96.
  • It contains a kitchen and seating area.
  • There is no fixed seating.

Room 223 - Lecture Theatre

  • This room is located on level 2.
  • There is level access to the front of this room from the main corridor.
  • There is a moderate ramp to access the rear of the room, but there are no spaces for wheelchair users here.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests available, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is not lowered or height adjustable.
  • There is a low table available at the front of the room.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, but these are located at the rear of the lectern, so may not be accessible to all.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 50 m from the accessible entrance, 16 m from Evacuation Lift 96, and 31m from Evacuation Lift 97.

Room 227 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 2.
  • There is level access to the front of this room from the main corridor.
  • There is a moderate ramp, or a deep step with a handrail on the left hand side going up, to access the rear of the room, but there are no spaces for wheelchair users here.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests available, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is lowered but not height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, but these are located at the rear of the lectern, so may not be accessible to all.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 34 m from the accessible entrance, 32 m from Evacuation Lift 96, and 15m from Evacuation Lift 97.

Room 310 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 3.
  • There is level access to the front of this room from the lifts.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available, there are no seats with arm rests available, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is not lowered or height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, but these are located at the rear of the lectern, so may not be accessible to all.
  • The room has a hearing loop fitted.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 14 m from the nearest refuge point, 16m from Evacuation Lift 96, 37m from Evacuation Lift 97 and 22m from the level 3 adapted toilet.

Room 312 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 3.
  • There is level access to the front of this room from Lift 93.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front of the room.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There is a height adjustable table available. There are no seats with arm rests available, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is not lowered or height adjustable.
  • There is level access to the AV controls, but these are located at the rear of the lectern, so may not be accessible to all.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 7m from Lift 93.

Room 314 - Lecture Room

  • This room is located on level 3.
  • There is level access to the front of this room from lift 93.
  • The seats and tables are fixed.
  • There are no height adjustable tables available. There are no seats with arm rests available, but all seats have backs.
  • The room contains a lectern which is not lowered or height adjustable.
  • The AV controls are accessible to wheelchair users.
  • The room has a hearing loop fitted.
  • The lighting is adjustable.
  • The room is 14m from Lift 93.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 78m (85yd 11in) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter, near the stairs in the reception foyer.
    • There is a Clos-o-mat toilet in the same location on level 1 which does not offer drop down or grab rails. There is 50cm space to the left as you face the Clos-o-mat toilet. There is a similar Clos-o-mat toilet on level 3. There are further accessible toilets on levels 4 and 5 offering alternate right and left transfer space. There is not a grab rail on the transfer side in the levels 4 or 5 accessible toilets. There is a further Clos-o-mat toilet on level 6, similar to those on levels 1 and 3, but with a grab rail on the left.
    • 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 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 223cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 4in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • 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 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 general domestic waste 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.
    • 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 117cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is 55cm space to the right as you face the toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2, next to the main entrance.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 84m (91yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The toilets on levels 4-6 contain cubicles with grabrails fitted and doors that open outwards.
    • There are also unisex toilets by lift 97 on levels 4 and 7.

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 generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • There are refuge points by all lifts and by all fire exits on level 1 and 3-7, except in the Chemical and Process Engineering area.