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Sussex House

University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9RH

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • Posters have been placed around campus to help with social distancing and highlight any instructions or restrictions.
  • Wherever external queuing is necessary, 2m floor markings have been implemented.
  • Student ambassadors are employed to guide people around campus and assist with queue management.
  • Hand sanitisers are available at the main entrances and exit points of all buildings, along with main foot flow areas.
  • All meeting rooms and social spaces have maximum occupancy on the doors.
  • Classrooms and lecture theatres have been timetabled with maximum occupancies considered.
  • One way systems have been implemented in most buildings where 2m separation in the corridor cannot be maintained.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • Screens have been added at receptions/ all customer facing services and in some computer clusters.
  • Alternate sinks in toilets are out of action to maintain social distancing.
  • Social distancing signage has installed for toilet facilities.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in buildings.
  • Track and Trace barcodes are located at every building entrance.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .
  • Additional information about the measures in place for Covid-19 can be found here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include admissions office, staff office, Barclays bank.

Opening Times

  • The building is open 24 hours via swipe card.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University campus is located to the north of Brighton, accessed off the A27.
      From the centre of Brighton, take the A270 Lewes Road. Just before it meets the A27, turn onto Stony Mere Way and continue onto Sports Centre Road. Turn left into Gardner Centre Road. The building is located at the end of this road.
    • Pre-arranged visitor parking is available in Car Park 4, located outside Sussex House.
      The most accessible car park to the Trafford Centre is Car Park 1.
      Pay and display visitor parking is available in Car Park 4, Car Park 5 (outside the Sports Centre) and the Sports Complex car park. Permit only car parks are located throughout the campus.
  • By Bus View
    • Bus routes 5B 23, 25, 25X, 28, 29, 50 and 50U run from the centre of Brighton to the campus. Route 84 runs from Woodingdean to the campus in the morning. There are several bus stops located throughout the campus.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station is Falmer, which is located on the opposite side of the A27 from the campus.
  • Useful Links View

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, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is P4 Sussex House Car Park.
    • The car park is located off Southern Ring Road.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 370cm x 510cm (12ft 2in x 16ft 9in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on off Southern Ring Road.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located in front of the level 2 entrance.

Site/Campus Car Park (Car Park 4 - Sussex House Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in front of Sussex House, at the southern end of the campus.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Sussex 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 clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 365cm x 439cm (11ft 12in x 14ft 5in).
    • 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 all except permit and Blue Badge holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • 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 sloped access to the car park from the Sussex House.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Sussex House.
    • The nearest designated bay is 29m (31yd 2ft) from the Sussex House main entrance.

Outside Access (Level 1 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the left side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 178cm (5ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/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 not have handrails.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 7 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the step(s).

Outside Access (Level 2 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, off Southern Ring Road, opposite P4 Sussex House Car Park.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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/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 not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the step(s).

Outside Access (Level 3 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the right side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 75cm (2ft 6in).

Outside Access (Barclays Bank Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the left side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Outside Access (Admissions Office Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located towards the rear of the building, on the left side.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Reception (Sussex House Reception)

  • Sussex House Reception is located immediately beyond the level 2 entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the level 2 entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Admissions Reception)

  • Admissions Reception is located just beyond the Admissions entrance.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Admissions Office entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are 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 good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Fixed loops are located by the receptions and in meeting rooms.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
    • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located immediately beyond the level 1 entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the level 1 entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, light, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left after the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the level 1 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 100cm x 155cm (3ft 3in 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 has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not 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.

Barclays Bank

  • Comments View
    • Barclays Bank is situated off of University Way. There is level access to the services. The bank has a hearing loop and the counter heights are medium height.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 14:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00.
    • Wednesday Closed.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 14:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 14:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level 1, to the left after exiting the lift, and on level 2, to the left after exiting the lift in the toilet area.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, to the right after the level 1 entrance.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 2, to the left after exiting the lift.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 1)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1, to the left after exiting the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a hook.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 170cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a push button flush.
    • There is no dropdown rail.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a fixed horizontal rail without a padded backrest.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • There is no soap available.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 2)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left after exiting the lift in the toilet area.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a hook.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 180cm (4ft 10in x 5ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a push button flush.
    • There is no dropdown rail.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a wall which acts as a backrest.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 110cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located to the right after the level 1 entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 14m from the level 1 entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • It was not possible to access the female toilet.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female and male toilets are located on level 2, to the left after exiting the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the lowered wash basin is 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Standard Shower (Level 2 Standard Toilets)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the male level 2 standard toilets.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is one deep step to overcome when entering the shower cubicle.

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