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Essex House

University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Education and Social Work staff offices and seminar rooms.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • The nearest mainline station is Falmer.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • This car park is only for permit holders and Blue Badge holders only.
  • There are no parking charges for permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the side of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 2.7m x 5m (8ft 10in x 16ft 4in).
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is not accessible to a wheelchair.
  • The car park surface is concrete.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • These bays are normally allocated to specific vehicles.
  • For further details on parking on campus please see the university website parking page.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors are push pad operated and open towards you.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • 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 steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads up from the car park and has a handrail on the right hand side going up.
    • The steps lead up from Bramber House.

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high.
  • The desk has a lowered section.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • The 2 sets of doors leading from the reception area are push pad operated automatic doors.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are stairs in all 4 corners of the building, 2 of which only have handrails on the right hand side going up.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • The lift is 30m (33yd) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 141cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 8in).
  • There are not 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 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.

Level Change

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located left off the main corridor.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp has a handrail on the left hand side going up.
    • It leads down to Seminar Room 18.

Level Change (First Floor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located directly to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads to the offices of the Head of School and the Head of School Coordinator.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 39m (42yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the far end of the main ground floor corridor.
    • There is level access to the 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 92cm (3ft).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 194cm x 230cm (6ft 4in x 7ft 7in).
    • 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 the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • 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).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in the ground floor adapted toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 99cm (3ft 2in).
    • There are also adapted toilet on the first and second floors, which have smaller cubicles and no baby change.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located opposite reception.
    • The female toilets are 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main 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 the ground floor corridor.
    • The male toilets are 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also unisex standard toilets located at the far end of the ground floor.
    • There are male and female toilets located on the first and second floors.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located opposite reception.
  • The standard changing room is 10m (32ft 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 11m (12yd) from the reception desk.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.

Standard Shower

  • There are not standard level access shower facilities available.
  • Comments View
    • The shower located in the standard changing room is accessed by a deep step.
    • There is also a shower on the first floor, accessed by 2 medium steps.

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 not Text Relay aware.

Emergency Egress

Deaf Messaging Service