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London College of Fashion - Golden Lane - Main Building

University of the Arts London, Golden Lane, London, EC1Y 0UU

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Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, students, visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located around the main building and meeting room building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 477cm x 604cm (15ft 8in x 19ft 10in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main building entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Golden Lane.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Use of the car park should be prearranged with the University.
    • The route from the Blue Badge bay to the main entrance has some uneven surfaces and potholes in the tarmac.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the left side as you face the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is not 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 push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The key card reader and intercom is located at the start of the ramp.
    • Before reaching the main entrance you must first pass through the main gate leading into the site (as shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • The gate is permanently open with level access from the pavement.
    • If you approach the main gate from the road there is a dropped kerb with a steep slope as you join the pavement (shown in photograph 7).

Reception

  • The main reception is located to the left on entering the building.
  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Although the reception is not staffed the facilities office is located at the top of stairs to the left and they will handle any enquirers who come to the reception desk.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • 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 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.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and Upper Second Floor.
    • The stairs are located to the right on entering the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The ground floor has a manual, heavy, single door to access the stairwell.
    • There is a staff office on the upper second floor there are no handrails between the second and upper second floor (Photographs 4 and 5).

Other Floors (Stairs to Facilities Office)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and M.
    • The stairs are located in the reception area.
    • The stairs are approximately 7m from the main Entrance.
    • There are 13 steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are Mezzanine Offices.

Other Floors (Left Side Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Ground Floor Fire Exit, 1, 2, Upper Second Floor and Roof Access.
    • The stairs are located to the left of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 25m from the Main Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs can only be accessed from the first floor upwards.
    • Access from the ground floor is externally via an alarmed fire exit, this level is used as a fire exit only (as shown in photograph 4).
    • The stairs can be used to access the first and second floors and the upper second floor where the quiet space/prayer room is located.
    • Stairs between the upper second floor area and the roof have handrails on the left only.

Eating and Drinking (Self Service Area - Lounge)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the lounge.
    • The lounge is located on the ground floor to the right on entering the building.
    • There is step-free access to the lounge.
    • For access there is a single manual door which is easy to open.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 72cm.
    • There are also coffee tables, high tables, armchairs, sofas and high stools.
    • The surface height of the lowest table is 42cm.
    • The surface height of the highest table is 107cm.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a kitchen area next to the main seating lounge which includes a microwave and a coffee machine (as shown in photographs 10, 11 and 12).
    • There is no food available for purchase in the lounge.

IT Open Access

  • Located on the first floor is an open access computer study room for students.
  • There are printing facilities and staff to help with any queries in the IT Technicians office next door.
  • Desks are at a height of 72cm with adjustable chairs without armrests.

Quiet Space(s) (Quiet Space/Prayer Room)

  • Directional and locational signage for the room(s) is not available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is not step free access into the room(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • Comments View
    • The quiet space/prayer room is located in the upper area of the second floor.
    • This can be accessed from the left side staircase.
    • There is no step free access to the quiet space/prayer room.
    • The door is heavy, opens away from you and has a width of 84cm.
    • There is a coffee table with a height of 40cm that is moveable.
    • There is a sofa and some chairs available without armrests.
    • Prayer mats are available for use.
    • The light switch is 170cm high and there is a freestanding lamp with a switch at 110cm high.
    • There are no toilets on this floor.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the left of the reception area.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor to the left of the reception area.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the first and second floors.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor to the left of the reception area.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 250cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 2in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • 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 an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are 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 backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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 fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • 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 94cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on the ground floor to the left of the reception area.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is Braille and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.