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Wimbledon College of Arts - Houses 1 and 2

Merton Hall Road, London, SW19 3QA

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • UAL is regularly reviewing all access to buildings and facilities in response to the latest government guidance. Check the updates on the Coronavirus: Important Information page to find out more.
  • There have been no changes to parking or the Blue Badge parking bays.
  • There are currently no external queuing systems in place.
  • All buildings now have entrances and exits via separate doors to assist with social distancing.
  • Hand sanitising stations have been installed at entrances, corridors and outside studios.
  • There are restrictions on the number of people allowed into service areas at any one time i.e. toilets.
  • A one way system has been introduced to assist with social distancing.
  • Signage has been introduced to assist with the one way system.
  • Wash your hand signs have been placed throughout.
  • Protective screens are now in place at the main reception and the library.
  • The lifts are limited to one person only.
  • Some urinals and cubicles in the toilets have been closed to assist with social distancing.
  • Shower cubicles in the new building have been restricted to two people only.
  • Staff are located at the main entrance to ensure people sign the track and trace sheets and remind everyone of the one way system.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .


  • Services include:.
  • House 1 - staff offices, including Dean's Office.
  • House 2 - ground floor studios and seminar room, first floor staff offices.
  • House 1 is not normally accessible to students.
  • These buildings are located to the left of the Reception Building.
  • They are approximately 70m from the Blue Badge parking bays.

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  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in London.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Wimbledon / Wimbledon Chase.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Wimbledon.
  • Comments View
    • Note that Wimbledon station is accessible, with lifts/ slopes to platforms.
    • Wimbledon Chase station has access by steps only.

Parking (Staff and Blue Badge Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located in front of the Main Entrance Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do 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 365cm x 490cm (11ft 12in x 16ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the Reception Building entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Reception Building 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.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The gate to the car park is normally closed and needs to be unlocked by security staff as required.
    • There are on-street pay and display parking bays in the road outside the venue.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - House 2)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The card reader touch pad is 110cm high.
    • There is a similar entrance to House 1 (picture 3).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located curving up to the entrance from the right.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are staff offices.

Meeting Room H1_3

  • The meeting room is located on the left hand side of the secretaries office.
  • The door is heavy, opens away from you and is 78cm wide.
  • The table has a height of 70cm and is not moveable.
  • Chairs are standard with no armrests.
  • The light switch is at a height of 138cm.
  • The room is 7m from the main entrance,
  • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the New Studios Building.

Accessible Toilet

  • The nearest accessible toilet is in the New Studio Building.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.
  • Comments View
    • All the Wimbledon College buildings are fitted with the Deaf Message Service to give emergency evacuation text message warnings.
    • Details are available from reception.