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Paragon House

Brentford Site, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 9GA

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the Brentford Site.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Brentford.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Boston Manor.

Parking

  • This venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • There are 3 designated bays.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 3.2m x 5.3m (10ft 5in x 17ft 4in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 4m (13ft 1in) from the main entrance.
  • The third bay is some distance from the main building because of the space for the Annex.
  • 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 dropped kerbs.
  • The car park surface is block paving.
  • There is a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • 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.
  • There are 3 designated bays.
  • The third bay is some distance from the main building because of the space for the Annex.

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 bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The bell is at a height of 100cm.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • There are also manual revolving doors at this entrance, either side of the automatic door with a width of 84cm.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There are Access Control Gates, 53 and 95cm wide, to the left of the reception desk as you face it, leading to the main part of the building.
    • An ID Card is required to use these gates, although the wider gate can also be opened by reception.
    • There is a separate exit gate, on the far side of reception, 99cm wide.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access and designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front of lecture theatres G03 and G04. The partition between these two lecture theatres can be removed, creating one large lecture theatre with a central presentation area (shown in photograph 2).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
    • The stairs are located to the rear left of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 19m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single 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 at the rear of the lobby.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the 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 100cm x 215cm (3ft 3in x 7ft 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 a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does 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 low.
  • Comments View
    • There are four lifts available labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • Of these four lifts only lift 1 accesses the mezzanine level.
    • There are slight ramps in front of the lifts on floors 2-11. An example of which can be seen in photograph 4.

Other Floors (Social Learning Centre)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and M.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the reception foyer area.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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 (Social Learning Centre)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the reception foyer area.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and M.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400kg.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main 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 108cm x 160cm (3ft 7in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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 bright.

Social Learning Space

  • This Social Learning Space is located on the mezzanine floor, above the Refectory, and accessed by the platform lift.
  • The Social Learning Space contains seating areas and tables for students to sit and study, individually or in groups (shown in photographs 1 and 2), as well as computer terminals on desks of different heights, which can be used at any time (shown in photograph 3).
  • Once on the mezzanine floor, there is level access throughout.
  • The lighting levels are bright and there is no music played.
  • This area is not a quiet space as it is located above the refectory and is open plan.

Forensic Scene of Crime Room (106)

  • The Forensic Scene of Crime Room is located in room number 106 on the first floor of Paragon House.
  • The width of door into the room is 84cm.
  • The door opens away from you.
  • A key code is needed to access the room with the number pad at a height of 152cm.
  • There are trip hazards within the room.
  • The layout changes of the room is frequently changed to create different scenarios.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 20m (22yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the rear of the reception, in the lift lobby.
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 141cm x 188cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 2in).
    • 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 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • 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 in the accessible toilet.
    • 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 49cm (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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are accessible toilets in the lift lobby on all other floors except the mezzanine.
    • The toilets on floors 6-11 have the transfer space on the right.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located towards the rear of the first floor.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available are an emergency alarm.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Shower

  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • The standard shower is located to the rear of the first floor, past the accessible shower. It us accessed by a shallow step.

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.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.