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Paragon Social Learning Space

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 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.

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.

Entrance (Social Learning Space)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the second floor, by the lifts.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The bell is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).

Reception (Students' Union Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Social Learning Space entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • This reception is for the Students' Union visitors.
    • The Students' Union area also contains several meeting rooms, which can be used for Students' Union business, located at the rear of reception, (photograph 2).
    • Users of the Social Learning Area do not have to report to the reception desk.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access throughout the Social Learning Space.
  • There are computers that can be used by students at any time.
  • Tables are also available for students to sit and study individually or in a group.
  • The lighting levels are bright and there is no hearing loop within this space.
  • There is an Assistive Technology desk located in the far corner of the Social Learning Space, shown in photographs 3 and 4.
  • This contains a height adjustable desk, large text keyboard, a scanner and CCTV.
  • The computer terminal also has assistive software, including JAWS, Dragon, SuperNova Magnifier, Mind Manager, and ClaronRead.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located within Paragon House, in the lift lobby outside the Social Learning Space.
    • Please see the guide for the main building for more details.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.