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Art House

City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZB

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include fine arts and illustration teaching rooms and studios.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The City Campus is located to the north of the centre of Worcester, just off the A38.
      • From the M5 take junction 7 onto the Whittington Road signposted Worcester, Evesham, and County Hall. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4440 signposted Worcester (City Centre) (A44), Evesham, and Stratford. Proceed to the next roundabout and take the first exit onto the A44, signposted Worcester (City Centre). Continue along the A44 to the next roundabout. Take the first exit to continue along the A44 (London Road), signposted City Centre. Continue along the A44 for approximately 1.1 miles. At the traffic lights proceed straight ahead, onto Sidbury (A44), passing The Commandery on the right. Continue along Sidbury, proceeding onto Deansway (A44), for approximately 795m. Proceed onto Bridge Street and take the right hand lane to turn right onto North Parade, following the signs for University (City Centre). Continue to follow the road, taking the left hand lane, proceeding from North Parade onto North Quay, and Croft Road, for approximately 400m. At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A449 (Croft Road). After approximately 95m bear right to continue along the main road onto Castle Street. The Arthouse is on the left after approximately 115m.
      • From the West take the A44 or A4103 to Worcester. Follow the A44 (Bromyard Road) signposted Worcester. After approximately 1.5 miles bear left and follow the signs for City Centre. Continue to follow the signs for City Centre onto Tybridge Street and take the left lane to continue along the A44 towards the City Centre across Worcester Bridge. Stay in the left hand lane proceeding from North Parade onto North Quay, and Croft Road, for approximately 400m. At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A449 (Croft Road). After approximately 95m bear right to continue along the main road onto Castle Street. The Arthouse is on the left after approximately 115m.
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    • On-site parking is available at the City Campus. There are also public car parks near to the campus.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop to the City Campus is The Tything, on the A38, approximately 0.2 miles away. From the bus stop head towards the City Centre and turn right onto Castle Street. The campus is on both sides of the road after approximately 205m.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Worcester Foregate, approximately 0.3 miles away. Exit the station and turn right onto Foregate Street. Proceed along Foregate Street for approximately 220m. Turn left onto Castle Street. The campus is on both sides of the road after approximately 205m.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all except Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the left of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 4 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 355cm x 627cm (11ft 8in x 20ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Pitchcroft.
    • The car park is located on Severn Terrace.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Infirmary Walk.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Severn Terrace.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The Art House building parking is shown in photographs 1-4.
    • The public parking on Pitchcroft is shown in photographs 5 and 6.
    • The Blue Badge parking on Infirmary Walk is shown in photographs 7 and 8.
    • The Blue Badge bays are not individually marked.
    • The width of the Blue Badge bays is 220cm.
    • There is room for approximately 4 cars.
    • The standard parking bays on Severn Terrace are shown in photographs 9 and 10.
    • The standard parking bays are not individually marked.
    • The width of the standard parking bays is 220cm.
    • There is room for approximately 5 cars.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A UCard is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 195cm (6ft 5in).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 5 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the front right of the building.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the front right of the building.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • These steps are in the entrance foyer, to the right as you enter the building and access the front right of the building.
      The steps are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
      The ramp is in the entrance foyer, to the right as you enter the building and accesses the front right of the building.
      The ramp is shown in photographs 3 and 4.
      There are also 2 medium height, clearly marked steps with a handrail on both sides (going up) to enter the lower part of the ramp.
      These steps are shown in photographs 5 and 6.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the rear right of the building.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are located at the rear right of the building and are shown in photographs 7 and 8.
      There is a platform lift to overcome these steps.
      Please see the Rear Right Platform Lift section for more information.
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Lift (Rear Right Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear right of the building.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and UG.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300kg.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 145cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a steep ramp to enter/exit the lift on the lower level.
    • There is level access to enter/exit the lift on the upper level.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, in the corridor through the doorway at the front left of the building, then half way along the corridor on the right.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 158cm x 245cm (5ft 2in x 8ft).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • 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 48cm (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 not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 107cm.
  • 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change table in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm.

Accessible Toilet (Right Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, at the very end of the corridor at the front left of the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 202cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 8in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • 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 48cm (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 not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 109cm.
  • 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor in the corridor through the doorway at the front left of the building, then half way along the corridor on the right.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 17m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.