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31 Great George Street

University of Bristol, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS1 5QD

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Introduction

  • 0 - Car Park, Standard Showers
    1 - Atrium, Education Service - Offices and IT Services Training Rooms
    2 - IT Services - Offices, Meeting Rooms and Hub Areas
    3 - Directorate of External Relations, Office, Reception, Conference Rooms and Hub Areas.
  • Floors 4, 5 and 6 of the building are not occupied by the University.

Getting Here

  • The M4 and M5 motorways put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive, while the M32 allows direct access from the M4 to the heart of the city.
  • Parking is located around campus the majority of which is permit holder only.
  • The 9 and 72 bus services from Bristol Temple Meads train station run a combined frequency of every 15 minutes at peak times and stop at Tyndall Avenue on the University campus. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes. The number 8 service from Bristol Temple Meads train station runs at least every 10 minutes at peak times and stops by The Berkeley Pub on Queen's Road opposite the Wills Memorial Building before heading towards the Richmond Building (Students' Union) and Clifton village. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes. The 1, 2, 3, 4 and the One bus services all stop in the Park Street, Triangle, Whiteladies Road area a couple of minutes walk from the University. The Bristol Unibus service connects the Stoke Bishop halls of residences with the University campus and city centre.
  • Bristol has two mainline train stations. Visitors should travel to Bristol Temple Meads as it is about two miles from the University and is much closer than Bristol Parkway.
  • First group bus information for the Bristol area.
  • To view the web page described above click here (opens in new tab).
  • The national rail enquiries information for Bristol Temple Meads.
  • To view the web page described above click here (opens in new tab).

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park
    • The car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the right of and underneath the building.
    • 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 8 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 300cm x 520cm (9ft 10in x 17ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Car Park 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 car park surface is tarmac.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 250cm x 300cm (8ft 2in x 9ft 10in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Great George Street.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • The parking on Great George Street is pay and display.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located off Great George Street.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • 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 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Step(s)
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • There is / are 2 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments
    • This entrance enters the building on the third floor.

Outside Access (Car Park)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located from the cark park.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Step(s)
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Lift
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).
    • The lift does not bypass the ramp.
  • Comments
    • This entrance enters the building on floor 0.

Lift (Car Park Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the car park entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 125cm x 82cm (4ft 1in x 2ft 8in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a telephone number listed next to the lift for the building manager to acquire help in using the lift.

Reception (31 George Street Building Reception)

  • The Building Reception is located to the left on entrance.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Getting Around

  • Access
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around
    • 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 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.
  • Comments
    • There are automatic doors leading from the lifts and stairs lobby to the office areas. Most of these require a Ucard to enter from the lobby, and are touch pad operated to exit (photograph 2).
    • Photograph 5 shows Conference Room 3.04 on level 3 of the building.
    • Photograph 6 shows the corridor leading from the Staff Welfare Room and 1-1 Meeting Rooms on level 2.

Reception (Directorate of External Relations)

  • The Directorate of External Relations Reception is located to the right of the building on the third floor.
  • The desk is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located in the middle of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the main entrance.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 127cm (4ft 11in x 4ft 2in).
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does have a hearing loop 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 bright.

Kitchen Hubs

  • There are hub areas located on floors 1, 2 and 3, to the leftof the lift and stairs foyer.
  • There have kitchen areas with counters at heights of 82cm and 92cm.
  • There are microwaves and sinks available. There is a sink located o the lower counter, that also has a knee recess (shown in photograph 3).
  • There is a boiling water tap available at a height of 135cm.
  • Tables range from 48 and 102 cm with a average height of 72cm.
  • Chairs in these areas do not have armrests.

Atrium

  • The Atrium is located on floor 1 and includes vending machines and a hot beverage machine.
  • It is accessed via heavy manual double doors with a width of over 75cm.
  • There are chairs with armrests on either side.
  • The tables have heights between 46cm and 50cm.
  • The height of the hot beverage dispense is 125cm.
  • The height of highest vending machine controls and payment slots is 120cm.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • 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 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located next to the lifts on the third floor.
    • There is an identical accessible toilet in the same location on the first floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 143cm x 192cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 4in).
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • 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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s)
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor, the second floor and the third floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located next to the lifts on the third floor.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 12m 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.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on floor 0.
  • There is not level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is a deep step to access the showers.