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Barnes Wallis Building

The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 7JA

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Introduction

  • This building contains Conference Rooms, the Students Union and the Barnes Wallis Restaurant.
  • The contact details for the Students Union offices in this building are :- Tel: 0161 275 2930 and Fax: 0161 275 2936.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Manchester.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Manchester Piccadilly.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Comments
    • There is parking available on the opposite side of the Quadrangle.
    • Access to this, and the drop off point, is via The Gatehouse security point, so a permit or prior permission is required to access this point.
    • There is also parking available in the multi storey car park on Sackville Street.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the Quadrangle.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 150cm (4ft) wide.
  • Comments
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 103cm (3ft).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps mentioned, and has handrails on both sides.

Outside Access (Altrincham Street Entrance)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in) wide.
  • Comments
    • There are double doors next to the main door which can be opened from the inside.
    • This entrance gives access to the 1st floor via the platform lift.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 14m (15yd) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The reception desk has a lowered section.
    • It is located next to the Quadrangle entrance, on the ground floor.
    • It is closed between 09.00 - 17.00.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments
    • The hearing loop is fitted in the Harwood Room.
    • Music is played in Harry's Bar.
    • There is a moderate ramp, 142 cm wide, leading up to the Peer Support Centre on the ground floor.
    • The Centre includes the Students Union's Students With Disabilities Office.

Level Change (Altrincham Street Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps.

Lift (Altrincham Street Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the 1st Floor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The lift is 4m (4yd 14in) from entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 143cm (3ft x 4ft).
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Eating and Drinking (The Barnes Wallis Restaurant)

  • The following information is for the restaurant.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 65cm (2ft).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments
    • The restaurant is located on the 1st floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 44m (48yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the far end of the ground floor.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 190cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 3in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 122cm (4ft 0in) high.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink is 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 grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • Although there is no transfer space, this toilet does have an electric ceiling hoist fitted.

Accessible Toilet (1st Floor)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 15in) from the entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located opposite the Altrincham Street entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 locking handle.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 198cm (5ft x 6ft).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 47cm (18in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").
    • The hand dryer is 118cm (3ft) high.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3").
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5").
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located at the far end of the ground floor.
    • The female toilets are 44m (48yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located at the far end of the ground floor.
    • The male toilets are 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard toilets available on the 1st floor.

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.