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Ben Pimlott Building

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Design, the Department of Art - Studios, Goldsmiths Digital Studios, the Department of Psychology, the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in New Cross.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is New Cross Gate.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • Student and staff can be dropped off next to the main entrance, shown in photograph 1.
  • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
  • The nearest are outside the George Wood Theatre (shown in photograph 2) and next to Warmington Tower.
  • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (away from you).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 200cm (6ft 7in) wide.
  • Comments
    • A swipe card is required to use this entrance.
    • The push button to exit is 115cm high.

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high.
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is not generally staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • The reception desk is staffed for public events such as exhibitions only.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • There is level access to the front of the lecture theatre on the ground floor (shown in photograph 1), located to the right as you enter.
    • The lecture theatre has a hearing loop fitted.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5-6.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Main)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located straight ahead from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6.
  • The lift is 10m (32ft 10in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 132cm x 260cm (4ft 4in x 8ft 6in).
  • The clear door width is 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Small)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located by the stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6.
  • The lift is 13m (14yd 8in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 92cm x 133cm (3ft x 4ft 4in).
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • This lift is designated suitable for evacuation use.

Reception (Department of Art Reception)

  • The reception desk is 17m (19yd) from the main lifts.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments
    • This reception is located on the third floor.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 11:00 - 12:30.
    • Monday 14:00 - 15:30.
    • Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 15:30.
    • Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30.
    • Thursday 11:00 - 12:30.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 15:30.
    • Friday 11:00 - 12:30.
    • Friday 14:00 - 15:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 15m (16yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the ground floor toilet area, just past the main lifts.
    • 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 key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 222cm (4ft 12in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in) high.
    • 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 78cm (2ft 7in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There is also an adapted toilet located in the toilet area on the sixth floor, which has the lateral transfer space on the left, shown in photograph 2.
    • This was being used for storage at the time of the survey.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The unisex toilets are located in the ground floor toilet area, past the lifts.
    • Unisex toilets are 14m (15yd) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the first floor toilet area.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments
    • There are unisex toilets available in the same location on all other floors.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the first floor toilet area.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 57cm (1ft 10in).
  • Comments
    • A RADAR key is required to access the shower.
    • At the time of the survey, the shower room was being used to store a table.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Comments
    • Disability Equality courses are run by Student Services.
    • These are open to all staff, but are not compulsory.
    • There are refuge call points on each level, next to the evacuation lift and also on the external rear escape stairs.