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Bennett Building

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include
    • The Department of Geology
    • The Department of Geography
    .

Opening Times

  • 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.

Getting Here

  • By Road
    • The University Campus is located to the south of Leicester City Centre, accessed via University Road. This leads off London Road (A6) and Welford Road (A5199), both of which lead south off of the Inner Ring Road (A594).
    • Parking on campus is very limited, but there are several public car parks nearby.
  • By Bus
    • Bus routes 47, 47a, 48, 48a, 80 and 80a stop on University Road, close to this building.
  • By Train
    • Leicester Station is located on the south side of the City Centre, just off the Inner Ring Road. University Road can be reached from here using the 48 or 80 bus. Leicester is on the London - Sheffield and the Birmingham - Stansted lines.
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Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Entrance 3)

  • Car Park
    • The car park is located off University Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Bennett Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 323cm x 580cm (10ft 7in x 19ft).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the University Road.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the University Road.
    • The nearest designated bay is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Bennet Building.
  • Comments
    • This car park can be used by visitors, but permits must be applied for in advance and displayed otherwise a penalty notice will be issued. A Permit only gives a right to search for a space.
    • This car park has a barrier at the entrance (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • People wishing to access the car park need to press a button on the barrier to talk to security.
    • This button to the intercom can be reached from a vehicle.
    • Access to the Bennett Building from the car park requires a swipe card.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located in the quad outside the Physics Building, Rattray Lecture Theatre, and Bennet Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped 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 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 114cm (3ft 9in).
  • Step(s)
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of and immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 7 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 clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are in the centre of the step(s).
  • Comments
    • The entrance surveyed was at the top of the ramp.
    • The door is push pad activated to exit.
    • The second door is push pad activated to enter and exit.
    • The height of the push pads is 93cm.
    • There are 2 sets of double automatic doors at the steps for this entrance (shown in photographs 11 and 12).
    • These doors have not been surveyed.

Outside Access (Lower Ground Floor Link Building Entrance 3 Car Park)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the link building, in the Entrance 3 Car Park.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 127cm (4ft 2in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp is 123cm (4ft).

Outside Access (Lower Ground Floor Main Building Entrance 3 Car Park)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the main building, in the Entrance 3 Car Park.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 122cm (4ft).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 131cm (4ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to both sides of the entrance as you face it.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 92cm (3ft).
  • Comments
    • The handrails for the ramps are on the opposite side to the building.

Reception (Department of Geology and Department of Geography Administration Office)

  • The Department of Geology and Department of Geography Administration Office is located to the right of the main entrance as you enter.
  • The desk is 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • 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 hearing system.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Getting Around

  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with a central handrail, for access to the upper section in the main foyer.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the upper section in the main foyer.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • This level change is shown in photographs 11 - 14.
  • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the Astronomy research laboratory on the Lower Ground Floor.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • This level change is shown in photographs 15 - 16.
  • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the central area of the Lower Ground floor, including Lecture Theatres 4, 1, 5 and 8, and room LG5.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the central area of the Lower Ground floor, including Lecture Theatres 4, 1, 5 and 8, and room LG5``.
  • The width of the ramp is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
  • This level change is shown in photographs 17 - 20.
  • There are 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 flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around (Bennett Building Link)

  • Access
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • There is a steep ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the Bennett Building Link from the Bennett Building.
    • This level change is shown in photographs 3 - 4. There is a similar ramp leading between the main building and the Lower Ground Floor Link Building Entrance 3 Car Park entrance area (shown in photographs 5 - 6).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around
    • 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 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.

Other Floors (Foyer)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 1.
    • The stairs are located on the upper level of the foyer.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on the basement floor and on the first floor.
    • 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.
    • There is a similar set of stairs from G, 1 to the left hand side of the building as you enter via the main entrance, in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment (shown in photographs 5 - 6).

Other Floors (Right Hand Side)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, LG, G.
    • The stairs are located along the corridor to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the lower ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Other Floors (Spiral)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the main lift.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the main lift.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are additional research rooms.
  • Comments
    • This staircase is a spiral staircase.

Lift (Main)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, LG, G, 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 750kg.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 145cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 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.

Lift (Lower Ground Floor Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located straight ahead as you exit the main lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 130cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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
    • There is a steep ramp without handrails to access the lift on the lower level.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 176cm x 300cm (5ft 9in x 9ft 10in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 94cm and 103cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 47cm (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 height of the hand dryer is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 119cm.
  • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the lower ground floor.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is a deep step to access the shower.
    • The shower has a fixed shower head and twist/turn controls.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor and the first floor.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the lower ground floor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is an ambulant cubicle in the standard toilets on the lower ground floor.
    • The standard female and male toilets on the first floor are for staff use only.