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Building 85 (Life Sciences)

University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

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Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • These are the general opening times for the building.
    • Staff and students with the appropriate swipe cards can access the building outside these hours.
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Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the Highfield Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest mainline railway staions are Southampton Parkway (Airport) and Southampton Central (City Centre).

Parking Information

  • Visitors who hold a Blue Badge can park in any parking bay on campus without needing a University parking permit. Staff and students should obtain a University parking permit from the University‚Äôs parking team, which is free of charge to Blue Badge holders.
  • There is a map showing disabled parking bays on Highfield Campus: please click here to view.
  • If there is not a designated disabled parking bay near to a particular building, then a standard parking bay can be reserved for use by a disabled visitor by contacting parking services on 023 8059 2416.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the back of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 400cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 153m (167yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 156m (171yd) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building, opposite the Library.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 111cm (3ft 8in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up to the entrance.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp overcomes the steps mentioned.
    • The details here are for access from University Road.

Outside Access (Student Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite Building 32.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 125cm (4ft 1in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 122cm (4ft 0in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Level Change (Student Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (Main)

  • The reception desk is 8m (26ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a security barrier, 89 cm wide, located next to the reception, leading to lifts 3 and 4, the main stairs, toilets and a staff area.

Reception (School Office Receptions)

  • The reception desk is 30m (33yd) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are not trained to use system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk as shown in the photograph on the left is for the Student Office - Medicine.
    • This reception desk is open from 08.30 to 17.00 hours on Monday to Friday.
    • The reception desk as shown in the photograph on the right is for the Student Office - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Natural Sciences and Ocean and Earth Sciences.
    • This reception desk is open from 08.30 to 17.00 hours on Monday to Friday.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows one of the height adjustable tables available in all of the Teaching Laboratories.
    • Photograph 2 shows one of the Lecture Rooms, located on level 2.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on level 2, between the Student and main entrances.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The ramp has handrails both sides, and leads from the main entrance and receptions to the Student entrance and Lattes.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 2-3-4-5-6-7.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are only 12 steps between levels 4, 5 and 6.

Other Floors (Stairs to the Teaching Laboratories)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Lift 1)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 2-3-4-5-6.
  • The lift is 30m (33yd) from Learning Zone 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 94cm x 141cm (3ft 1in x 4ft 8in).
  • There are 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 controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is accessed via a door requiring a University card.

Lift (Lift 2)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1-2.
  • The lift is 25m (27yd) from Learning Zone Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 94cm x 138cm (3ft 1in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 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 (Lifts 3 and 4)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located through the reception barriers.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The lift is 17m (19yd) from 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 94cm x 140cm (3ft 1in x 4ft 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 controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • Lift 3 accesses levels 2,3,4 and 6.
    • Lift 4 accesses levels 2,3,4,6 and 7.
    • The lifts contain a flip down seat 53 cm high.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Lattes)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 6m (19ft 8in) from the Student entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is sandwiches and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Lattes is located on the right as you enter the building, via the Student Entrance.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 22m (24yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located by lifts 3 and 4, behind the main reception.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • 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 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 120cm x 190cm (3ft 11in x 6ft 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (0ft 4in) from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 47cm (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 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 not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical accessible toilets located on levels 1, 3, 4, and 6.
    • There are also 2 further accessible toilets on level 2, close to the student entrance and at the far end of the building, and also at the far end of levels 3 and 5.
    • These have the transfer space on the right as shown in the photograph on the right.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilets are located next to lift 3.
    • The female toilets are 20m (22yd) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilets are located next to lift 4.
    • The male toilets are 15m (16yd) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the standard male and female toilets by lifts 3 and 4, just behind the main reception.
    • There are also standard male and female toilets located near the Student entrance, and on levels 1,3,4, and 6.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located on level 1, close to lift 2.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • Other facilities available are a functional alarm.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Shower

  • There are not standard level access shower facilities available.
  • Comments View
    • The standard showers are located on level 1, by lift 2, and are accessed by a deep step.

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.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.