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Charles Sikes Building - Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Information

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Huddersfield.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Huddersfield.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 330cm x 499cm (10ft 10in x 16ft 4in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 28m (30yd 1ft) 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 not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • Parking is for permit holders only.
    • Please contact the venue in advance to arrange for a permit.
    • The car park only contains 1 reserved parking bay for Estates and 2 Blue Badge parking bays.
    • There is an alternative campus car park opposite the building (photographs 3 and 4).
    • There are no Blue Badge bays in the campus car park.
    • Parking is for permit holders only.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.

Approach (Firth Road)

  • Approach
    • The surface of the approach is block paving.
    • There is step-free access on the approach.
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The gradient of the slope is very easy.

Outside Access (Firth Road Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located off Firth Road.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 163cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 174cm.
  • Comments
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor of the Charles Sikes Building.
    • The rooms CSG 26 and 27 are located on the ground floor.
    • There is stairs or lift access to the first floor.
    • The Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre is located on the first floor.

Approach (Canalside and Schwann Building)

  • Approach
    • The surface of the approach is block paving.
  • Step(s)
    • There is a/are step(s) on the approach.
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
  • Comments
    • The steps lead up to the footbridge from Canalside (photograph 1) and lead down from the Schwann Building to the footbridge (See photograph 2).
    • There is step free access along the footbridge.
    • The steps have tactile markings at the top and bottom.
    • The steps have a landing.
    • The Schwann Building steps can be overcome by using the Library lift. To use this please speak to a member of staff.

Outside Access (Lecture Theatre Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located on the footbridge.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm.
  • Comments
    • This entrance gives access to the first floor of the Charles Sikes Building.
    • The Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre is located on the first floor.
    • The rooms CSG 26 and 27 are located on the ground floor.
    • There is stairs or lift access to the ground floor.

Getting Around (Ground Floor)

  • Access
    • There is step-free access throughout the ground floor.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Classrooms - CSG 26 and 27

  • The classrooms are located along the ground floor corridor.
  • There is step free access along the corridor.
  • The surface of the corridor is carpet.
  • There is single width doors into both rooms.
  • The doors open away from you.
  • The doors are heavy, they can be held open if required.
  • The door widths are 85cm wide.
  • There is step free access throughout the room.
  • The surface of the flooring is carpet.
  • There are chairs without armrests.
  • The height of the tables are 70cm.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located is located on the ground, ahead as you enter from Firth Road.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 224cm x 234cm (7ft 4in x 7ft 8in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 159cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 105cm and 140cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Other Floors

  • Stairs
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located along the ground floor corridor.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G,1,2,3.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Getting Around (First Floor)

  • Access
    • There is step-free access throughout the first floor.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet, vinyl and tiles.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Entrance (Diamond Jubilee Foyer)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located along the first floor corridor.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 193cm.
  • Comments
    • The entrance gives access to the Lecture Theatre foyer from the Level 1 corridor.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 31m (33yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is not staffed.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk/counter.
  • Comments
    • The reception is located on the first floor, at the far end of the main corridor as you exit the lift.

Theatre

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the rear of the lecture theatre, to either side.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit in front of the patron, or in the 2 seats next to the designated spaces.
  • It is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Comments
    • The lecture theatre is accessed by 2 sets of double doors.
    • The doors have a single leaf which is automatic.
    • The doors are push pad operated.
    • The height of the push pad is 116cm.
    • The seats are stepped.
    • There are no handrails at the steps.
    • The desks have a clear height of 72cm.
    • The doors give access to the rear of the lecture theatre.
    • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre at the rear of the lecture theatre.

Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre

  • There is a foyer area before you enter the lecture theatre.
  • There is seating in the lecture theatre foyer.
  • The height of the highest table is 104cm.
  • The height of the lowest table is 74cm.
  • The seats do not have armrests.
  • The lecture theatre is accessed by 2 sets of double doors.
  • The doors have a single leaf which is automatic.
  • The door width is 80cm.
  • The doors are push pad operated.
  • The height of the push pad is 116cm.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair user located either side after you enter.
  • There is step free access to the designated seating.
  • Companions can sit in front of the patron, or in the 2 seats next to the designated spaces.
  • There are 1 to 15 plus steps from the front to the back row.
  • The desks are 72cm high.

Accessible Toilet(s) (First Floor Corridor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located along the first floor corridor, next to the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 130cm x 199cm (4ft 3in x 6ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 134cm and 220cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a lid.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 104cm (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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments
    • The toilet is a Clos-o-Mat toilet.
    • There are flushes are both side and are elbow flushes.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the Lecture Theatre foyer.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 167cm x 266cm (5ft 6in x 8ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 80cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the ground and first floor.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Standard Male Toilets)

  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.