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Charles Wilson Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include several food outlets, offices, sports hall and the University’s Islamic Society and Prayer Room.

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.
  • Useful Links

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park
    • The car park can be used by permit holders.
    • The car park is located to the left of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 250cm x 500cm (8ft 2in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • The nearest designated bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • There is / are 9 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 not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • The accessible entrance door is operated by staff inside the building, who must be contacted in order to gain entrance via this door.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance
    • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The doors are double.
    • The door opening is 157cm (5ft 2in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • The door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The doors are double.
    • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Delicious)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the Charles Wilson Building.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance
    • The main door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are double.
    • The door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in) wide.
  • Ramp/Slope
    • The ramp or slope is located either side of the doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Comments
    • This is the only level access to Delicious internally the only access is via three medium steps with a handrail on the right and good colour contrasting. These are shown in photograph 4.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Getting Around

  • Access
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 4 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to Chi Restaurant.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is an enclosed platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to Delicious.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • 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.
    • This building does not play background music.

Lift (Main)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-Mezzanine-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 130cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 3in).
  • The clear door width is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • There is a bank of 2 lifts, side by side and the details are the same for both lifts.

Lift (Foyer)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the main lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 83cm x 125cm (2ft 9in x 4ft 1in).
  • The clear door width is 92cm (3ft).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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
    • The platform lift overcomes the steps.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-Mezzanine-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • There are identical staircases on both sides of the building.

Eating and Drinking (Chi 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.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the restaurant entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • 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 hot and cold meals and drinks.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Delicious

  • Comments
    • Delicious is a shop selling food. It has various counters at which food is prepared for you. There are no seats in the shop.
    • The main service counter has a height of 86cm and is 12m from the Delicious entrance. It can be seen in photograph 1.
    • Menu's for food served here are can be found on the wall and the writing is clear and well contrasted.
    • In the shop area of Dellicious the tills are at a height of 85cm which can be seen in photograph 3.
    • There are self service hot drinks machine at a height of 154cm which can be seen in photograph 4.
    • Plastic cutlery and disposable cups are also available.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:00 - 19:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 19:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 19:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 19:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 19:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Eating and Drinking (Bar Lounge)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are not available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot meals.
  • Comments
    • There are two areas to the Bar Lounge.
    • The City Side area shown in photographs One - Three.
    • In this area there is no full table service and food is ordered from the counter. It can be brought to the table if specifically requested.
    • The Park Side area is shown in photograph 4. The Park Side restaurant offers full table service.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 09:30 - 14:30.
    • Tuesday 09:30 - 14:30.
    • Wednesday 09:30 - 14:30.
    • Thursday 09:30 - 14:30.
    • Friday 09:30 - 14:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear of the building on the ground floor, next to the Sports Hall.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the sports hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments
    • There is a single medium step into the shower area.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your left as you exit the lift on the mezzanine floor.
    • There is level access to this 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 width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 235cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 66cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 is not a mirror.
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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).
  • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • A baby change facility is located in the accessible toilet.
    • It is 87cm high.

Accessible Toilet (Main Building)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the lift entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the 6th floor.
    • There are additional adapted toilets located on the mezzanine level. At the time of survey, the adapted toilets on the mezzanine level were out of action.
    • There is level access to this 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 by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 165cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 5in).
    • 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, however it is not 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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).
  • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (Changing Room)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the changing room entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the standard changing room.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 165cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 5in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • 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.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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).
  • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the mezzanine floor.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 7m from the main lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are verticle grab rails on both sides of the seat and a horizontal rail on the right.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.