Skip to main content

Ellen Terry Building

Coventry University, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5RW

View Accessibility Symbols

Accessibility Symbols

For more information about what these symbols mean, view our Accessibility Symbols Guide.

Close this popup window.

Access Guide

Show Easy Read

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities - teaching rooms, theatre, dance studios, recording studio, TV studio, radio studio, photography studios and staff offices.

Rooms and Spaces Links

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Coventry lies at the heart of a motorway network. Once you get to the city centre there are signposts to the university from all the relevant ring road junctions.
      From London: follow the M1, leaving it at Junction 17 onto the M45. At the end of the M45, continue along the A45 and follow the signs for the city centre.
      From East Anglia and eastern England: Take the A14 until it meets the M1/M6 interchange. Then take the M6 to Junction 2 and follow signs for the city centre.
      From southern England: take the A34 to the M40. Leave the M40 at Junction 15, then take the A46 and follow signs for the city centre.
      From the southwest: take the M5, then the M42, leaving the M42 at Junction 6. Follow the A45 to Coventry. From South Wales: follow the M4 to the M5, then as above.
      From western Scotland and the Northwest: leave the M6 at Junction 3 and follow the signs for Coventry city centre.
      From the North: take the M1 to Junction 21, then to the end of the M69, following signs for Coventry city centre.
    • There is a small car park in front of the Alison Gingell Building off Whitefriars Street.
      There are also numerous car parks located nearby including the Multi-Storey Staff Car Park on Gosford Street.
      There are also the Gosford Street, Grove Street and Lower Ford Public Car Parks Located nearby.
  • By Bus View
    • Pool Meadow bus and coach station is located five minutes' walk from the University's main reception in the Alan Berry building.
      For details of local bus/coach/train times and destinations please contact the bus station enquiry line on: +44 (0) 24 7655 9559.
      National Express offers connections between Coventry and other major cities around the UK. If you travel from Birmingham Airport you can take line number 900 bus to Pool Meadow station.
      Other Bus Stops are located nearer the Whitefriars / Jordan Well Area. Including Whitefriars (Stop LC) which serves route 735.
      As well as Earl Street (Stop MP1) which is located on Much Park Street and serves routes 1, 11, 11U, 12X, 41, 539, 580, U17 and X17.
  • By Train View
    • Whitefriars Street is approximately 0.8 miles from Coventry Train Station and should take approximate 16 minutes to reach by foot.
      Coventry is on the main intercity route. Trains from London (Euston) leave every 30 minutes throughout most of the day with journey times of 1 hour to 80 minutes. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Coventry from Birmingham International Station.
      There are also daily services from Scotland and the Northwest, from Bristol, the Southwest and South Wales. In addition, there are frequent services from Oxford, Southampton and Bournemouth, as well as Nuneaton, Rugby, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International (for Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre). Check the National Rail Enquiries website for more information.
  • Useful Links View
  • AccessAble Related Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Whitefriars Car Park.
    • The car park is located at the far end of Whitefriars Street from the building, on the far side of the Alison Gingell Building.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available (within approximately 50m of the building).
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 500cm (6ft 7in x 16ft 5in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Whitefriars Street, to the side of the building.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Whitefriars Street, to the side of the building.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The on street standard bays (photographs 2 and 3) are pay and display, with a maximum stay of 4 hours.
    • Whitefriars car park (photograph 4) does not contain Blue Badge bays, but is free for Blue Badge holders.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, off Jordan Well.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the automatic doors as you face them.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • 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 the left going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the manual doors, to the left of the automatic doors.
    • There is / are 1 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 shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • Comments View
    • The manual doors to left of the automatic doors are double width but with 1 door locked, 73cm wide (shown in photograph 5).

Reception

  • The main reception is located in the far left hand corner of the foyer from the main entrance.
  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • There is a steep ramp, with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the Journalism teaching rooms.
  • This ramp is located off staircase 1 on the first floor (shown in photograph 1 and 2).
  • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to Media and Performance Arts staff offices on the second floor.
  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is an enclosed platform lift which overcomes the steps.
  • These steps are located directly to the left as you exit the main lifts (shown in photograph 3).
  • There is a slight ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the main parts of the third floor from the rear lift and Recording Studio 1.
  • The ramp is shown in photograph 4. There is a similar ramp, except with no handrails and 119cm wide, to access Recording Studios 2 and 3. These are located to the right, at the bottom of the lift detailed above (photograph 5). There are small thresholds at the entrance to all recording studios (photograph 6). Photograph 7 shows Recording Studio 3.
  • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 8 shows the main entrance foyer, and photograph 9 shows the Information Points to the right of the foyer, which contain one computer terminal on a lowered desk.
    • Photograph 11 shows the Media and Communications teaching room on the first floor.
    • Photograph 12 shows the foyer area outside the theatre and dance studio on the second floor.

Counter (Media Loan Shop)

  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Media Loan Shop is located on the ground floor, just behind the doors at the rear of the foyer.
  • Clear signage for the counter is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 08:45 - 21:30.
    • Friday 08:45 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Other Floors (Staircase 1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located directly to the left as you enter the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • Staircase Two, at the rear of the building, by the rear lift, accesses the same floors, but has deep steps and handrails covering all floors (photograph 6). Staircase Three is similar to Two, but does not access the ground floor.
  • Comments View
    • The first 3 steps have no handrails, shown in photograph 2. The next 12 steps have a handrail on the left hand side going up only (photograph 3).

Lift (Main Lifts)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the far right hand corner of the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on the first floor.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 143cm x 158cm (4ft 8in x 5ft 2in).
  • 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 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 View
    • There are two lifts here. The lift on the right as you face them does not have an audible announcer.

Lift (Rear Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 55m (60yd 5in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 300cm (3ft 11in x 9ft 10in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Other Floors (Basement Staircase 6)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B and G.
    • The stairs are located in the very far right hand corner of the ground floor, beyond the rear lift and staircase 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • 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.

Lift (Basement Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located towards the rear of the ground floor, on the right hand side from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B and G.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 46m (50yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 99cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 113cm x 144cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 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 View
    • There are push pad operated automatic doors to access the lift lobbies on both levels (photograph 3).
    • There is a slight ramp leading to the lift on the basement level (photograph 4).

Lift (Second Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located directly to the left of the main lifts as you exit.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main lifts.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 148cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 10in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does 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 View
    • There is a short slight ramp in front of the live on the lower level (photograph 2).
    • This lift overcomes the steps leading to the Media and Performance Art Staff offices on the second floor.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, to the left through the doors at the rear of the foyer, by the female toilet.
    • There is a similar toilet on the first floor (photograph 2), and also on the second floor, except this has the transfer space on the right (photograph 3). The is a toilet on the basement level, which has the transfer space on the left, but no drop down or grab rail on the transfer side. It also does not have sufficient manoeuvring space in the cubicle (photograph 4).
    • There is level access to this 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 182cm x 208cm (5ft 12in x 6ft 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 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 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor, to the right through the doors at the rear of the foyer.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 17m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

Standard Changing Room

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on the second floor, to the rear of the theatre and dance studio.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main lifts.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The changing rooms contain showers with step free access and standard toilets.
    • The male changing rooms are located off the corridor to the rear of the theatre. The female changing rooms are to the rear of dance performance studio.