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Engineering Building

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

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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.
  • Comments View
    • The opening times are for the general office.
    • Lectures can run between 08.00 and 18.00..

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is VIP Parking.
    • The car park is located outside the Fielding Johnson Building South Wing.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Visitor Parking)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off University Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Danielle Brown Sports Centre, David Wilson Library.
    • 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 not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the entrance road.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the entrance road.
  • Comments View
    • This car park is accessed via Entrance 1.
    • There is a barrier to access the campus at Entrance 1 (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • Visitors wishing to access the campus at this entrance need to press a button on the barrier to talk to security.
    • UCard holders can access the campus at this entrance by card reader.
    • This button to the intercom and the card reader can be reached from a vehicle.
    • This car park requires a permit.
    • 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 7 and 8).
    • Visitors wishing to access the car park need to press a button on the barrier to gain access.
    • This button to the intercom can be reached from a vehicle.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • There is step free access at this entrance.
  • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
  • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • Entrance View
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • On the left as you face the entrance there is a revolving door.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the hydraulics laboratory mezzanine.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the thermodynamics laboratory mezzanine.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • 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 flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
    • There is poor 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop can be obtained from the Engineering General office on the ground floor of College House.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • Staff are not trained to use the system.

Lecture Theatre(s) (Lecture Theatre 2)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre.
  • The designated spaces for wheelchairs users are located at the front.
  • There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is not step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre.
  • There is a raised platform where the speaker stands.
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre.
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the lecture theatre(s) ranges between 72cm and 72cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) 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 100cm x 105cm (3ft 3in x 3ft 5in).
  • 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 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 not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • They are at a height of 150cm.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • A key is required to access floors 1 and 2, which is where the lecture theatres are located.
    • The key is obtained from the general office.
    • The general office is located on floor 5.
    • There is an additional lift which gives access to the labs in South Block.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left of the foyer, as you enter the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the Engineering General office on the ground floor of College House.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 225cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 5in).
    • 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 145cm (4ft 9in).
    • 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 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 View
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the left as you enter the building.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the left as you enter the building.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard unisex toilets for staff only on floors 3 to 10.
    • The student toilets are all on the ground floor.