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Faraday Building

Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Division of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre, Physics Department, lecture theatres PC labs.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the North Campus.
  • The nearest mainline station is Lancaster.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the side 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 4m x 5.6m (13ft 1in x 18ft 4in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 29m (32yd) from the side entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 33m (36yd) from the side 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 not have tactile paving.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • The standard bays here are pay and display visitor's bays, which are also free to Blue Badge holders.
  • For more information on parking available on campus, please see the University Car Parking Policy.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite the County South Residences.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in).

Level Change (Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (North Spine Lower Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off the North Spine, opposite Bowland College.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 187cm (6ft 2in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to Faraday Seminar Rooms 1 and 2 and the standard toilets.
    • There is a similar entrance opposite the Conference Centre, which gives access to the North Spine Seminar Rooms 1 and 2.

Level Change (North Spine Lower Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located beyond the entrance, leading to the main part of the building.
  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Outside Access (North Spine Upper Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located just off the North Spine, by Bowland College.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 167cm (5ft 6in).

Level Change (North Spine Upper Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance from the North Spine.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • Hearing loops are fitted in the Faraday, Cavendish and Frankland Lecture Theatres, the Cavendish and Frankland Colloquium Rooms, Faradary Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, and North Spine Seminar Rooms 1 and 2.
    • Photograph 1 shows the designated seating area for wheelchair users at the rear of the Faraday Lecture Theatres.
    • Photograph 2 shows the designated area at the rear of the Frankland Lecture Theatre.
    • The Cavendish Lecture Theatre has a similar area.

Other Floors (Faraday Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Level A-B-C.
    • There are 15+ steps between 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Faraday Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor leading from the side entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Levels A-B-C.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the side entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 175cm (5ft 9in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 230cm x 220cm (7ft 7in x 7ft 3in).
  • 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 a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not 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 low.
  • Comments View
    • This is a goods lift, with 2 sets of manual doors at the entrance, which can be used by students and staff to access levels B and C.

Other Floors (Physics Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Level A-B-C-D.
    • The stairs are located in the main corridor to the right, in the Physics Department.
    • The stairs are approximately 33m from the North Spine upper entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Physics Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the main corridor to the right, in the Physics Department.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Levels A-B-C-D.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 33m (36yd 3in) from the North Spine upper entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 196cm x 212cm (6ft 5in x 6ft 11in).
  • 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 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 within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Faraday and Frankland Lecture Theatres)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the lecture theatres.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The lift is approximately 29m (31yd 2ft) from the side 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 92cm x 130cm (3ft x 4ft 3in).
  • 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
    • This lift is used for teaching staff to access the front of the Faraday and Frankland Lecture Theatres only.

Level Change (Cavendish and Frankland Colloquium Rooms)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left of the North Spire upper entrance.
  • There is/are 12 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • These steps lead up from the North Spine upper entrance to the Cavendish and Frankland Colloquium Rooms.

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 15m (16yd 1ft) from the side entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located along the corridor leading from the side entrance.
    • There is also an accessible toilet on level A, on the other side of the Lecture Theatres. This has the transfer space on the right and an alarm fitted.
    • 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 150cm x 218cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 2in).
    • 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 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • 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.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are 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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 good.
    • 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.