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Fferm Penglais

Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3FH

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Aberystwyth University lies in the centre of the west coast of Wales on the A487 and at the end of the A44. The University campus is located at the north end of Aberystwyth off the Penglais Road (A487).
    • There are multiple campus car parks for staff, students and permit holders. There is a visitor car park at the rear of the campus near the Arts Centre, this is a pay and display car park but is free for Blue Badge holders. There are Blue Badge bays around the campus for multiple buildings.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is the National Library stop. This bus stop is approximately 160m from the main reception. This bus stop is served by the 302, 512, TrawsCymru T2, X28 and YP8 routes. There is an additional bus stop approximately 100m from the reception building which is served by the National Express service.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is the Aberystwyth Station which is approximately 1.4km from the University on foot. The train station is linked to the university campus by the 302, TrawsCymru T2 and X28 bus routes. This train station is served by the Arriva Trains Wales and Vale of Rheidol Railway.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking (Block 1)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by anybody.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of Block 1.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 4 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 370cm x 600cm (12ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 11m (12yd 1in) from the Block 1 entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Fferm Penglais Staff and Permit Holder Car Park.
    • The car park is located on the opposite side of the road.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located next to the Accommodation Office / Y Sgubor.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

Building Parking (Block 12)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located off the road to the left of Block 12.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 470cm (12ft 2in x 15ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the Block 12.
    • 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 not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Student Permit Holders)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located along the road going around Fferm Penglais.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Fferm Penglais, Fferm Penglais Studios.
    • 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 student 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are Blue Badge bays located near blocks 12 and 13 these are covered in building parking for Fferm Penglais and Fferm Penglais Studios.

Outside Access (Block 1)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of Block 1 off the car park.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not 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).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There are not 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, tactile and braille directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located to the rear of the block.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
    • There are similar staircases within each of the other blocks.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 2 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • This information refers to 1A-5.
    • The accessible facilities are located in flat 1.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was 1A-5.
    • The width of the door to the room is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 226cm x 465cm (7ft 5in x 15ft 3in).
    • The bed is 58cm (1ft 11in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 13cm (5in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the bedroom are Automatic doors into the flat and room, height adjustable desk, bed side rails and accessible wardrobe.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the accommodation are Automatic door into the kitchen, height adjustable sink, surface, plug sockets, hobs, oven at an accessible height and an alarm pull cord.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 207cm x 228cm (6ft 9in x 7ft 6in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the bathroom.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
  • Bath and Shower View
    • There is not a bath.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are lever.
    • The shower seat is flip-down.
    • The shower seat height is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There are handrails available for the shower.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is good.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Other auxiliary aids available are deaf alert system.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
  • Comments View
    • Flat 1A-4 is similar though it's accessible toilet has it's transfer space on the left. This can be seen in photograph 6.
    • There are two similar accessible rooms in block twelve. These have manual doors to access the flats and the rooms.

Outside Access (Laundrette 2)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the laundrette.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There are washing machines in the laundrette at a lowered height.
    • There are card issue and top up machines available in the laundrette with heights from 100cm - 128cm. This can be seen in photograph 4.
    • There is seating available in the laundrette as shown in photographs 5 and 6.

Outside Access (Y Ffald)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).

Y Ffald Facilities

  • Within Y Ffald there is a large common room, a small kitchen, toilet facilities and a meeting room which can be seen in photograph 1.
  • In the main common room there are tables with a height of 45cm to 68cm and there are a variety of chairs some with armrests.
  • A small reading library is available with a wide variety of books.
  • The floor in the common room area is shiny and may appear slippery.
  • The common room can be seen in photographs 2-5.
  • There is also a small decked wooden seating area to the rear of the building, which can be seen in photograph 6.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Y Ffald entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the common room.
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 125cm x 190cm (4ft 1in x 6ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is sensor.
    • 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 female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 145cm from the floor.
  • 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 92cm.
  • 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 good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A shared standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located off the common room.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 14m from the Y Ffald entrance.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the right.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.