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Firth Court - Firth Hall

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • This building is linked to the West Block on floors C and D, and the Addison Building on floor D.
    • There is a step free access route on floor D through this building, and all the Firth Court blocks, from the Perak Laboratories to the Addison Building and into the Alfred Denny Building from there.
    • An authorised UCard is required to access some areas of this route.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Sheffield.
  • The nearest mainline station is Sheffield.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Parking here is for authorised vehicles only.
    • Please contact the university in advance if parking here is required.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 12 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The first seven steps have handrails both sides.
    • The next five steps have a handrail on the right hand side going up only.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on the left hand side.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance requires an authorised UCard to access.
    • Visitors should use the intercom to ask the Porter's Lodge to open the door.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left of the entrance as you face it.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 128cm (4ft 2in).

Reception (Porter's Lodge)

  • The desk/counter is 31m (33yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The Porter's Lodge is located just inside the main entrance.

Reception (The Departments of Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Office)

  • The desk/counter is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The office is located on the far side of the main entrance foyer.
  • Opening Times View
    • 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.

Outside Access (Firth Court Quadrangle Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building, past the Edwardian Block accessible entrance.
  • 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 permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 217cm (7ft 1in).

Level Change (Firth Court Quadrangle Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up the side of the Edwardian Block.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • Parts of the ramp have a handrail on the right hand side going up.

Outside Access (Quadrangle Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the far side of the Quadrangle.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Quadrangle 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 just inside the entrance.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not 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 the right going up.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (Quadrangle Entrance Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located directly to the left as you enter.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Quadrangle entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 85cm (3ft 3in x 2ft 9in).
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Inside Access

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

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-C-D.
    • There are 15+ steps between 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.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the Biomolecular NMR Facility on floor B.
  • Comments View
    • The stairs between B - C are not clearly marked and only have a handrail on the right hand side going up.
    • There are also stairs on the left hand side of the building from the main entrance.
    • These also access floors D-G of the West Block, and have a handrail on the left hand side going up only.

Refuge Points

  • There is a refuge intercom located next to the lift/stairwell landings within the building.
  • The intercom system has tactile and Braille markings.
  • The height of the button on the intercoms ranges from 98cm to 102cm.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left hand side of the building, by the link to the West Block.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are C-D.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 147cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 10in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not 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 within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are double and single heavy manual doors to enter the lift lobby area on floor C.
    • There are single heavy manual doors to exit the lift lobby area on floor D.

Eating and Drinking (Krebs Café)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 36cm (1ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 36cm.
  • 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 sandwiches, and hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The cafe is located on floor C, off the main entrance foyer.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Level Change (Firth Hall Stage)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located either side of the stage.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are adjustable.
  • 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).
  • Comments View
    • The two sets of steps have handrails on opposite sides.
    • There is also an additional set of 4 steps at the rear of the stage, as shown in photograph 3.

Accessible Toilet

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the floor C corridor leading to the main entrance foyer.
    • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 230cm (4ft 10in x 7ft 7in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (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.
    • 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 coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • 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 floor B, next to the accessible toilet.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the accessible 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 floor B corridor leading to the main entrance foyer.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are 13m (14yd 8in) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.

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.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.