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Goldsmiths Student Union

Goldsmiths, University of London, Dixon Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include
    • Study Area
    • Student Union Café
    • Student Union Bar
    • Student Union Office
    .

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Goldsmiths is located in New Cross, South East London on Lewisham Road, five miles from central London.

      From Central London take the A2 towards Dover via the Old Kent Road.
      At the end of Old Kent Road (on the New Cross Gate one-way system) turn into New Cross Road.
      Keep in the right hand lane and shortly after Sainsbury's take the A20 fork to Lewisham.
      Turn right at the traffic lights into Lewisham Way – Goldsmiths is on the left.

      From Kent, Surrey, Sussex, or north if using Blackwall Tunnel or Dartford River Crossing (southbound).
      Follow the A2 or A20 towards London (using M25 or South Circular road to join the nearest of these).
      On the A20, after passing through Lewisham, the Richard Hoggart Building is clearly visible on the left after about one mile.
      On the A2, follow the left turn after New Cross Station into Amersham Road, turn right at the traffic lights into Lewisham Way – Goldsmiths is on the left downhill.
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    • There is no public parking on the Goldsmiths campus.
      Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
      There are 2 on-street Blue Badge bays on Dixon Road, to the right of the Richard Hoggart Building, approximately 40m from the main entrance gate.
      Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.
  • By Bus View
    • The following buses stop outside Goldsmiths: 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436 and 453.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest over ground station is New Cross Rail Station and is approximately 5 minutes away.
      New Cross Gate rail station is also within travelling distance of Goldsmiths.
  • By Underground View
    • There is not an underground station within travelling distance of Goldsmiths.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, students and visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the Margaret McMillan Building.
    • 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 1 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 206cm x 445cm (6ft 9in x 14ft 7in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Margaret McMillan building main entrance.
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 400cm (6ft 7in x 13ft 1in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Dixon Road.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Comments View
    • Access from this car park leads onto a slight ramp leading along the side of the Margaret McMillan building and up to the main entrance of the building.
    • Please see the Margaret McMillan building outside access for further details about the ramp.
    • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus.
    • There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
    • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

Opening Times (Building)

  • Monday 09:00 - 00:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 00:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 00:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 00:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 00:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 14:00.

Outside Access

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is 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 push pad activated when entering.
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception

  • Student Union Reception is located to the right on entering the building.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • 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 fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a seated waiting area in the reception with seating at 42cm high with no armrests.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the lower study area on the ground floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The steps are shown in photographs 3 and 4. The lower study area is shown in photographs 5 and 6.
    • There is a steep ramp, with no handrails, for access to the Student Union Office.
    • The width of the ramp is 117cm (3ft 10in).
    • The ramp is shown in photograph 7.
    • There is/are 4 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the counter and lower seating area in the Student Union Café.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a steep ramp, with handrails on both sides, for access to the counter and lower seating area in the Student Union Café.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp is shown in photographs 8 and 9. The steps are shown in photographs 10 and 11.
    • 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 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 play background music.
    • Music is played in the Student Union Bar.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing loop is located in the Student Union Reception.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Lift (Foyer)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead of the main entrance to the lower study area.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 86cm x 106cm (2ft 10in x 3ft 6in).
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right on entering the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 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 108cm x 138cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located to the left on entering the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the main entrance.
    • 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.
    • There is a further set of stairs to the right of the reception accessed through the lift lobby (as shown in photos 4, 5 and 6). These stairs are medium, clearly marked with handrails on both sides. The first 6 steps have a handrail on the right hand side only. These stairs have manual, single, heavy doors to access the stairwell on all floors.

Eating and Drinking (Student Union Cafe)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 1m (3ft 3in) from the entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 38cm (1ft 3in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 109cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 75cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are not 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 Hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 microwaves available for students to use with the lowest at 100cm high (as shown in photograph 4).
    • There is also a self service coffee machine available in the café (as shown in photograph 6).
  • 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.

Eating and Drinking (Student Union Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 2m (2yd 7in) from the entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 75cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments View
    • The Stretch Bar is located on the second floor, and also has a partition wall that can open to join the stage area (as shown in photograph 2).
    • The bar is at a height of 108cm.
    • The majority of the seating is benches and chairs at a height of 45cm with no armrests (as shown in photograph 5).
    • There is stall seating at a height of 76cm with no armrests (as shown in photograph 7).
    • There are sofas at a height of 38cm with no armrests and coffee tables at a height of 38cm (as shown in photograph 8).
    • The Student Union Bar seating area is accessed by a slight ramp with no handrails leading from the entrance (as shown in photograph 9).
    • There is a balcony either side of the Student Union Bar which are accessed by a deep step (as shown in photographs 10 and 12).
    • There are also TV's and 2 pool tables in the Student Union bar.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Access from 2nd floor to Richard Hoggard Building Student Union Office

  • From the Student Union lift on level 2 turn right and enter the studio/stage area through the single door with a locked leaf extension which is heavy and opens towards you with a width of 87m (as shown in photograph 1).
  • Continue straight ahead out of the studio through the single door with locked leaf extension which is heavy and pushes away from you with a width of 87cm (as shown in photograph 2).
  • At the top of the stairs turn left and continue along the corridor first through a single door with locked leaf extension which is heavy and opens toward you with a width of 87cm and then through open double doors (as shown in photographs 3 and 4).
  • Turn right down a moderate slope and the Student Union Office entrance is in front of you (as shown in photographs 5 and 6).
  • There is also an accessible toilet located at the end of the corridor near the Student Union Office in the Richard Hoggard Building.

Reception (Student Union Office)

  • Student Union Office is located to the left on entering the service.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Student Union Office 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a seated waiting area with seats at 45cm and armrests.
    • There are also 2 advice booths within the Student Union Office used for meetings with students.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right of the reception in the lift lobby.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 212cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (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 a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 137cm 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • 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 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 115cm.
  • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby changing table at 77cm high when extended located in this toilet.

Accessible Toilet (2nd Floor - Near Student Union Office)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the 2nd floor at the end of the corridor leading to the Student Union Office.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 213cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 12in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not 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 the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 not a soap dispenser.
  • 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 medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the right of the Student Union Reception.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is stepped access to the standard toilet surveyed.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 8m 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.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left of the standard toilets.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The shared toilets on the second floor are shown in photographs 3, 4 and 5.
    • The shared toilets on the second floor include an ambulant toilet with horizontal grab rails on both sides and a vertical grab rail on the left (as shown in photograph 4).