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Hawthorn Building

De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE2 7DR

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Health & Life Sciences - Community & Criminal Justice, computer labs, Promotion & Recruitment Centre, multiple research labs, Emerging Technologies Research Centre, classrooms, lecture rooms/theatres, Audiology, Dean and Executive Office, Health Studies, Postgraduate and CPD office, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Student Advice Centre, Undergraduate Office, UKHTB/HTRC Research Areas, Clinical Skills Centre, Midwifery, NMR, Pharmacy and Microbiology.

Opening Times

  • Opening times do vary depending on timetabling.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Leicester.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Leicester.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on The Gateway, to the left of the main entrance.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is Blue Badge parking available outside of the Pace Building to the rear of this venue.
    • These Blue Badge bays are not within 50m of this venue.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance - Lower Ground Floor)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on The Gateway.
  • 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 139cm (4ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Level Change (Accessible Entrance - Lower Ground Floor)

  • 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.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance - Ground Floor)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 204cm (6ft 8in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 175cm (5ft 9in).

Level Change (Rear Entrance - Ground Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the steps.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance and between the first and second set of doors.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Heritage Centre)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building off The Mew Avenue.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 139cm (4ft 7in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

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.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • All of the internal doors in the lower ground floor main corridor are automatic via push pad.
    • Lecture Theatre 00.35 on the lower ground floor has designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front.

Reception (Hawthorn Help Zone)

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Eating and Drinking (Breakout Space)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the self-service area.
    • The self-service area is located ground floor just beyond the Hawthorn Help Zone reception.
    • There is step-free access to the self-service area.
  • Service and Menus View
    • There is a self service counter.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are not available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Self-Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 89cm.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 72cm.
    • There are also coffee tables, sofas and bench seats.
    • The surface height of the lowest table is 76cm.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is carpet, vinyl and laminate.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Other Floors (Right Hand Corridor Stairway)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located off the centre of the right hand corridor.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are other similar stairways throughout the building.

Other Floors (Rear Entrance Stairway)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located directly beyond the rear entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are rooms 2m-1, 2m-2 and 1m.02.

Other Floors (Psychology Department)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG and M.
    • The stairs are located on the psychology side of the lower ground floor breakout space.
    • There are 14 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are Psychology classrooms.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the rear left corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 155cm x 158cm (5ft 1in x 5ft 2in).
  • 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 enhancement system.
  • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a seat in the lift.
    • The height of the seat is 44cm.

Lift (Heritage Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located near the Heritage Lift entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the Heritage Lift 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 130cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 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 have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • 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 medium.

Lecture Theatre - 0.46

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the front of the theatre.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • It is 36m (39yds) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.
  • Lecture Theatre H0.45 also has a designated seating area at the front.

Lecture Theatre - 0.45

  • The doors leading into this lecture theatre are not automatic push pad operated.
  • There is level access.
  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • There is not a designated seating to this lecture theatre.
  • It is 36m (39yds) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.

Lecture Theatre(s) (00.36)

  • 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(s).
  • 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 step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 98cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s) available on request.
  • 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 68cm and 72cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.

Heritage Centre

  • Comments View
    • The entrance door to the heritage centre is 170cm in width, there is another entrance to the central building breakout space.
    • There is bench seating available and level access throughout the heritage centre.
    • The heritage centre is based around the old 1300s church foundation centre.
    • There is a VR headset tour of the original church available from the reception.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday Closed.
    • Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located to the right as you enter the accessible entrance.
    • The facility is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 430cm x 311cm (14ft 1in x 10ft 2in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 190cm (6ft 3in).
    • The facility hoist is mobile.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • Drop down rails are provided for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is adjustable.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has not got a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
    • Accessible shower facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • Max 170g for bench
    • Room number 0.038i.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter the building.
    • There are additional accessible toilets located on the ground, first, second and third floors. There is also an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor, along the corridor to the right of the accessible entrance, by the standard male toilets. This accessible toilet has the transfer space on the right.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 192cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 4in).
    • 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 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 124cm 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 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 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 can 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Ambulant cubicles are available in the standard toilets.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Staff do not receive Deaf Awareness training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.