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Hive and Student Hub

LSEC Orpington Campus, The Walnuts, High Street, Orpington, BR6 0TE

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Hive student common room is located on level 1 of the communal block.
    • Access is from the ground floor of Tower Block.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:15 - 16:30.
  • Tuesday 08:15 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 08:15 - 17:30.
  • Thursday 08:15 - 17:30.
  • Friday 08:15 - 16:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Orpington.
  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Orpington.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Staff, Visitors and Blue Badge Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located off Lych Gate Road, to the rear 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 is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 600cm (12ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 45m (49yd 8in) from the Tower Block entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the Tower Block 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 between the car park and 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.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is a barrier with intercom at the entrance to the car park for access to the car park.
    • From the car park there are steep slopes on the approach to the buildings.
    • There are 4 on-street Blue Badge parking bays and standard pay and display bays on Lych Gate Road.
    • There are additional car parks in the Walnuts shopping centre and the adjacent supermarket.

Level Change (Approach from Car Park)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located from the car park access road down towards the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Level Change (Approach from The Walnuts Shopping Area)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located from the public square towards the central college courtyard.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are long slopes on the route from the pedestrianised shopping area.
    • Some of the paths also have moderate crossfalls.
    • There is also a path with a long slope down from Lych Gate Road, where there is on-street Blue Badge parking (picture 5).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the corner of the courtyard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • After the main entrance there are security barriers.
    • The wide gate is 100cm.
    • It opens automatically towards you.
    • The standard turnstiles are 60cm.

Level Change (Main 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 moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Level Change (Access to The Hive)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left after the Tower Block security barriers.
  • There is/are 10 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • 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.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are a further 7 steps up from the main Hive seating area to the Student Hub.

Lift (Access to The Hive)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the stairs to The Hive.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Tower Block entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 112cm x 145cm (3ft 8in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • The lift has heavy manual doors.
    • The separate entry/exit doors operate on The Hive level.
    • Level 2 is the Student Hub.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the café and common room.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Scooters are not permitted in the lift.
    • There are table tennis, table football and pool tables.
    • There is a television in the common room off the café area.

Eating and Drinking (Café)

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • 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 drinks, light meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Sofas are also available in addition to dining furniture.
    • There are vending machines for hot and cold drinks and confectionery.
    • The controls of the hot drinks machine are 135cm above the floor.
    • Other machines have the controls within 120cm.

Entrance (Student Hub)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 2 of the Hive.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 19:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access (Student Hub)

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the room.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The Student Hub is the contact point for all student enquiries on subjects such as finance and welfare.

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 30m (32yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1, to the right of the café counter.
    • 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 230cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 7in).
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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.
    • 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 open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • 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 cannot 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • 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.