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Hugh Aston Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Faculty of Business and Law - Accounting & Finance, Corporate Development, Dean of Faculty, Faculty Disability Co-ordinator, Human Resource Management, Law and Law Library, Marketing, Postgraduate and Professional Suite, Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, Secretaries - Business School and Law School, Public Policy, Strategy and Management, Classrooms, IT Suite, Law Court, lecture theatres and Student Advice Centre, and the Oasis Cafe.
  • Related link Main Car Park.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/en/access-guide/main-car-park-1

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 venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • The nearest mainline station is Leicester.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the side of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 6 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 540cm (12ft 6in x 17ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 108m (118yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 120m (131yd 8in) from the main 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.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • The rear entrance to the Hugh Aston Building (Law Library entrance) is nearer to the Blue Badge parking spaces than the main entrance.
    • The nearest and furthest Blue Badge bays from the Hugh Aston Law Libary entrance are 20m and 30m.
    • Parking is free for DMU Disabled/Temporary Disabled Parking Permit holders and pre-booked visitors.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot be booked in advance unless by an external visitor.

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) automatically.
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in).

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 easy.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing loops are located in each class room and the lecture theatre.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments
    • There are automatic push pad doors in the corridors.

Level Change (Main Foyer)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on the right as you enter.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • 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).

Lift (Main Foyer)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 88cm x 135cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 5in).
  • The clear door width is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of 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.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main foyer lift.
  • 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 a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Opening Times
    • 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.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located to one side of the main entrance foyer.
    • 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 are similar staircases throughout the building.

Lift (Main Lifts 2 and 3)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to reception.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main foyer lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 126cm x 148cm (4ft 2in x 4ft 10in).
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 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.

Lift (Lift 5)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the main corridor ahead as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 180cm (3ft 3in x 5ft 11in).
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 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
    • This lift does not access the first or sixth floors.
    • Any of the other lifts can be used to access the second and third floors at this end of the building.
    • To access the fourth and fifth floors at this end of the building, this lift must be used.

Lecture Theatre (HU0.10)

  • 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.
  • Companions sit directly next to you.
  • It is 48m (52yd) from the designated seating area to the nearest accessible toilet.

Outside Access (Hugh Aston Law Library Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Hugh Aston Building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 107cm (3ft 6in).

Level Change (Hugh Aston Law Library 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 easy.

Reception (Law Library)

  • The desk/counter is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main lift 4.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments
    • The Law Library reception is on the first floor of the Hugh Aston Building.

Lift (Lift 1)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Hugh Aston Law Library entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 125cm x 145cm (4ft 1in x 4ft 9in).
  • The clear door width is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 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 low.
  • Comments
    • Main lifts 1, 2 and 3 can be used to access the Law Library although the distance is considerably further.
    • This lift is 75m from the main entrance.
    • This lift must be used when acccessing the fifth and sixth floors at this end of the building.
    • If accessing any floors between G, 1, 2, 3 and 4, the main lifts 1 and 2 can be used.

Library (Law Library)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifying bars and glasses and a reading pen.
  • Comments
    • An ordering service is available via the Kimberlin Library.
    • All auxillary aids can be obtained from the Kimberlin Library.
    • All library staff have received Disability Awareness Training.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:45 - 22:00.
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 22:00.
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 22:00.
    • Thursday 08:45 - 22:00.
    • Friday 08:45 - 22:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
    • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00.

Other Floors (Law Library)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1 and 2.
    • 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.
  • Comments
    • The Law Library covers part of the first and second floors of the Hugh Aston Building.
    • The only way into the Law Library is via the first floor of the Hugh Aston Building.
    • Once inside the library, there are a set of stairs and a platform lift to access the second floor of the library.

Lift (Law Library)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite the library reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the lift 4.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 not 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 bright.

Outside Access (Newarke Cafe Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 220cm (7ft 3in).
  • Comments
    • There is a slope to access this entrance.
    • The slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The slope is easy.

Outside Access (Newarke Cafe Internal Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the end of the corridor, behind the Law Library reception.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 102cm (3ft 4in).

Eating and Drinking (Newarke 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.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Newarke Cafe entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • 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.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:00 - 19:30.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 19:30.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 19:30.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 19:30.
    • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Changing Places

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located ahead as you enter.
    • The facility is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 175cm x 445cm (5ft 9in x 14ft 7in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 185cm (6ft 1in).
    • The facility hoist is mobile.
    • The facility toilet is corner.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • 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 a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
  • Comments
    • There is a door separating the bench and toilets, restricting the maneuvering space.
    • There are a set of taps available next to the bench.
    • The key is only needed for the changing bench and hoist.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the lifts 1 and 2.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor.
    • There are additional accessible toilets located on all other floors.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 210cm (4ft 10in 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • 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 not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 49cm (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 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • 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.
  • Comments
    • There is a height adjustable sink in the ground floor accessible toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located ahead as you enter.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located ahead as you enter.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard toilets located on all other floors.
    • There are ambulant cubicles located within the standard toilets.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Comments
    • Disability awareness training is available for staff.