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Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Computing and Communications labs and workshops, the Knowledge Business Centre, the Communications Centre, meeting rooms and Cafe 21.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the North Campus.
  • The nearest mainline station is Lancaster.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Visitor Car Park F)

  • 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 in front of the building, on South Drive.
    • 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 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 480cm (12ft 6in x 15ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 21m (22yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) 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 a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located on South Drive, opposite the building.
    • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
    • There is not tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 Blue Badge bays on either side of South Drive.
    • For more information on parking available on campus, please see the University Car Parking Policy.

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 (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 179cm (5ft 10in).
  • 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 145cm (4ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level B of the building.

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.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Level A Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located under the main 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 165cm (5ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • This door is accessed by swipe card.
    • The height of the swipe card sensor is 114cm.

Level Change (Level A Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the building.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is 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).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is also an easy ramp in front of the entrance (photographs 5 and 6).

Outside Access (Knowledge Business Centre Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the right side of the building.
  • 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • This gives direct access to the Knowledge Business Centre side of the building on level B.
    • This entrance is operated by a swipe card.
    • The height of the swipe card sensor is 111cm.

Level Change (Knowledge Business Centre Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main 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 has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are 4 sofas in the foyer surrounding the reception area.
    • The sofas seat 2 people.
    • The sofas have armrests.
    • There are 7 chairs in the foyer surrounding the reception area.
    • The chairs have armrests.
    • There are 3 tables.
    • The tables are 43cm high.

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.
  • Customers can charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Other Floors (Main Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Levels A-B-C-D.
    • The stairs are located in the main corridor of the School of Computing and Communications, to the rear left as you enter the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 17m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all 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 sets of stairs throughout the building.

Other Floors (Main Foyer on Level B)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-C-D.
    • The stairs are located in the main reception foyer.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the main corridor of the School of Computing and Communications, to the left as you enter the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Levels A-B-C-D.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 208cm (3ft 7in x 6ft 10in).
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical lift in the Knowledge Business Centre on the far side of the main atrium, which only accesses levels B-D.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe 21)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • 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, hot and cold snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Cafe 21 is located on level D.
  • 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 (Access to the Cafe Balcony)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the balcony from Cafe 21.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located at the far end of level A.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The standard showers are located at the far end of the School of Computing area on levels B and C.
    • They are accessed by a medium step.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • 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 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located through the door to the left of the reception desk in the school of computing and Communications area on level B.
    • There are identical accessible toilets in the same location on all other floors. There are also accessible toilets by the lift in the Knowledge Business Centre on levels B-D, with the transfer space on the right.
    • 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 145cm x 220cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 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 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, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 not 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change facility in the accessible toilet cubicle.
    • The height of the baby change when extended is 86cm.

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 and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located through the door to the left of the reception desk in the school of computing and Communications area on level B.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.