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John Bull Building

School of Medicine & Dentistry, Tamar Science Park, Research Way, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BU

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, Clinical Skills Area, research laboratories and offices.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Plymouth.
  • The nearest mainline station is Plymouth.
  • 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 type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 460cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 26m (28yd 1ft) 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to 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.
  • Comments
    • There is not a designated drop off point however, there is a turning circle outside the main entrance which could be used as a drop off point.

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 intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 94cm (3ft 1in) wide.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments
    • A swipe card is required to gain entry.
    • There are automatic revolving doors to the left of the main entrance.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Street Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building, leading out to Derriford Hospital.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 174cm (5ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments
    • This entrance gives access to street level.
    • This entrance can not be used after 20:00, on weekends or bank holidays.
    • There is a similar entrance at the far end.
    • The intercom is 124cm high.

Level Change (Street Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Reception (Faculty Office)

  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is high.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Lecture Theatre

  • The Lecture Theatre is located on Valley level, just off the reception area.
  • There is level access and designated spaces for wheelchair users at the back of the lecture theatre.
  • There is also level access to the front of the lecture theatre via the platform lift.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the ground floor to the side of the lecture theatre.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 142cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 8in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • The platform lift gives access to the front of the lecture theatre, overcoming 9 medium steps with handrails on both sides.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe JB's)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 07:00 - 15:30.
    • Tuesday 07:00 - 15:30.
    • Wednesday 07:00 - 15:30.
    • Thursday 07:00 - 15:30.
    • Friday 07:00 - 15:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Valley Level - Street Level - Upper Level.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • There are similar sets of stairs throughout the building.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the front of the building to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Valley Level - Street Level - Upper Level.
  • The lift is 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 109cm x 208cm (3ft 7in x 6ft 10in).
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • There is another lift on the far side of the building.

Accessible Shower

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located on upper level in the Clinical Skills area.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails, a shower chair, and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 54cm (1ft 9in).
  • Other facilities available are functional alarm.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 211cm (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 80cm (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.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 47cm (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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are similar accessible toilets in the same location on Street and Upper levels except the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is also an accessible toilet by the far lift on Street level.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing rooms are located to the left as you walk through the street level entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 1m (3ft 3in) from the street entrance.
  • Comments
    • There is level access to the showers in the changing room.
    • The female changing room is further along the corridor, 11m from the street entrance.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.