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Josephine Butler College

South Road, Durham, DH1 3DF

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include self catered student accommodation in 4 blocks - Kirknewton, Dilston, Milfield and Wooler, the Butler Bar and a laundry room, sports hall, the gym, a music room and meeting rooms in the Howlands Building.
  • Related link Ustinov College.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/en/access-guide/ustinov-college
  • Comments View
    • The Howlands Building is shared with Ustinov College, located next to this college.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Durham.
  • The nearest mainline station is Durham.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • The car park is outside Dilston and Milfield Blocks.
    • 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 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 24m (26yd 9in) from the Dilston Pavilion A entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the Milfield Pavilion A 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 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 View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are also designated bays available next to the Howlands Building.

Parking (Shared Car Park)

  • There is also a University car park down the hill from the colleges. It is shared between Ustinov and Josephine Butler Colleges.
  • Parking is free for all registered users between 09:00 and 18:00.
  • Registered users are residents and/or College staff with appropriate parking permits displayed (available via College) and College visitors (who can be issued with temporary permits from the College Reception).

Level Change (Access from the Shared Car Park and Park & Ride)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the colleges.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The path to the colleges crosses some quiet roads. There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving available at crossing areas.

Outside Access (Reception Building Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is 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 157cm (5ft 2in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Reception Building entrance.
  • 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.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The reception desk is located to the left as you enter the Reception Building.

Outside Access (Howlands Building 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 door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

Level Change (Howlands Building 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.

Outside Access (Dilston Pavilion A Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the pavilion.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an intercom at this entrance, 132 - 136 cm high.
    • There are similar entrances at Milfield and Wooler for the accessible rooms.

Level Change (Dilston Pavilion A Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is a moderate ramp in front of the Milfield Pavilion A entrance, shown in photograph 2.

Outside Access (Pavilion F and G Entrances)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the block.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an intercom outside this entrance, 137 - 147 cm high.
    • There are similar entrances to the lifts in Dilston, Millfield and Wooler blocks.
    • There are similar entrances to pavilions B - I in all blocks.

Level Change (Dilston Pavilion F and G 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.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located next to Pavilion A.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • 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
    • The steps lead from the access road and disabled bays to Pavilions B and I.
    • Milfield Pavilions A - I are access by a moderate ramp.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 4 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
    • The accessible facilities are located in Pavilion A of Dilston and Milfield Blocks, and Wooler Block.
    • There is level access from an accessible entrance.
    • The room number viewed was DA1.5.
    • The width of the door to the room is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the clear floor space are 250cm x 300cm (8ft 2in x 9ft 10in).
    • The bed is 50cm (1ft 8in) high.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 25cm (10in).
    • Light switches are within 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm in the room.
    • Other accessible facilities available in the accommodation are a height adjustable sink, hob and surfaces in the shared kitchens.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in accessible accommodation.
  • Accessible Bathroom View
    • The information relates to the ensuite.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 150cm x 240cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 10in).
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door to the bathroom is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • The measurement of lateral transfer space is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet pan the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • The mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
  • Wheel In Shower View
    • There is a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head height is adjustable.
    • The type of shower controls used are twist/turn.
    • The shower seat is flip down.
    • The shower seat height is 59cm (1ft 11in).
    • There are handrails available.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible rooms View
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between external ensuite / bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible bathroom View
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is good.
    • The colour contrast between the walls and floor in the bathroom is good.
    • The colour contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The colour contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include flashing alarms and vibrating pillows.
    • Flashing fire alarms are in rooms.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are in rooms.
    • The accommodation does provide other auxiliary aids for people with mobility impairments.
    • Available mobility auxiliary aids include ceiling tracking hoists are available.
    • Assistance dogs are not welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 2 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • Rooms are located in Pavilion A of all Blocks.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors can be accessed by lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • There are further accessible rooms and toilets including a room with a ceiling track hoist.
    • There are no dropdown or grab rails in the ensuite for the room with the ceiling track hoist.
    • Photographs 9 and 10 show the accessible room in Wooler Block.

Other Floors (Dilston Pavilion A)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • 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.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are further standard rooms.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical stairs in Pavilion A of the other two blocks.
    • All other pavilions have similar stairs, except they access floors G-3.

Lift (Dilston Pavilion F and G)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the entrance to Pavilion F and G.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Dilston Pavilions F and G entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 139cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 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 have an audible announcer.
  • 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 are identical lifts in Pavilions F and G in all blocks.
    • These lifts only access the rooms on the other floors of Pavilions F and G.

Eating and Drinking (Butler Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The nearest table is approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the Reception Building entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks, sandwiches and bar meals.
  • Comments View
    • The Butler Bar is a Coffee Shop during the day and a bar in the evening. It contains pool tables and bar games.
    • It also contains the college library, and is also used as a general social space.
    • The bar contains a raised area, accessed by 4 medium steps with handrails both sides.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Friday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Saturday 11:00 - 18:00..
    • Sunday 11:00 - 18:00..

Accessible Toilet (Reception Building)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 3m (3yd 10in) from the Reception Building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the Reception Building entrance.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 161cm x 251cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 3in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 71cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 and general domestic waste 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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Reception Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Reception Building 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 left as you enter, opposite reception.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Reception Building entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (Howlands Building)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Howlands Building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the Howlands Building entrance.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 193cm x 207cm (6ft 4in x 6ft 9in).
    • 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 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 general domestic waste 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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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 fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Howlands Building)

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.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.