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Main Building - Twelve Quays Campus

Wirral Metropolitan College, Morpeth Dock, Shore Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1AG

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • Twelve Quays campus houses the Construction, Engineering and Art departments.
    • Twelve Quays has 3 blocks: A, B and C.
    • Blocks B and C are accessed through the main building (A block).
    • A Block has a ground floor and 2 further floors, B Block has a ground floor and 1 further floor and C Block has a ground floor only.

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • Monday 08:30 - 21:00..
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 21:00..
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Thursday 08:30 - 21:00..
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Opening Times (Vacations)

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:00..
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Birkenhead.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Hamilton Square.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • This venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders – please inform reception of your arrival if you are a visitor.
  • The car park is at the front 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 are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 3.6m x 4.8m (11ft 9in x 15ft 8in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 15m (16yd) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 21m (23yd) from the main entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • There is a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Additional car parking is available at the side of the main building.
  • There are no designated bays in the side car park, only standard bays.

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 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

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

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.

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.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments
    • The doors to B block on the ground floor are held open with magnetic retainers for easier access.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right, past the refectory.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 135cm (4ft 3in x 4ft 5in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 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.
  • Comments
    • There is a bank of 2 lifts and the details are the same for both.
    • The lift also allows access to the 1st floor of B Block.

Other Floors (Front Staircase)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • There are also central and rear staircases and the details are the same for all stairs.

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 36m (39yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left past the refectory.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception staff.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 150cm (6ft 11in x 4ft 11in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • 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 not a mirror.
    • 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 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 are additional accessible toilets located throughout the building and the details are the similar, but transfer space may vary in size and sides.

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 on the left past the refectory.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 38m (41yd 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 on the left past the refectory.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 46m (50yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.

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 normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level (unknown at time of research).
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments
    • The first photograph shows the entrance into B Block from the ground floor corridor.
    • The second photograph shows the entrance into C Block from the ground floor corridor.
    • Both entrances are at the far end of the ground floor corridor in A Block and have double doors which open away from you, are heavy and are 154cm in width.
    • There is a similar entrance to the first floor of B Block as you exit the lifts.