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Main Teaching Tower Building

Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, Glasgow, G5 9XB

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Introduction

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • Monday 07:30 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 21:00.
  • Friday 07:30 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Opening Times (Non-Term Times)

  • Opening times do vary depending on timetabling and Opening times for the venue vary according to bookings/events taking place.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in the Riverside Campus in Glasgow.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Argyle Street.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Bridge Street SPT Subway.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Riverside Campus.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the Main Teaching Tower Building.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located below the link bridge by the side entrance of the Main Teaching Tower Building.
  • Comments
    • Parking is also available in the Glasgow Central Mosque car park in Mosque Avenue off Ballater Road.
    • It is open to the public Saturday to Thursday and has a fixed price of £3 for the day (Nov 2017).

Site/Campus Car Park (Riverside Campus)

  • Car Park
    • The car park is located at the rear of the campus on Thistle Street off Ballater Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Main Teaching Tower Building and Engineering Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 452cm x 550cm (14ft 10in x 18ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is a designated drop off point in this car park.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
  • Car Park Access
    • There is level access to the car park from the campus buildings.
    • The nearest designated bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the side entrance of the Main Teaching Tower Building.
  • Comments
    • An intercom security barrier is in operation at the campus entrance.
    • Within the car park there are 4 electric car charging points.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, by the river.
  • There is not 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 width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Comments
    • There are heavy 115cm wide manual revolving doors to the left of the accessible entrance.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • 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.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building, below the link bridge.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Comments
    • There are heavy 105cm wide revolving doors to the left.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) 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.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • The touch screen is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • Comments
    • The touch screen pod is located to the right of the reception desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • 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
    • There is Braille and tactile signage throughout the building.
    • There are additional fixed hearing loops in some rooms.
    • There are some touch screen help points throughout the building which are within 100cm to the top of the screen.

First Aid Room

  • The first aid room is located to the rear of the building, near the rear entrance.
  • The swipe entry system requires staff authorisation.
  • There is a wheelchair available to borrow here.
  • There is a 180cm bench available.
  • There is an accessible toilet similar to those throughout the building available.
  • There are baby change facilities within the first aid room accessible toilet.
  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm.
  • There is level access to the facilities.

Quiet Reflection Room

  • The room is located at the rear of the building, adjacent to the rear entrance.
  • There is clear manouvering space for a wheelchair user.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Exam Hall - Seventh Floor

  • The exam hall is located to the right from the lift on the seventh floor.
  • The hall can be split using a partition wall and is available for a range of functions and for hire.
  • No tables and chairs are fixed.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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
    • There are 51cm wide security barriers to access the foyer stairs to the first floor.
    • There is a 90cm wide security gate to the left, next to reception.
    • There are evacuation chairs available on each floor at the rear stairs to all floors.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
  • The lift is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 138cm x 202cm (4ft 6in x 6ft 8in).
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • There are security swipe card gates to access the rear of the building by the lifts.
    • There is a 90cm wide accessible security gate to the right.

Lift (Rear Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the rear corridor, near the toilets.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
  • The lift is approximately 51m (55yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 92cm x 202cm (3ft x 6ft 8in).
  • 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • There is an easy slope leading into this lift.

Changing Places (Hygiene and Baby Changing Suite - First Floor)

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located at the rear of the first floor, to the left from the lifts.
    • The facility is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 300cm x 385cm (9ft 10in x 12ft 8in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 165cm (5ft 5in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • Drop down rails are not provided for the toilet.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • 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 not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
    • It is a push button style alarm.
  • Comments
    • There is a wheel-in shower available.
    • The flip down chair is 53cm high.

Standard Changing Room (Staff)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the rear left of the building.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 59m (64yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 63m (68yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments
    • There is 1 deep step leading into the shower.
    • Student changing facilities are available on the first floor, please see the Engineering Building guide for details.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 53m (57yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the rear corridor near the lifts.
    • There are identical toilets on each floor in the same location near the lifts. There is a similar toilet through to the left of reception which can be accessed without using the security gates. There are similar toilets towards the front of the building on floors 1-6 which offer transfer space on the left. One of these on the first floor is located in the library making it 87m over to the left from the lift, please see the separate guide for details. Those on floors 2-6 above are located 60m round to the right from the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a shared 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 153cm x 235cm (5ft x 7ft 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (Corporate Suite - Seventh Floor)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter the Corporate Suite.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 68cm (2ft 3in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 310cm (4ft 11in x 10ft 2in).
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 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 the right.
    • 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 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
    • The door is 68cm wide at a height of 100cm due to a grab rail, otherwise it is 76cm wide.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located at the rear of the building.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 52m (56yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are similar toilets in the same location on every floor.
    • There are additional standard toilets on the first floor and the seventh floor in the Corporate Suite.

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 normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.