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Oastler Building

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3AQ

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Huddersfield Literature Festival - Information

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Huddersfield.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Huddersfield.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • There are several Blue Badge bay locations across the campus on Queensgate, Miami, Edith Key building, Canalside and Lockside.
  • These Blue Badge Bays vary in size.
  • On arrival at the Queensgate vehicular entrance, parking will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and wherever possible nearest to the building you are visiting.
  • Wheelchair users may require assistance as there may be some easy slopes and dropped kerbs to negotiate.
  • There are also ambulant parking bays on campus.
  • These bays are strictly used by arrangement with the venue.
  • There are no car parking charges on campus.
  • There is no on street Blue Badge bays or standard parking bays close by.
  • There are several public car parks close to the university, these include;
  • Kingsgate, Venn Street, HD1 6HQ - number of spaces: 618.
  • Market Hall, Alfred Street, HD1 2UJ - number of spaces: 588.
  • Spring Wood Street, HD1 4BE - number of spaces: 377.

Outside Access (Oastler Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 70cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
  • Comments View
    • There are manual revolving doors at this entrance.
    • This automatic door entrance can be used to overcome the revolving doors.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
  • Circulation View
    • There are not doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet and vinyl.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • There is bench seating and also a mixture of single seats with and without armrests at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
    • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located to the left after you enter.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2, 3, 4, mezzanine, 5, 6 and 7.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Lift 1 - Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead after you enter.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 160cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.

Lift (Lift 2 - Levels 2, 3, 4, Mezzanine, 5, 6 and 7)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the main corridor.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2, 3, 4, Mezzanine, 5, 6 and 7.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 160cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Lecture Theatres 0A4 - 01 and 02

  • The lecture theatres are located to the left after you enter the Oastler Building.
  • There is step free access to both lecture theatres.
  • Both lecture theatres have 2 sets of double doors.
  • The first set of doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are heavy, but can be held open if required.
  • The doors are 175cm wide.
  • The second set of doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are heavy, but can be held open if required.
  • The doors are 175cm wide.
  • There is step free access throughout both lecture theatres.
  • The space can either be used as 1 room, or divided into 2 rooms.
  • The layout of the rooms can vary depending on use.
  • There is retractable seating which can be used.
  • The surface of the floor is concrete.
  • The surface of the floor is shiny and could be perceived as slippery.

Room 0A4 - 06

  • The room is located to the rear of level 4.
  • There is step free access to the room.
  • The access to the room is via a single width door.
  • The door opens away from you, but can be held open if required.
  • The door is 86cm wide.
  • There is step free access throughout the room.
  • The surface of the flooring is carpet.
  • The layout of the room varies depending on use.
  • There are chairs without armrests available.
  • Tables are 69cm high.

Lecture Theatres OA5 - 01 and 02

  • The lecture theatres are located just beyond the lift on the fifth floor mezzanine of the Oastler Building.
  • Both lecture theatres have 2 sets of double doors.
  • The first set of doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are heavy, but can be held open if required.
  • The doors are 175cm wide.
  • The second set of doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are heavy, but can be held open if required.
  • The doors are 175cm wide.
  • The space can be either used as 1 room, or divided into 2 rooms.
  • The layout of the rooms can vary depending on use.
  • The surface of the floor is carpet.
  • There is retractable tiered seating which can be used.
  • There are 20 clearly marked steps leading to the retractable tiered seating.
  • These steps are 15cm in height and do not have handrails.
  • Desks are 74cm high.
  • Chairs without armrests are available.
  • Photographs 3 and 4 show AO5 01 as it was arranged on the day of the survey.
  • Photographs 8, 9 and 10 show AO5 02 as it was arranged on the day of the survey.

Rooms OA7 - 27 and 28

  • These rooms are located to the rear of level 7.
  • There is step free access to the room.
  • The access to the rooms is via a single width door.
  • The door opens away from you (push).
  • The door is heavy, but can be held open if required.
  • The door is 86cm wide.
  • There is step free access throughout the rooms.
  • The surface of the flooring is carpet.
  • The layout of the room varies depending on use.
  • Chairs without armrests are available.
  • Tables are 72cm high.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 4)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead as you enter and along the corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 167cm x 220cm (5ft 6in x 7ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 80cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the left of the toilet and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab 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 good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar accessible toilets located on levels 3, 5, 6 and 7.
    • The accessible toilet on level 3 has the lateral transfer space on the left.
    • The accessible toilet on level 5 has the lateral transfer space on the left and also has a Clos-o-Mat toilet.
    • The accessible toilet on level 6 has the lateral transfer space on the right.
    • The accessible toilet on level 7 has the lateral transfer space on the left.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 4)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located along the main corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar standard toilets available on levels 3, 5, 6 and 7.