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Old College

Aberystwyth University, King Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the A487 pass the Penglais campus on the left. Follow the sign for the bus and train station. Pass the train station up to the roundabout. At the roundabout turn onto Mill Street. Proceed along Mill Street to the junction. At the junction turn left onto Bridge Street. Proceed along Bridge Street and turn left onto Pier Street. Procced along Pier Street to the Promenade. Turn left on the New Promenade and the rear of the college will be on your left hand side. Directly opposite the front of the Old College on Laura Place is the Joseph Parry Building.
    • There is a car park to the rear of the venue. There is on street parking along New Promenade and King Street.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus station in the Town Centre. From the bus station there is no direct bus route available.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is Aberystwyth Train Station.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Wheelchair users are required to use the main entrance at the front of the building.
    • You are required to make your way via King Street, this is over 200m to the main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Kings Street)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Outside Access (Front Kings Street)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of and immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • The step in front of the entrance is 10cm high and there are no handrails for this step.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of and immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 7 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are two steps beyond the entrance on the approach to the second set of doors.
    • The steps are clearly marked and measure 10cm high.

Reception (Old School)

  • Old School is located to the left on entrance.
  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around (All Floors)

  • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to all floors.
  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
  • The stairs are to the right when you enter the main entrance . The stairs are 12m from the main entrance adjacent to the Music Centre Entrance. The stairs give access to floors G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to all floors.
  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
  • The stairs are to the left of the male basement toilets. The steps are 23m form the main entrance. The steps are winding leading up to the entrance on other floor 1, 2 and 3 These can be seen in photographs 7, 8 and 9.
  • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors (Council Chamber)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 6m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15 steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The staircase is winding with sandstone steps. To the centre the stairs divide into two sides. There is a hand rail to the left hand side on one set of the stairs. The other side has an hand rail to the left hand side.
  • Comments View
    • At the top of the stairs to the right ,there are a further set of stairs with 11 medium steps 16cm high with a handrail to the left hand side to access the council chamber.

Council Chamber

  • There are 2 entrance doors to the council chamber.
  • The first set of doors are double and open towards you 90cm wide.
  • The second set of doors are double and open both ways 160cm wide.
  • The council chamber contains meeting tables 75cm high, there are chairs with arm rest.
  • The floor surface is parquet timber, with rugs covering the floor.

The Quad

  • There are a set of heavy double doors that open away from you 150cm wide to enter The Quad.
  • The doors are 20m to the right when you enter the main entrance.
  • Within The Quad there are display cabinets, statues and university information leaflets on display
  • The are 6 tables 72cm high with chairs.
  • The floor surface is concrete.
  • There is a viewing galley accessed by stairs.
  • The stairs also give you access to the council chamber on the first floor.
  • The Quad gives access to the Old Hall.

Other Floors (The Quad)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located to the left when you enter The Quad.
    • The stairs are approximately 36m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not 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 View
    • The steps for The Quad leads up to the balcony and access to the library.
    • The library has now moved to the main campus.
    • On the balcony adjacent to the library entrance there are a set of stairs.
    • The stairs have a handrail to the left and measure 17cm high.

Library

  • Access to the library is accessed via the balcony in the Quad.
  • The library has now moved to the Penglais Campus.
  • At present the library is used has a quiet study room.

Old Hall

  • The Old Hall is accessed via The Quad.
  • There are 4 medium steps to either side leading down to double doors.
  • The doors are double and open towards you 140cm wide.
  • Wheelchair users are required to use a room to the left of the entrance where wheelchair access to the Old Hall is available.
  • The ramp measure 165m wide with a hand rail to the right.
  • The ramp has a slight gradient.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 67m (73yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the far right hand corner of The Quad.
    • 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 240cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 10in).
    • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
  • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change table within the accessible toilet 90cm high.

Standard Toilet(s) (Male Basement Toilets)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the basement floor, the ground floor and the second floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the basement floor, the ground floor, the first floor and the third floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the right from the main entrance.
    • There is stepped access to the standard toilet surveyed.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
    • The step(s) is / are located In front of the toilet entrance.
    • There is/are 15 step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The male basement floor toilets to front of the toilet cubicles there is a 18cm deep step.
    • The female toilets on the ground floor are adjacent to the accessible toilet 64m from the main entrance. These can be seen in photographs 9, 10 and 11.