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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Physics lecture theatres, teaching rooms, labs and staff offices, the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
  • Comments View
    • The Physics Department is made up of two buildings, the Rochester Building and the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
    • The buildings have their own entrances and parking, but they are linked internally. The link on level 1 has level access. There is no internal link on the ground level.

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 not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Rochester Building)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • 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 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Rochester Building entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Rochester Building 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 block paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The parking bays are not marked out.
    • There is a car park containing standard bays to the side of the building (shown in photograph 2).

Parking (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the building.
    • 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 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 450cm (13ft 1in x 14ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Ogden Centre 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.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is another bay at the side of the building.

Outside Access (Rochester Building Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, opposite Geography.
  • 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 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 167cm (5ft 6in).

Level Change (Rochester Building Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located either side 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 in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the centre.
  • 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 105cm (3ft 5in).

Level Change (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics 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 right as you face 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 in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 2 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).

Reception (School Office)

  • The desk/counter is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the Rochester Building entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Reception (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics)

  • The desk/counter is 12m (13yd 4in) from the Ogden Centre entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The hearing loop was out of order at the time of the survey.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the front of the lecture theatres in the Rochester Building.
    • The hearing loop is fitted in room OC 218, on level 2 of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics (shown in photograph 2).

Other Floors (Rochester Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • 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 rooms 102, 104, 106 and 108, and the staff offices on level 3.
  • Comments View
    • The stairs between levels 2-3 are deep and only have a handrail on the right hand side going up (shown in photograph 2).
    • The stairs between -1 and G are not clearly marked and have the handrail on the left only.
    • There are similar stairs in the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Lift (Rochester Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located straight ahead from the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 13m (14yd 8in) from the Rochester Building entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 125cm x 130cm (4ft 1in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 a hearing loop system.
  • 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.

Lift (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the centre entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Ogden Centre entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 94cm x 131cm (3ft 1in x 4ft 4in).
  • 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.

Level Change (Rochester Building)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located along the corridor to the left as you enter.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Level Change (Level 3 Link between Rochester and Ogden)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • Comments View
    • There are 7 medium steps (the last 6 with a handrail) leading up, and 6 deep steps leading down linking the Rochester Building to the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Eating and Drinking (Bransden Room)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the Rochester Building lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 45cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is snacks.
  • Comments View
    • The Bransden Room is located on level 2 of the Rochester Building, next to the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Friday 09:00 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Level Change (Access to the Bransden Room from the Ogden Centre)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on level 2 of the Ogden Centre.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 74cm (2ft 5in).

Accessible Toilet (Rochester 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 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Rochester Building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, just inside the corridor to the left as you enter.
    • 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 166cm x 291cm (5ft 5in x 9ft 7in).
    • 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 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are general domestic waste 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.
    • 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • 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 118cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • The baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 87cm (2ft 10in).

Accessible Toilet (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics)

  • 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 32m (34yd 2ft) from the Ogden Centre entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the far of the centre from the 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 149cm x 235cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 9in).
    • There is not 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 79cm (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 not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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 47cm (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 cannot 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are accessible toilets available on all over levels of the centre, which have the transfer space on the left.
    • The toilet on level 3 has a higher seat (shown in photographs 5 and 6).

Standard Toilet(s) (Rochester Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • 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 either side of the accessible toilet.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Rochester Building entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are also toilets available further along the ground floor, past the ramp, on level 2.
    • There is a male toilet located on level 1.

Standard Toilet(s) (Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics)

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.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.