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90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Barony Bar, Gameszone - Pool Bar, Shop at the Union, The Scene - Cafe, Ash - Advice and Support Services, The Lounge - Social Space, Debates Chambers, Liberation Rooms, Postgraduate Lounge, The Priory - Cafe Bar, Vertigo - Bar and Venue, Meeting Rooms, SU Offices, NatWest Bank.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00.
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00.
  • Sunday 17:00 - 23:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Glasgow.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Glasgow Queen Street.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Buchanan Street.

Parking (John Street)

  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • The car park is at the front of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The car park has raised bollards.
  • 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 a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does not 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.
  • This car park is for Permit Holders only.
  • There are also on street pay and display parking bays on John Street.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Level 1)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on John Street.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 127cm (4ft 2in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance - Level 1)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left as you face the entrance, towards the direction of Catherdal Street.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located to the right of the entrance as you face it, towards the direction of Cathedral Street.
  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps.

Reception (Main Entrance)

  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • The hearing loop is fitted in the Debates Chamber on level 6.
    • The photographs show the level 5 lounge.
    • There are refreshments machines available near the lifts.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4-6-8.
    • 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.

Lift (Evacuation Lift - No 131)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far end of the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3-4-6-8.
  • The lift is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 188cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 2in).
  • The clear door width is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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 Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • There are two lifts here.
    • The one on the left as you face them is an Evacuation Lift.

Other Floors (Back Stairs)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 5-6-7-8-9-10.
    • 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.
  • Comments
    • The services on other floors which are not accessible include the offices on levels 9 and 10, including the Cash Office, Central Services Department, Communications Department and the Director of Music.
    • There are between 7-15+ steps between levels.

Lift (Lift to Levels 8-7 and 6-5)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the back stairs on level 8.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 7-8.
  • The lift is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the lifts.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 81cm x 100cm (2ft 8in x 3ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • A key is required to use this lift, available from the reception desk on level 1.
    • There is an identical lift on the back stairs on level 6, to access level 5 (shown in photograph 2).

Advice Hub - Level 5

  • Comments
    • The advice hub is located to the rear right of the level 5 lounge.
    • It is 17m from the level 6-5 stair lift which provides level access.
    • There are several meeting rooms, each with plenty of space.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Sports Hub - Level 7)

  • The desk is 12m (13yd 4in) from the 8-7 stair lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is not generally staffed.

Reception (Student Activities Reception - Level 7)

  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the 8-7 stair lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • This is by lift.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • Comments
    • There are computers available in this area.
    • There are height adjustable chairs, some with armrests available.

Debates Chamber

  • The Debates Chamber is located to the left of level 6, opposite The Priory.
  • It is 21m from the lift which provides level access.
  • None of the central tables or chairs are fixed.
  • There is adequate room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • There is a hearing loop fitted in the room.
  • There is 1 clearly marked medium step to access gallery seating.
  • The step is followed by a moderate ramp to rear seating.
  • There are no handrails for the step or ramp.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.

Level Change (Level 6 - Rear of Debates Chamber)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you exit the lifts.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • Comments
    • These steps give access to the Postgraduate Common Room and the rear of the Debates Chamber.
    • There is level access to the front of the Debates Chamber via the Priory Cafe Bar.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Barony Bar - Level 2)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is not available from the bar.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments
    • The bar is located on level 2.
    • It also contains a dance floor area.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 19:00 - 23:00.
    • Tuesday 15:00 - 03:00.
    • Wednesday 15:00 - 03:00.
    • Thursday 15:00 - 03:00.
    • Friday 15:00 - 03:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Restaurant Bar Internal (The Yard - Level 3)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lifts.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 65cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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 bar snacks.
  • Comments
    • It contains pool tables and games machines as well as a bar and seating.

Restaurant Bar Internal (The Scene - Level 4)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is available.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the lifts.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are 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 breakfasts, main meals and snacks.
  • Comments
    • The Scene also contains raised seating areas, accessed by 1 or 3 clearly marked steps with no handrails.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Priory Cafe Bar - Level 6)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lifts.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 38cm (1ft 3in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • 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 hot and cold snacks and meals.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 20:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Eating and Drinking (Taco Mazama - Level 6)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 14m (15yd 11in) from the lift.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks and meals.

Vertigo Bar and Venue - Level 8

  • There is retractable tiered seating, with space for wheelchair users at the front.
  • This is used for lectures, exhibitions, conferences and fairs during the day, and live music events and entertainment at night.
  • The bar in Vertigo does not contain a lowered section.
  • There are clearly marked medium height steps with no handrails leading to rear seating.

Level Change (Level 8 Meeting Rooms)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located next to Vertigo.
  • There is / are 14 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • Comments
    • These stairs access the Anderson room.
    • There are similar stairs on the far side of Vertigo from the lifts, which access the Hills Room.
    • The further stairs have the handrail on the right, but it does not cover the bottom 3 steps (shown in photograph 3).

Arbuthnott Room

  • The room is located to the left of level 8.
  • There is level access on this room via the main lift.
  • The room is 12m from the lift.
  • None of the tables or chairs are fixed.
  • All of the chairs have armrests.
  • The room does not contain a fitted hearing loop.

Anderson Room

  • The room is located to the left of level 8.
  • There is not level access on this room.
  • The room is accessed via the level 8 steps.
  • The room is 2m from the top of the steps
  • None of the tables or chairs are fixed.
  • All of the chairs have armrests.
  • The room does not contain a fitted hearing loop.

Curran Room

  • The room is located to the rear left of level 8.
  • There is level access on this room via the main lift.
  • The room is 76m from the lift.
  • None of the tables or chairs are fixed.
  • All of the chairs have armrests.
  • The room does not contain a fitted hearing loop.

Hills Room

  • The room is located to the rear left of level 8.
  • There is not level access on this room.
  • The room is accessed via the rear level 8 steps.
  • The room is 2m from the top of the rear steps
  • None of the tables or chairs are fixed.
  • All of the chairs have armrests.
  • The room does not contain a fitted hearing loop.

Accessible Toilet (Level 3)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the lifts.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the toilet area to the right as you exit the lifts.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted 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 are not mirrors.
    • 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 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is an identical toilet in the same location on level 4.

Accessible Toilet (Level 6)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the lifts.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you exit the lifts, outside the Priory Cafe Bar.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • 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 weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 180cm (5ft 1in x 5ft 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • This cubilcle contains a Clos-O-Mat toilet.
    • The toilet seat is height adjustable.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilets are located on level 3, right as you exit the lifts.
    • The female and male toilets are 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lifts.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • These toilets contain cubicles with grab rails fitted and doors that open outwards.
    • There are additional standard toilets located on levels 2,3,4 and 6.
    • There are unisex toilets located on level 6.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Comments
    • Disability Equality training is provided for Clubs and Societies and Student Engagement staff.
    • At the time of the survey not all bar staff had received this training.
    • There are refuge points next to the Evacuation Lift on levels 3, 4, 6 and 8.