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University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol, BS8 1UP

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Theatre, including the Wickham Theatre, the Brandt Cinema, the White Theatre, Rehearsal Rooms, Lecture Room 3.13, seminar and teaching rooms, staff offices; and the Theatre Collection Library and Museum on levels 1 and 2.
  • Comments
    • This building is in fact made up of two distinct parts. The upper part consists of levels 3 and 4, and the lower part consists of levels 1, 2 and 3.
    • These parts are linked internally on level 3.
    • The Theatre Collection Library and Museum contact details are 0117 331 5086, theatre-collection@bristol.ac.uk.

Opening Times (Department of Theatre Term Time)

  • Monday 07:30 - 19:30.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 19:30.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 19:30.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 19:30.
  • Friday 07:30 - 19:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments
    • The building closes at 17:30 out of term time.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Parking (Theatre Productions Only)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the right of the main theatre entrance.
    • 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 dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 340cm x 570cm (11ft 2in x 18ft 8in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Theatre Building entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 35m (38yd 10in) from the Theatre 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 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.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • These bays are for permit holders only during teaching hours, but can be used by visitors for performances.
    • Please contact the University for more details.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the upper part of the building, off Cantock's Close.
  • There is not 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • Comments
    • A UCard is required to access this entrance during teaching hours.
    • There is an intercom available to contact reception, 112cm (3ft 8in) high.
    • This entrance gives access to level 4, in the upper part of the building. The main reception and Wickham Theatre are located here.

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 of the entrance as you face it.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 145cm (4ft 9in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located either side of the entrance.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • 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).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • There are also steps to the left, by the ramp, which have the handrail on the right hand side going up only.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main 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 does not have 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.

Other Floors (Upper Part of the Building)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Upper Part of the Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the far corner from the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 3 and 4.
  • The lift is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 160cm (3ft 6in x 5ft 3in).
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 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 not 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 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Theatre (Wickham Theatre)

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the front of the theatre.
  • Wheelchairs are left with the patron.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit beside you.
  • Comments
    • The front of the theatre is accessed from level 3.
    • There is also level access to lighting and production areas and the front row of the balcony on level 4.

Level Change (Wickham Theatre Stalls)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at the various entrances to the stalls on level 3.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Eating and Drinking (Wickham Theatre Bar)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • 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 22m (24yd 2in) from the rear lift.
  • The standard height for tables is 69cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Comments
    • The theatre bar is located next to the entrance to the theatre stalls. It serves alcoholic and soft drinks during public theatre performances.
    • There are also vending machines here, selling hot drinks and snacks.
    • Coffee tables and low seating is also available here.

The White Theatre

  • The White Theatre is located on level 3 of the upper part, to the rear of the Wickham Theatre.
  • It does not have fixed seating, so wheelchair users can be accommodated during any performances.
  • Students will normally access this room and Rehearsal Room 3 via an outside link from level 3 of the lower part of the building. There are 3 medium steps (shown in photographs 3 and 4).
  • Step free access is available from the rear of the Wickham Theatre, or from its own external entrance.

White Theatre External Entrance

  • This entrance is located down the hill to the left of the main entrance as you face it (next to Lunsford House).
  • There is a small door here, 55cm wide, requiring a number code, which opens outwards and has a deep threshold.
  • From the inside, the larger doors can be opened giving a width of 220cm or 440cm.
  • There is an easy slope directly in front of the entrance, but a steep slope on Cantocks Close leading from the main entrance.

Cinema (Brandt Cinema)

  • Seating and additional access information
    • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments
    • The cinema is located on level 2.
    • There is level access to the front.

Lecture Theatre(s) (Lecture Room 3.13)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is not available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is not sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre.
  • There is not staggered seating within the lecture theatre.
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • Comments
    • Lecture Room 3.13 is located on level 3 of the lower part of the building, directly to the right as you exit the front lift.

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.
  • Hearing loops are fitted in the Seminar Room and Rehearsal Room 2 on level 2.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show Rehearsal Room 3, located on level 3 of the upper part of the building, next to the White Theatre. Step free access is available from either lift, via the Wickham Theatre, or via the White Theatre.
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show Rehearsal Room 2, located on level 2, with level access from the front lift.
    • The seminar room is located next to Rehearsal Room 2.
    • Teaching/Rehearsal Room 1 (Photo 5 and 6) is located on level 1, with level access from the Theatre Collection entrance.

Accessible Toilet (Upper Part of the Building)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 4, at the rear from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to this 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 220cm (4ft 12in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 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 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 119cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 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 medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Upper Part of the Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the end of corridor past the theatre balcony.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
  • Comments
    • There are also standard toilets located below, on level 3, outside the theatre stalls.
    • These are accessed by 2 deep steps with no handrail.

Level Change (Level 3)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in the centre of level 3, linking the upper and lower parts of the building.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 133cm (4ft 4in).
  • Comments
    • Visitors to the theatres will not need to use these ramps.

Outside Access (Theatre Collection Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the lower part of the building, off Park Row.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments
    • A UCard is required for the first set of doors.
    • There is an intercom, 122cm (4ft) high, at this entrance for visitors to the Theatre Collection to gain access.
    • This entrance gives access to level 1 of the lower part of the building.

Level Change (Theatre Collection 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 of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 149cm (4ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the entrance.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Other Floors (Theatre Collection)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • These stairs are located in the foyer just inside the Theatre Collection entrance.
    • They lead directly into the Theatre Collection Library.

Other Floors (Lower Part of the Building)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • The stairs between 1 and 2 have a handrail on the left hand side going up.
    • Between 2 and 3 the stairs have handrails both sides, except the top 8 steps, which have a handrail on the right hand side going up only.

Lift (Lower Part of the Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the right hand corner of level 1 as you enter the Theatre Collection entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Theatre Collection entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 102cm x 140cm (3ft 4in x 4ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not 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 medium.

Library (Theatre Collection Library)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is not an ordering service.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Comments
    • Parts of books can be scanned and made large print on request.
    • The Theatre Collection Library is located on level 2 of the lower part of the building.
    • This is a Reference Library only, open to the public, with level access from the front lift.
    • The door leading to and from the stairs and accessible toilet is a touch pad automatic door, 78cm (2ft 7in) wide.
    • The library does have a hearing loop, but it was not working at the time of the survey.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 12:00 - 16:45.
    • Tuesday 09:30 - 16:45.
    • Wednesday 09:30 - 16:45.
    • Thursday 09:30 - 16:45.
    • Friday 09:30 - 16:45.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reading Rooms

  • There are two reading rooms which open off the library. There is room to manoeuvre and lighting is bright.

Accessible Toilet (Theatre Collection)

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 2, on the far side from the lower part of the building lift.
    • 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 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 both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not 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 medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Lower Part of the Building)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the far end of level 3 from the lower part of the building lift.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the lower part of the building lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the far end of level 1, past the steps.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are 6 deep steps up and then down leading from the Theatre Collection entrance to the level 1 toilets.

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.