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Ustinov College, Dryburn Court

Howlands Farm, Durham, DH1 3DE

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Howlands Building is shared with Josephine Butler College, located next to this college.
    • Family accommodation is available at Dryburn Court.

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 a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Fisher House)

  • This venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all registered users between 09:00 and 18:00.
  • Registered users are residents and/or College staff with appropriate parking permits displayed (available via College) and College visitors (who can be issued with temporary permits from the College Reception).
  • The car park is to the side and rear of Fisher House.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 3.5m x 5m (11ft 5in x 16ft 4in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 34m (37yd) from the Fisher House entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 48m (52yd) from the Fisher House 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 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.
  • Short stay parking is available next to the entrance to Fisher House.
  • There is also an accessible toilet available close to the offices and social space in Fisher House, Ustinov College and an additional accessible toilet available in the shared Howlands Building.

Parking (Shared Car Park)

  • There is also a University car park down the hill from the colleges. It is shared between Ustinov and Josephine Butler Colleges.
  • Parking is free for all registered users between 09:00 and 18:00.
  • Registered users are residents and/or College staff with appropriate parking permits displayed (available via College) and College visitors (who can be issued with temporary permits from the College Reception).

Level Change (Access from the Shared Car Park and Park & Ride)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the colleges.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The path to the colleges crosses some quiet roads. There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving available at crossing areas.

Outside Access (Fisher House Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).

Level Change (Fisher House Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Fisher House entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Porter's reception is just around the corner from the main desk and used as the main point of access for students.

Outside Access (Oak Block)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the block.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an intercom outside this entrance, 132 - 136 cm high.
    • There are similar entrances into all pavilions of Oak Block.
    • Cycas Block also has a similar entrance, except the door is 85 cm wide.
    • There is automatic door access to Pine Block.
    • The doors leading into the block, pavilion, nearest kitchen, bedroom and ensuite bathroom all have doors that open automatically to allow wheelchair access.
    • The operator is provided with a personal fob to activate.
    • There are similar entrances to pavilions B - I, and Elm Block Pavilions B and C.

Level Change (Oak Block)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar entrances to pavilions B - I, Elm Block Pavilions B and C and Birch Block.
    • There are also steps to access Boxtree, Alder, Cherry, Chestnut, Cypress and Cedar Blocks.

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.
  • The hearing loop is fitted in the bar.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Other Floors (Cycas Block)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the Cycas Block entrance.
    • 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.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar stairs in Oak, Birch, Boxtree, Alder, Cherry, Chestnut, Cypress and Cedar Blocks.

Lift (Oak Pavilion C+D)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located just inside the entrance to Oak Pavilion C+D.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Oak entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 139cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accommodation

  • Location of Accessible Accommodation View
    • The establishment provides 3 accessible accommodation facilities with an ensuite and/or separate accessible bathroom.
  • Auxiliary Aids - General View
    • Some of the rooms have auxiliary aids for people with sensory impairments.
    • Available auxiliary aids include flashing alarms and vibrating pillows.
    • Flashing fire alarms are available on request.
    • Vibrating fire alarms are available on request.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome to stay with residents in standard rooms.
    • There is / are 3 accessible room(s) with a wheel in shower.
  • Ground Floor Rooms View
    • Ground floor rooms do have level access.
    • None of these rooms are accessed by platform lift.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Standard Rooms on Other Floors View
    • There are standard rooms on other floors.
    • The other floors can be accessed by lift.
    • There is level access to standard rooms on other floors.
    • Adjoining rooms are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible rooms are located in Oak, Pine and Cycas Blocks.
    • No rooms were available to survey at the time, although are said to be similar to the Wooler room which can be viewed separately in the Josephine Butler guide.
    • The shared kitchen in Cycas Block does not have a height adjustable sink, hob or surface.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar does not serve food.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Fisher House entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Comments View
    • There are also coffee tables and sofas available in the bar.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 19:30 - 00:00.
    • Tuesday 19:30 - 00:00.
    • Wednesday 19:30 - 00:00.
    • Thursday 19:30 - 00:00.
    • Friday 19:30 - 00:00.
    • Saturday 14:00 - 00:00.
    • Sunday 14:00 - 00:00.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe @ Ustinov)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the Fisher House entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 66cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 107cm (3ft 6in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:30 - 19:00.
    • Tuesday 09:30 - 19:00.
    • Wednesday 09:30 - 19:00.
    • Thursday 09:30 - 19:00.
    • Friday 09:30 - 19:00.
    • Saturday 11:00 - 15:00.
    • Sunday 11:00 - 15:00.

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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the Fisher House entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in Fisher House, next to the Cafe @ Ustinov.
    • 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 152cm x 270cm (4ft 12in x 8ft 10in).
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 non-infectious waste 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 49cm (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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 111cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 91cm (2ft 11in).
    • Lockers were located in the transfer space at the time of the survey.

Standard Toilet(s)

Outside Access (Howlands Building Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • 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 150cm (4ft 11in).

Level Change (Howlands Building Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Accessible Toilet (Howlands 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 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Howlands Building entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite the Howlands Building 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 193cm x 207cm (6ft 4in x 6ft 9in).
    • 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 84cm (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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are 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 49cm (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 can 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 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 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 medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Howlands Building)

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.