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Whitworth Hall

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 06:45 - 17:30.
  • Tuesday 06:45 - 17:30.
  • Wednesday 06:45 - 17:30.
  • Thursday 06:45 - 17:30.
  • Friday 06:45 - 17:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The University of Manchester is located in the centre of Manchester just off the A57(M) between Upper Brook Street (A34) and the Higher Cambridge Street (A5067).
    • There are multiple permit holder only car parks around the university campus. There is a NCP car park located on the North East corner of the campus, just of Upper Brook Street. This car park is the Manchester Aquatics Centre NCP and charges apply for all users. There are multiple blue badge permit holder car parks located around the campus.
  • By Bus View
    • There are multiple bus stops throughout the campus along Oxford Road. There are bus stops outside the Kilburn Building, Manchester Aquatics Centre and Stopford Building, these stops are served by routes 15, 18, 41, 42, 42A, 42B, 43, 53, 111, 142, 143, 147, 191, 197, 746, V4, Vantage V1 and Vantage V2.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is the Manchester Oxford Road station. This train station is approximately 700m from the centre of the university campus, this takes approximately 10 minutes to complete on foot. The Manchester Oxford Road station is served by the East Midlands Trains, Transpennine Express, Northern and Transport for Wales services.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Car Park F.
    • The car park is located further along Oxford Road, past the Students' Union and Academy.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The two Blue Badge parking bays in the Old Quadrangle.
    • are signed but do not have markings.
    • There is also standard parking in this area.
    • Access to the Old Quadrangle is via Burlington street and is by prior arrangement only.

Site/Campus Car Park (Car Park F)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Dilworth Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Academy and the Ellen Wilkinson building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the car park exit.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment cannot be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped access to the car park from the Academy.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Academy.
    • The nearest designated bay is 120m (131yd 8in) from the Ellen Wilkinson C Block entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the Old Quadrangle.
    • 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 173cm (5ft 8in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 2 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 not have handrails.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Burlington Street in the Quadrangle.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not 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 (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 63cm (2ft 1in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm (4ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Entrance (Christie Building Ground Floor Link - Internal Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 168cm (5ft 6in).

Entrance (Christie Building First Floor Link - Internal Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the Whitworth Function Hall.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • 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 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located between both doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • There is a third door leading into Christies Bistro, (photograph 3).
    • This door is single, heavy and opens away from you (push).
    • The door is 77cm wide.

Entrance (Whitworth Building Link - Internal Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor corridor of Whitworth Hall.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 4 and 5 show Whitworth Function Hall.
    • Photograph 6 and 7 shows two of the committee / meeting rooms.
    • Photograph 8 shows one of the Organ Galleries above the front stage in Whitworth Function Hall.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, Organ Galleries - Back Galleries.
    • The stairs are located at the end of the ground floor main corridor.
    • The stairs are approximately 30m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to on the ground floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.
    • The stairs in photographs 5 and 6 continue from the main staircase leading to the Back Galleries which are located above the rear platform in Whitworth Function Hall. These stairs are not clearly marked and have opposing hand rails. These galleries could not be surveyed on the day of the visit. Photographs 7 and 8 are located off the first floor corridor and lead to the Organ Galleries above the front stage in Whitworth Function Hall. These stairs are not clearly marked and have hand rails on both sides.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are Whitworth Function Hall - Back Galleries - meeting and conference rooms.
  • Comments View
    • The main staircase has stairs on the left and right with hand rails on opposing sides.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the side entrance in the Christie Building.
    • This accessible toilet is located within the female toilet on the ground floor to the left of the main staircase.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a shared toilet.
    • The nearest unisex toilet is in the adjacent Christie Building.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 65cm (2ft 2in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 131cm x 200cm (4ft 4in x 6ft 7in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 166cm from the floor.
  • 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 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 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 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 102cm.
  • 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 medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a drop down rail on the right as you face the toilet.
    • There is a further accessible toilet in the adjacent Christie Building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located off the main corridor on the ground floor.
    • There is a male standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 21m from the main entrance.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the right.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further female standard toilet to the left of the main staircase.