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Wolfson Building

Queen's Campus, University Boulevard, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the North East Public Health Observatory, Durham Business School, Geography, Psychology, International Study Centre, Anthropology, the Pro Vice Chancellors Office, Regional Strategy and the Directors Office.
  • Comments View
    • This building contains four corridors - E, F, G and H - off a main corridor at the front of the building.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Stockton-on-Tees.
  • The nearest mainline station is Thornaby.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • This venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free to use for visitors.
  • Students need to pay for a permit.
  • Parking is free for all Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is outside the Ebsworth Building.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 5 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 4.5m x 4.5m (14ft 9in x 14ft 9in).
  • There is also an additional Blue Badge parking bay located behind the building, next to the Boat Shed.
  • The nearest designated bay is 69m (75yd) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 77m (84yd) from the main 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 a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • The patron does have to cross a road.
  • The road is not generally busy.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • There is a designated drop off point.
  • The drop off point is located outside the Holliday Building.
  • There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point.

Outside Access (Main 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 143cm (4ft 8in).
  • 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 (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main 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 has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

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 Tees Suite in H Corridor on the ground floor.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar sets of stairs by all corridors.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located opposite F Corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main 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 93cm x 132cm (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 not 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 medium.

Reception (Durham Business School Masters Office)

  • The desk/counter is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • 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 has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The Durham Business School Masters Office is located on the first floor, in H Corridor.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 12:00.
    • Monday 13:00 - 15:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00.
    • Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00.
    • Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 12:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 12:00.
    • Friday 13:00 - 15:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

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 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located opposite reception, next to the entrance to E Corridor.
    • There are similar accessible toilets on the ground floor by Corridors F, G and H, and the first floor by Corridors F and H. The toilets by H Corridor on both floors have poor contrast rails and the toilet on the first floor has a sliding door.
    • 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 heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 220cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 80cm (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 general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 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 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.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • 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 opposite reception, by E Corridor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are also toilets by Corridors G and H on the ground floor.
    • There are also unisex toilets by F Corridor.
    • Similar toilets are also available in the same locations on the first floor.

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.