Faculty of Music Page 2

reception

Reception

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 The reception desk is on your left as you enter the building.  This is at waist height, with a fixed hearing loop.

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stairs

Stairs

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The main staircase in the central building is carpeted, with a wooden bannister on the right-hand side as you ascend.  Only parts of the staircase have tactile nosing, and the contrast is low. The steps down to the area which houses the Bate Collection have a wooden bannister on the right hand side as you descend, and contrasting tactile nosing.  The stairs to the section of the building which is inaccessible by lift are similar, with a railing on the left hand side as you ascend.  

The library has a spiral stone staircase with a railing on the right hand side as you ascend, and no nosings.  The steps down to the lower library area have contrasting nosings, but no handrail. 

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doors

Doors

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Doors in the faculty corridors are double doors with visual panels.  Wheelchair users may need both sides to be opened.  The library is accessed by two sets of similar doors which are positioned very close together.  This might prove awkward for some, especially as there is also a books returns box in the space!

The door leading from the main building to the practice block is a wooden door with no visual panel.  The door to the practice room is glass, and both of these are operated using a key fob.  Inside the practice block, doors to the individual rooms have large glass panels.

The doors to the Denis Arnold Hall are double wooden doors with no visual panels.  Doors to the seminar rooms and instrument stores also have no visual panels. Please take care!

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library

Reading Rooms

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The library reading rooms are spread across three floors, and all are accessible by lift.  Shelving is open access, but some users may need to ask for assistance reaching the higher shelves.   There is fixed study space available, but the desk height could be low for wheelchair users.  Ladders form occasional obstacles.  The incline lift to the lower library is staff-operated, and limited space means that it’s necessary to send it back to the top before wheelchair users can access the rooms.

Level access to the studio is through two manual wooden doors with no visual panels.  Ask at reception to be let into the studio, which is usually kept locked.  

The information desk is on the left hand side as you enter the library.

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lecture theatre

Lecture Theatres

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The Denis Arnold Hall is both the main lecture theatre and main public space of the building. Seating is moveable, although space between the rows might be tight for some. 

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seminar room

Seminar and Practice Rooms

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The seminar rooms in the main part of the building are on the ground floor.  They have moveable furniture consisting of chairs with lap tables.  The fact that these spaces also house multiple keyboard instruments can make space a bit tight!

Access to the practice block is via a path of concrete paving leading from the back of the building.  Once inside, the main ensemble room is level access, with moveable furniture.  Other rooms are small, and they all have a step down into them marked with contrasting tape. There is a temporary portable ramp available.

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Accessible Computers

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There are accessible computers on the lower and ground floors of the library.  Both areas have moveable furniture, although space may be a little tight on the ground floor.  Wheelchair users might prefer to use the cluster in dedicated room in the lower library.  There are also accessible computers in the first floor common room. 

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common room

Common Rooms

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The common room is on your right as you exit the lift on the first floor of the library.  It has moveable chairs and a low coffee table.  The kitchen space is very small, and all units are at waist height, so it might not be accessible for wheelchair users.  There are three accessible computers with moveable chairs along one wall of the common room.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 3
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes