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Stairs

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All floors of the building are can be reached using the main staircase. The stairs have contrasting nosings. There is a continuous handrail on the left hand side (ascending), and no hand rail on the other side.

There is an additional staircase from the ground floor to the basement. This has contrasting nosings and continuous handrails both sides.

Finally there are two small staircases from the upper to the lower basement area. One is next to the platform lift leading to the IT teaching area – this has contrasting nosings and continuous handrails both sides. The other leads to the lecture theatre – this has contrasting nosings and continuous handrails both sides.

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Doors

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The main entrance is via powered sliding glass doors accessed using a proximity card reader or the intercom system – both are to the right of the sliding doors and whilst not lowered, should be reachable from a wheelchair. 

Most of the doors in this building are either on hold open mechanisms, or powered using proximity cards to enter, and a push button to exit. All of the doors in the building have large glass sections or vision panels (with the obvious exception of the toilets). 

The rooms below have non-powered doors:

-          Student office on ground floor

-          Staff offices on all floors

-          Academic offices on all floors

-          Both seminar rooms and small lecture theatre in basement

-          Informal meeting room on first floor

-          Visitor office and Skype room on second floor

-          Meeting room on third floor

The main corridors on all floors have fire doors on hold-open mechanisms enabling good wheelchair access. 

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Library

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There is a quiet study area/small library on the ground floor. From the powered door opposite reception, turn right, go past the toilets, turn left and the entrance will be opposite you to your right. There is a powered door operated using a proximity card to enter, and a push button to exit. 

This room has books on floor to ceiling shelves – the higher shelves are inaccessible for wheelchair users who may require support from other students or reception staff. There is a self-check-out computer system in place which is found in the corner of the library - this is on a small desk which some wheelchair users may find rather awkward to use.  There is a repository for returned books which is at a comfortable height for most wheelchair users to access. 

There are desks for quiet study in the middle of the room – none of these are height adjustable. There are 3 desks with computers at the far end of the room – the central desk is manually height adjustable; some users may require assistance to adjust the height.

Some wheelchair users may find that the corridor between the shelves immediately to the right of the entrance is rather narrow and difficult to access. 

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Lecture Theatres

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The main lecture theatre is in the lower basement. Turn left out of the main passenger lift and go through the doorway (the door is on a hold open mechanism) – the platform lift will be on the left hand side. Once in the lower basement the main lecture theatre is on the left. There is a powered door operated using a proximity card to enter, and a push button to exit. The main lecture theatre can also be reached by turning right out of the lift (or main stairwell), then immediately right again. A short stairway takes you down to the lower basement and the (powered) door to the lecture theatre – this is not accessible for wheelchair users.

There are three banks of tiered seating in rows with a continuous writing desk across each row. To either side of the central bank of seating there is a wide slope suitable for wheelchairs.  As you are looking at the stage the row of seats at the back and to the left can be removed allowing for wheelchair users to use the desk; in addition the front right desk can be removed to enable wheelchair access. It is advisable to contact the department in advance if this is required – contact between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday 01865 272 860.  There is also a wide area at the back of the room behind the seating which can be used if preferred. The stage is accessed via a ramp (although there is rather a tight turn from the ramp past the lectern to the main stage area). 

The small lecture theatre is in the basement – turn left from the lift/main stairwell, then turn right and the lecture theatre will be in front of you. There are double doors which are not powered – some users may require assistance. The room has several rows of metal desks none of which can be raised. These are freestanding so if necessary could be removed or rearranged. There is also space alongside the desks which some wheelchair users may find easier to use. 

The IT Teaching Room is also in the basement. This is directly in front of the platform lift. There are desks with computers available, and freestanding chairs which can be rearranged if needed. The lecturn is not height adjustable. There are also photocopying facilities here. 

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Seminar rooms

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There are two seminar rooms located in the upper basement. Turn left from the lift/main stairwell and they will be in front of you. Neither of the seminar rooms have powered doors – some users may require assistance. There are no height adjustable desks in the seminar rooms. Both rooms are fairly small, but all desks and chairs are freestanding and can be rearranged to suit the user’s needs. 

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Common room and break out areas

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The main common room is opposite reception on the ground floor. Access is via powered door operated using a proximity card. Furniture is all free standing and there is plenty of space between tables. There are a series of “pods” in front of the windows which proivde more secluded seating. There is a kitchen area which is fully accessible for wheelchair users

There is a small break out area in the basement opposite the lift with an L shaped sofa and a small coffee table. There are no drink making facilities here.

The first, second and third floors each have a small break out area reached by turning right out of the lift/main stairwell and following the corridor along. There is a kitchenette in each of these which do not have any lowered work surfaces. 

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Open research zone

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The research zone is on the second floor. It is reached by turning left out of the lift/main stairwell and following the corridor along to the end. There are sofas and freestanding tables and chairs that can be rearranged to suit user’s needs. 

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Student office

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The Student Office is allocated to specific students and is not for general use - please speak to the department directly for more information. The office is on the ground floor. The door is not powered; some users may require support to access this room. There are three manually height adjustable desks; some users may require support to adjust these. 

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Accessible computers

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There are computers available in the IT Teaching Room in the basement – none of the desks are height adjustable. There are several computers available in the library – two of these are on the same manual height adjustable desk; some users may require assistance to adjust this desk.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 5
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes