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reception

Reception

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 Once you have entered the building through two sets of glass doors (one powered, one manual), the reception desk is straight ahead of you.  This has a reduced height section on the right hand side.

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Stairs

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 There are quite a few staircases in the building.  The spiral staircase in the reception lobby covers all floors except the third, with continuous handrails on both sides and contrasting nosings.  The straight staircase off the main basement lobby connects the basement and the ground floor, and this also has continuous handrails on both sides, along with contrasting tactile nosings.  The main building staircase reaches all floors except the third, and is found through the lobby off the main ground floor corridor.  This staircase is made of concrete with glass side panels, and it has contrasting tactile nosings.  There is a continuous handrail on the left hand side (ascending), and a partial one on the right.  Not all doors leading onto this stairwell have vision panels, so please take care!

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Doors

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 There is a wide variety of doors in the building, and not all have vision panels.   

The door to the main lecture theatre is a large wooden double door.  This is heavy, but is usually held open at the start and end of a lecture.  The doors leading from reception are glass, as are the doors leading from the café space to the large office space on the first floor.  The doors leading to and from the first floor bathroom lobby have no vision panels.   On the second floor, frosted doors lead to open plan office spaces.  The doors which lead from the lift lobbies have large vision panels, and are usually held open.  

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lecture theatre

Lecture Theatres

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The gallery/circulation space on the second floor is sometimes used as overflow space for lectures and events, and this is wider on the right hand side than the left.  The main lecture space for the building is the first floor seminar room.  This has moveable furniture, which is normally arranged with an aisle down the middle and at the sides.  All seating is arranged on the level.  There is no level access to the staging, but this is also movable, and the size can be changed.  ‘Comfort screens’ are arranged around the sides of the room which replicate the main display, so no stiff necks!

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Seminar Rooms

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The meeting room on the first floor has moveable furniture and is fully accessible, although there is a bit more space on one side of the room than the other.  Open plan office space on the second floor is arranged into cubicles which are almost all accessible, although some have a bit more room than others.  There is quite an echo in this space, due to the hard surfaces and high ceiling. There is a large seminar space on the ground floor which can be split into two rooms as required.  Furniture is moveable, allowing for either lecture or seminar-style seating.   The doors to these rooms are heavy, but will be propped open at the start and end of an event.   

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common room

Common Rooms

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There is a common working area in the centre of the first floor.  It is accessible via. a glass door, and the main table is at a comfortable height for wheelchair users, with moveable furniture.  Other tables are higher, with bar-style stools. 

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Café

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The café and breakout space is on the first floor, adjacent to the open plan office space.  The space is large, but pillars can make some areas narrow.  While some of the tables and chairs are shaped like giant teacups (!) and there are high bar-style stools at the counter, there is also moveable furniture which is accessible for those with limited mobility.  The kitchen itself is narrow, and the boiling water tap is hard to reach easily, although the standard tap has a long handle.  Please be aware that the kitchen has many highly reflective surfaces.  The café is unstaffed. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes