Royal Academy of Engineering building accessibility statement

Building Accessibility Statement Booklet (3.09 MB)


1.0 - Building introduction

Prince Philip House at 3 Carlton House Terrace is a Grade 1 listed, Regency-era building, designed by John Nash in the 1800s.

The building is an outstanding venue for events and boasts spectacular views, overlooking Waterloo Gardens to the north and St James's Park to the south.

The Academy has seven fully adaptable function rooms, and offers first-class catering services and state-of-the-art technology facilities following recent investment.

It is served by mainline stations along with excellent tube and bus services.

The building facilities enable anyone, regardless of ability, to participate fully in any event held here. The Academy is committed to treating people fairly by identifying and removing any unnecessary barriers to participation or progression.

Please let the team know if there is any support that can be offered during your time at the Academy (such as access, assistance, alternative formats, interpreters or disabled parking).

 

2.0 - Mobility features

  • There is a call bell at the main entrance that will alert staff if assistance is required
  • Running parallel to the main entrance is an elevated access path for wheelchair users. Additionally, there is a dedicated ramp for access via the number 4 entrance
  • All of the main routes through the building are stone floor or short pile carpets, which allow for easy mobility
  • All corridors are wide enough for unrestricted access throughout the building
  • There are three lifts in the building, all wide enough for wheelchair use. One of the three has an extended width to accommodate two wheelchairs
  • Control buttons in the lifts are at an accessible height
  • Evacuation chairs are on site, should they be required
  • There are wall-mounted push pads on level -2 for electronic door openings

 

3.0 - Hearing impairments

Visitors with hearing impairments are catered for with the following facilities:

  • Induction loops are fitted throughout the building, including all function rooms.

The induction loop is an assistive listening system that provides access to facilities for those with a hearing impairment. It takes a sound source and transfers it directly to a hearing aid without background noise, interference or acoustic distortion.

 

4.0 – Visual impairments

The following facilities are in operation throughout Prince Philip House.

  • There is braille on all buttons in every lift throughout the building
  • The Wi-Fi password cards include braille
  • Each emergency lift button has a direct call centre response facility that can be activated easily
  • There are hand rails on the stairs throughout the building and on each side of the entrance steps
  • Dimmer switches come as standard on all lighting and there are large Regency-style windows in some meeting rooms that offer natural light
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the building
  • There is clear signage throughout, indicating directions to facilities such as bathrooms

 

5.0 – Address and transport links

Royal Academy of Engineering
Prince Philip House
3 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5DG

 

5.1 – Underground

The nearest tube stations are:

  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
  • Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
  • Green Park (Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines)

Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus are a 10-minute walk, and Green Park is 15 minutes. Green Park has step-free access to the platforms and trains.

 

5.2 – Mainline stations

The nearest mainline stations are:

  • Charing Cross – 10-minute walk
  • Victoria – 20-minute walk

 

5.3 – By car, taxi or bus

There are several parking bays immediately opposite Prince Philip House, which include two disabled bays. Bays can also be found two minutes away at Waterloo Place.

Carlton House Terrace is a well-known drop-off point for taxis. For pick-ups, Piccadilly Circus is a short walk. All black cabs are wheelchair accessible.

For bus services, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/maps/bus

 

5.4 – By bike

A Santander bike docking station is located at Waterloo Place St James’s, which is around a two-minute walk from the Academy.

For further information, visit TfL’s Find a Docking Station page.

There is also a facility to store fold-up bikes at the Academy.

 

6.0 – Entrance and reception

If required, there is an easily accessible assistance intercom at the front entrance of Prince Philip House. The intercom goes straight to the reception desk, who will be happy to help with any issues.

The reception is staffed by the security team, who ensure the safety and security of everyone in the building.

To access the building, there are two ramps for wheelchair users. One is on an elevated path running parallel to the main entrance. The second is a dedicated wheelchair ramp accessed through the entrance to number 4.

 

7.0 – Catering services

The Academy’s appointed caterers are CH&Co.

Stuart Cooper, the in-house Head Chef, and his skilled team can cater for a wide range of allergies, dietary requirements and specific requests.

The menus indicate vegan and vegetarian dishes. Any further dietary requirements should be discussed before the event with your Event Coordinator.

Guests should confirm dietary requirements at least five working days before the event.

Should there be a request for specific foods without notice, the team will do its best to accommodate all guests on the day. A member of the team may liaise with you directly to ascertain requirements.

 

8.0 – Accessible toilets

There are three accessible toilets within Prince Philip House.
They are situated on levels 1, -1 and -2.

All toilets have emergency alarm cords and are fully equipped for wheelchair use. All toilets can be accessed via the lift service.

 

9.0 – Additional information

The venue address is:

Royal Academy of Engineering
Prince Philip House
3 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5DG

Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 0600

The general opening hours are 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

For direct contact with the Academy, visit www.raeng.org.uk and visit www.princephiliphouse.com for building and event enquiries. For any specific access needs, please email facilities@raeng.org.uk

All staff at Prince Philip House have regular and refresher disability, equality and diversity training.

The Academy is conscious of respecting everyone’s needs and will do everything it can to successfully meet those needs.

The Academy holds regular first aid and fire marshal training. A managed fire evacuation drill takes place twice a year, and fire alarms are tested weekly.

If required, the Fire Assembly point is 20 metres from the entrance and is fully accessible at pavement level.

The Academy can develop a fire evacuation plan to meet anyone’s special needs PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan) if needed.

There is no fixed furniture in any of the rooms, offering total flexibility of furniture configuration.

Please contact the team for any requests that have not been included in this brochure. Staff will aim for fulfil all requests.


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