Access Statement - Penthouse

Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham B2 4PA

Our Penthouse apartments are located on the 20th (top floor) of a 2008 conversion of a 1960’s office block that is now a residential development. This serviced apartment is one of six types that we have at Rotunda. We have named them all after vehicles from the 1960’s made down the road at Longbridge: 

  • Mini: Studio apartment

  • Clubman: One bedroom apartment

  • Clubman­-Cabriolet: One bedroom apartment with roof terrace

  • Clubman­-Olympian: One bedroom duplex apartment with roof terrace

  • Maxi: Two bedroom apartment

  • Penthouse: Two bedroom apartment with balcony

 

Before you arrive

You can make a booking via:

Email: hello@stayingcool.com

● Phone: 0121 285 1250​


Website: www.stayingcool.com



Birmingham New Street Train Station is 300m from Rotunda. There is step­free access from the station to the building. There is a ramp for the final 75 metres.

The nearest bus stop is on St Martin’s Circus Queensway (100m away) The nearest 24 hour RADAR toilet is in New Street Station, approximately 300m from Rotunda.

Checking ­in and out

Check-­in is from 3pm and check out is at noon. That said, we try to be as flexible as we possibly can so do get in touch if you want to arrive/depart outside of these hours and we’ll see what we can do.

Car parking

There is no car parking in the building, however there are four parking bays reserved for blue badge holders in Worcester Street, which is directly adjacent to the south western side of the building (the same side as New Street Station).There is step-­free access from these bays to the entrance of Rotunda.

There is ample parking for all drivers at the Bullring. The Bullring ‘Centre’ car park provides dedicated disabled spaces on level 2 for users of Shopmobility and Blue Badge holders.

Shopmobility offers a valuable service for those with limited mobility, providing a range of motorised and manual wheelchairs for hire that make getting around that bit easier.

Bullring also has disabled parking spaces located in Moor Street and Edgbaston Street car parks

Pedestrian Entrance

The entrance to Rotunda is in the pedestrian area of central Birmingham. It is on New Street, between Zara and Carphone Warehouse. 

Access to the building is gained by ringing the concierge from the panel to the left of the front door. (We will issue you with an electronic door fob for you to use whilst staying with us.)

Reception area

The reception area is very spacious (30m x 20m) and has a slate floor.

The floor slopes away from the entrance door for 10 m into the centre of the building.

The concierge desk is on the left. It is 50cm high at its lowest point and 90cm high at its highest. the desk is fitted with a hearing loop.

The lifts are directly ahead, in the centre of the building.

Getting from reception to your apartment

The lifts are 5m from the reception desk.The lift doors are 94cm wide and the interior is 140cm by 190cm. The lift has visual and audio floor indicators and a call switch plus an alarm button for emergencies (with direct voice contact with the lift company)

The entrance to the staircase is on the right, just as you reach the central ‘core’ of the building. It is open concrete and has a handrail to the left hand side only (as you go up). The apartment is twenty flights up. The stairs are 30cm deep, 150cm wide and 18cm high.

The apartments are all arranged off each floor’s central core. Penthouses are numbered sequentially in a clockwise direction from 2000 to 2005.

There is one area of corridor, from apartment 2002 to 2003. The corridor is 150cm wide.

There are lobby areas outside all apartments. The access to these areas is 110cm wide minimum.

The lighting is provided by halogen spots, which are triggered by motion sensors. Low emergency lighting is permanently on.

The apartment

The door to the apartment is solid wood, therefore quite heavy. The gap is 76cm wide and has a deadlock to secure.

The door opens into a small hall, which runs from left and right. It is 87cm at its narrowest point and 420cm long.

From the hall you can go either left or right to reach the living room / kitchen.

At the left­hand end of the corridor is a door that leads to the bathroom and at the right­

hand end of the corridor is a door that leads to the shower room.

All internal doors have a minimum width of 66cm.

The apartment is fitted with smoke detectors in the kitchen and entrance hall (and on the main landing outside).

The fire alarms will sound but do not have any visual indication.

There is a fire alarm bell on the main landing. It sounds but does not have a visual indication.

The apartment doors will withstand a fire for up two hours.

In case of a fire that is not within your apartment you should stay inside the apartment until you receive instructions for the Fire Brigade.

Kitchen

The kitchen is open plan with the lounge.

The kitchen is all white and the worktops are 95cm high.

The hob is 95cm high. It is halogen ­heated and operated via turn dials.

The oven is electric and has a swing open door (hinged at the bottom). The height of lowest shelf is 46cm. The oven operates through a combination of turn dials; one to select the temperature and one to select the operation.

The sink in within a unit which divides the kitchen from the living / dining area. It is 95cm high and has cupboards and dishwasher underneath.

The fridge is behind a cupboard door to the left of the oven (hinged right with a 2cm metal lip running the width of the door at the top to open). The highest shelf is 74cm and the lowest compartment is 30cm from the floor.

The freezer is behind a cupboard door to the right of the oven (hinged left with a 2cm metal lip running the width of the door at the top to open). The highest compartment is 66cm lowest compartment is 30cm from the floor.

The dishwasher is behind a cupboard door to the left of the sink. The door is hinged at the bottom with a 2cm metal lip running the width of the door at the top.

The kitchen is very well equipped with an espresso maker, simple citrus juicer and other standard electrical appliances.

The flooring is resin­coated wood and mid grey. It contrasts well to the kitchen units.

The kitchen area is 100cm wide at its narrowest point. There in no furniture in the kitchen area, The kitchen is all white – walls, worktop and units. It is well lit with spotlights above the work surfaces and ceiling lights (on dimmer switches).

Lounge / Dining Area

The lounge / dining area is open plan (with the kitchen) and leads directly to each of the bedrooms via a sliding door, gap 110cm.

There is a glass­topped, circular dining table 110cm in diameter and supported by metal legs, which are painted white. It is movable. The two chairs are moulded plastic with tubular metal legs. The chairs are 42cm high.

The table is against the wall on one side. There is a 94cm gap between the table and the nearest sofa. The flooring is beige carpet. There are no loose rugs.

There are two sofas, upholstered in dark grey felt. Each are 65cm deep x 180cm wide x 35cm high and have an arm at either end.

Furniture is moveable.

There is free space of at least 70cm between furniture and walls

The television has Sky channels (including radio stations) and teletext. It is operated via a remote control.

There is also an iPod dock with remote control.

Lighting is via two freestanding floor lamp (150cm high) and ceiling lights on dimmer switches. The walls are either painted white or papered in dark grey wallpaper.

The windows are fully glazed and run from floor­to­ceiling. Two of the living room windows can be opened fully on a sliding mechanism. There is glass wall, mounted in a metal frame 110 cm tall in front of each opening window to prevent access to the opening.

The apartment has curtains at each window, which have no opening mechanism. They slide along ceiling­ mounted tracks.

Bedrooms

There are two identical bedroom, both off the living room and accessed either via the lounge (retractable sliding door 110cm gap) or from the attached bathroom via a hinged door, 70cm gap.

The flooring is beige fitted carpet. There are no loose rugs.

The bed is 150cm wide x 190cm long with a pocket­sprung mattress with memory foam The bed height is 65cm from the floor to top of mattress (non­adjustable).

The duvet and pillows are filled with synthetic microfibre (feels like down).

Bath robes, sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are 100% cotton.

The largest transfer space available to left or right of bed is 95cm. The bed is not moveable.

There is a glass desk against a wall. It measures 40cm deep x 124cm wide x 70cm high and has an iPod dock and TV upon it. It is moveable.

Largest free space clear of doors and furniture is 130cm by 190cm

There is a sliding glass door that leads onto the balcony, over a threshold 10cm high and 15cm deep.

Shower room

The shower room connects the entrance hall and the bedroom on the right of the apartment (as you face away from the front door).

There is a hinged door at either end, 66cm wide. At its narrowest point the bathroom is 55cm wide.

There is a shower unit with fixed head. It has a step into the unit, which is 26cm high through a gap 50cm wide.

The shower is operated via an off­-off dial and a dial (5cm x 10cm) for temperature control. The controls are at 125cm high.

Free space in bathroom (free of doors and furniture) is 85cm x 100cm.

Toilet seat height 45cm

There is 35cm space to the right of the toilet and 65cm to the left of the toilet as you look at it. The flooring is resin­coated wood and mid grey.

Good colour contrast between floor (grey) and walls (white). The space under the washbasin is free (no pipes or vanity unit)

Shops

Not available on site – there are numerous shops, restaurants and food outlets along New Street and High Street, both directly outside the Rotunda. We offer numerous free essentials on arrival (such as fresh milk, cereals, tea and coffee). We also offer chargeable extras such as breakfast packs which can be prebooked.

Outdoor Area

Rotunda has a communal garden area on floor two. Access to it is via a door that can be found by turning left out of the lift and up two steps. There is no step­free access to the garden.

Additional Information

The apartment comes with a detailed information folder that is produced in two sizes: ten point and 14point. We can provide an audio version on request (48 hours notice required).

Good mobile phone and wifi reception throughout the apartment.

The building is non-smoking throughout.

No pets but service dogs are welcome – please do inform us on booking.

We can arrange for any piece of print to be provided as an audio version or as Braille – just let us know and give us 48 hours to arrange it (we do rare and short print runs as our business and services are constantly evolving so we want to make sure information is as up-­to-­date as possible).

Contact us

  • Email: hello@stayingcool.com
  • Web: www.stayingcool.com
  • Phone: 0121 285 1250
  • Fax: 0121 285 1270

Opening hours: 8.30am­ - 10pm, outside of these hours, our phones are manned by an out of hours service and Reception is covered by a member of the Rotunda’s security team.

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We’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible in our access statement but we are bound to have overlooked something. Please do let us know if and how we can improve it.