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Read below the venue's advice on accessibility

Find more information below on the ways in which the Business Design Centre are making it easy for all visitors to enjoy visiting us.

If you have any further queries regarding accessibility at the venue then please get in touch with the venue and they will be happy to assist. You can find specific details in their contacts section.

Arriving at the venue

The venue has an underground car park with 8 dedicated blue badge holder bays on level C. Access to the forecourt and street level is through the passenger lift but there is also a pedestrian staircase (17 steps from level C to forecourt/street level).

The route from the car park to the building is clearly marked inside and outside the lift – the surface is firm and even and the route is adequately lit in the hours of darkness.

When accessing the building from street level, there are two staircases (5 steps and 12 steps), but there is also a ramp on the forecourt. All steps and the ramp are supported by handrails.

For dropping off in vehicles, the venue should be able to give access onto the forecourt through the security point. Please contact their front of house team in order to confirm that this will be possible on the days of the show: 0207 288 6475.

The nearest step-free station is Kings Cross and St Pancras International, which is a short distance by bus or taxi. This is served by National Rail, the Eurostar and most major tube lines. For more information on this, please visit the TfL website or plan a journey with Transport for London.

Inside the venue

All reception desks fitted at the venue have DDA compliant registration points available to all wheelchair users.

Corridors and gangways are well lit and internal staircases are also supported by handrails. All levels are accessible by passenger lifts, both in the main reception and in the Gallery Hall. The lifts are complete with low reach buttons with braille; they are also fitted with distress alarms and back mirrors to assist with access and egress of wheelchair users.

All conference rooms are either completely set with unfixed seating or have sections where we can accommodate spaces for wheelchair users.

Manual wheelchair and toilet facilities

A limited number of wheelchairs are available on loan for use within the venue. These can be booked in advance by calling the venue concierge team (0207 288 6475) so when you arrive at the venue this will be ready for you upon proof of identification.

There is an accessible toilet on each level of the building. They can be accessed by use of a RADAR key (a spare key is kept in reception). The RADAR Key Scheme or National Key Scheme (NKS) offers those who require it, independent access to locked public toilets. If you don’t have a key then please contact the venue concierge team upon your arrival or by phone: 0207 288 6475.

The Ground Floor toilet is located in stairwell B; this is not currently fitted with a Radar Key. On the Mezzanine Level the toilet is also in stairwell B, and on the top floor on the Gallery Level you will find a toilet situated on the opposite side in stairwell F. All toilets are fitted with low reach door handles, and an emergency pull cord alarm.

Guide dogs and hearing loops

The Business Design Centre and the Music & Drama Education Expo welcomes guide dogs and are happy to make provisions to ensure that they are as comfortable on site as their owners. Please contact us or the concierge team in advance to allow us to prepare for your arrival. No other dogs or pets are permitted in the venue.

Two of the main conference rooms are fitted with induction loops and they can be connected for conference sessions. If you are attending an event please ensure that you contact us to confirm that this has been arranged. 

Emergency evacuations

In the unlikely event of a fire or any other emergency, the fire alarms will be activated. Fire alarms are fitted with audible and visual signals to help visitors with hearing impairments. The venue fire marshals will assist visitors to evacuate the building. There are have two onsite Evac chairs to assist wheelchair users to reach the ground floor in the event of a fire.

There are emergency red phones around the venue at the entrance to every stairwell on each floor for visitors to reach reception during emergencies.

If you require additional assistance in the event of an emergency please let the venue know and they will ensure that they support you in safely leaving the venue with a personal evacuation plan.


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