Old Road Campus Research Building Page 2

reception

Reception

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The reception desk is on the right hand side as you enter through the main doors, and it has a reduced height section.  If you entered through the lower entrance at the back of the building, follow the ramp to the top, and reception will be on your left.  Please note that departments do not have their own individual reception, so all enquiries should be made at the main desk.

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stairs

Stairs

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 There are four sets of stairs in the ORCB, which are located roughly in the four corners of the building.  The main staircase leads directly up from the ground floor atrium area.  This has contrasting nosing and continuous handrails on both sides.  One of the back staircases is used primarily as a fire escape, and light levels are low, although there is contrasting nosing and continuous handrails on both sides. 

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doors

Doors

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 Not surprisingly, the doors vary widely over such a large building!  The majority of commonly used doors have long visual panels.  Two exceptions are the first of the two doors leading to the accessible toilets, and the door of the Ludwig Institute common room.  Obviously, some laboratory doors also have no visual panels.  There is a mixture of single and double-leaf doors in the building, and these are not usually held open. 

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library

Reading Rooms

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The Knowledge Centre library is based on the ground floor of the Old Road Campus Research Building.  Please see the Knowledge Centre page here for more details. 

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Labs

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Primary labs - Space between lab benches is generally good, and the rear bench in every lab has a height adjustable section.  Not all equipment will be at a suitable height for wheelchair users, but the department in question would be more than happy to discuss individual requirements if needed.  Hand and eye wash stations in primary labs are at an easily reachable level, and the taps have long paddle handles.

Glass wash - There are glass wash rooms on each floor.  The door to the glass wash room on the lower ground floor has no visual panel.  The benches might be high for some wheelchair users, but the glass wash machines themselves are reachable.

Autoclave - The autoclave suite on the lower ground floor is managed by staff, so lab users just need to drop off and pick up their equipment.  There is plenty of space to move around, and the lower equipment shelves are fully accessible.

Workshop – There is also a workshop for the building on the lower ground floor.  This is open from 8am to 3pm during building opening hours, and is always staffed.  There is plenty of space to move around in the room, but none of the equipment is accessible for wheelchair users, and it is only used by workshop-trained staff and researchers.

Goods In – The ‘Goods In’ area is also in the basement.  This is accessed through a barn style door with visual panels.  Supplies are then stored in rolling stacks.  These are very narrow, so while they are accessible for manual wheelchair users, there is no room to turn around once inside them.  The small ramp at the entrance to the stacks should be negotiated carefully – especially when coming out backwards!  This area is staffed between 8am and 4pm, and the staff are very friendly and happy to help when required. 

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seminar room

Seminar Rooms

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Oncology has three meeting room spaces on the lower ground floor (71A, 71B and 71C).  These are all fully accessible, with moveable furniture, although the door to 71C is quite heavy.  There is also an accessible meeting room with moveable furniture on the second floor.  The Institute of Biomedical Engineering has a seminar room on the first floor.  Again, this has moveable furniture, although space might be tight around the edges of the room.  Office spaces are generally open plan, and also have moveable furniture. 

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Accessible Computers

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 There are a few small clusters of accessible computers outside the Knowledge Centre in the main atrium of the building.  These have moveable office chairs, and plenty of circulation space around them, but no height adjustable desks.

The Oncology also has a ‘hotdesk’ area on the lower ground floor, where several computers are arranged in rows.  The chairs provided are moveable, although there are no height adjustable desks.  Please note that both the main atrium area and the Oncology computer cluster are situated in open space with high ceilings.  This means that they have the potential to be noisy at busy times.  

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common room

Common Rooms

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There are common areas throughout the building.  The largest of these is the main atrium (Terrence Donnelly atrium), which has an area with armchairs as well as the café and its seating.  Whilst the armchairs are probably too heavy to move, there is space between them, and the furniture in the café area itself is moveable.

The other main common spaces in the building are located on the landing areas of the building.  The first floor landing area has sofas and a coffee table, and there are armchairs and a small table on the second floor landing.  This furniture is moveable, although the sofas might be a bit too heavy!

The Ludwig Institute has its own common room on the lower ground floor.  This has a large table, moveable seating, and a kitchenette area.  The work surface here is at waist height, and could be a bit high for some.

Individual offices and research spaces also have their own kitchen areas.  We have not managed to visit all of these, but the ones we have seen were fully accessible!  Please let us know if you are a staff member or researcher and have any further comments!

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cafe

Café

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The Terrence Donnelly café is in the ground floor atrium area.  Pass through the turnstile, turn right, and go all the way to the end of the building to reach the counter.  This does not have a reduced height section, but the staff are very happy to help.  Once you have your refreshments (we recommend the cake!) the moveable seating is very flexible, so everyone will be able to find somewhere suitable to sit. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 2
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 12
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes