Chemistry Research Laboratory

Department of Chemistry

exterior of chemistry research lab

This building is fully accessible.  There are bookable parking spaces available which should be reserved in advance.  Please contact, or call 01865 285000.



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Parking spaces are available for the CRL, but must be booked in advance by contacting reception on 01865 285000.  If you are visiting a staff member, they should also be able to book you a space; remember to collect your permit from reception!  There is plenty of space to park, but please watch out for bicycles, as the forecourt is a busy shared area.  Parking in Oxford is limited, but see the map below for city-owned spaces. 

City Centre Parking Map (725kb)

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 The main entrance to the building is up a set of three shallow stone steps with a central handrail.  There is also a ramp situated in front of the bike shed, which has no handrail, and might be a bit narrow for some.   Once up the ramp, turn right to reach the main entrance door.  The main door is a glass cylindrical automatic door.  There is quite a lip up into it, so please take care.  A security gate on the left hand side of reception provides access to the rest of the building.  There is a swing gate next to it for wheelchairs, and this is operated from reception.  

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There are two passenger and two goods lifts in the building.   On the ground floor, the passenger lifts are located on the left hand side of the reception waiting area.  These are glass lifts with an internal rail, tactile buttons, and voice information, but there is no braille.  They are large enough for power wheelchairs.  These lifts will continue to work out of hours, although response times will be longer.  The goods lifts are located at the opposite end of the ‘dirty corridor’ from reception, between staircases two and four.  These are the large lifts which are used for transporting chemicals and equipment.  They have both braille and voice information. 

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Standard Toilets

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There are four blocks of standard toilets on each floor, divided into two pairs.  One pair is on the central ‘dirty corridor’, and one off the lift lobby.  There are Men's and Women's toilets in each pair, and each has a cubicle with grabrails. 


Accessible toilets

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 The accessible toilet for visitors is located off the atrium café on the lower ground floor.  Exit the lift and turn left to reach the café, and the toilet is about halfway along the long wall on the right hand side.

 For those with department access, there is an additional accessible toilet on the central ‘dirty corridor’ of each floor, by the emergency showers.  To get to the one on the ground floor, go over the connecting bridge from reception and past the first set of write-up spaces and research labs.  Turn right into the central corridor, and the toilet will be on your left hand side.  This is the same layout on all floors. 

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Hearing support system

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There is no hearing support system in the building. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Opening times

Monday-Friday - 8.00-17.00
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.
August Bank Holiday long weekend.


Inaccessible areas

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Good news - there aren't any!


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) No
Main entrance Level
Door entry Automatic
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system No