21 Banbury Road

Department of Materials

This building is partially accessible.  As there is no lift, only the ground floor is accessible if you need level access.  A pillar by the main staircase means that it’s not possible to access all of the ground floor in a wheelchair, although you can reach the seminar room and some research labs.  The main entrance is stepped, but there is level access around the side of the building. 



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There is one accessible parking space and some departmental parking spaces available.  The department parking spaces are at the front, and the Blue Badge space is around the back of the building to the left.  It would be helpful if you could book a parking space in advance by contacting Ashley Brown on ashley.brown@materials.ox.ac.uk or 01865 273756.



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The main entrance to the building is up a couple of steps with no nosings or handrails, and through a pair of manual double doors.  The level entrance is just across the car park from the accessible parking space at the rear.  If you have parked at the front of the building, go around the building to the left to reach the car park.  The accessible entrance will then be on the far right hand side.  There is a platform lift to reach the level of the entrance, which can be called from either the top or bottom of the steps.  The level access door is powered, and is opened using the low level swipe card system on the right hand side. 

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Accessible toilets

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The accessible toilet is on your left immediately as you enter the building from the level entrance. 

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Hearing support system

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There is no hearing support system available. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Mon-Fri   8.00-17.30


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.


Inaccessible areas

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The upper floors are inaccessible for people requiring level access.  You can only access part of the ground floor if you use a wheelchair, due to a pillar by the main stairs which creates a narrow space.  This means that some offices and labs are inaccessible.


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to not_applicable No
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system No