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reception

Reception

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Each site has a Porters' Lodge.

Main site: The Porters' Lodge is located just off Merton Street.  Pass through the main gateway to the College and through a small archway on your left is the reception desk.  It has a large, lowered desk and is staffed 24 hours a day.

Holywell site: The Porters' Lodge is located just off Holywell Street.  Pass through the main gateway up a cobbled drive and on your left is a semi-circular structure which houses the Porters' Lodge.  It has a window which is quite high for those in a wheelchair it is easy to gain access to the area where the Porter can assist you.  The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day.

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Accessible Bedrooms

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There are accessible bedrooms on both sites, all are en-suite.

Main site:

Grove 2. There is an accessible ground floor room, with large wheel-in shower room.  There is also a ceiling hoist and medical grade bed. All the doors from the outside to the room (including the en-suite) are powered.  Adjacent to this room is a single room with a small lounge/study that could be used for a carer.

The Leonard Cheshire room located in the Mob Quad is also accessible.  There are three doors to pass through that are powered and operated by a fob. Some larger wheelchair users may struggle to enter the room due to the small lobby area, but once inside there is ample space and an en-suite shower room.

Holywell site:

There is an accessible ground floor room, located in Block B in the main quad. The set up is similar to Grove 2 in that it has a large en-suite wheel-in shower room.  There is also a ceiling hoist and medical-grade bed. All the doors leading to the room (including theen-suite) are powered.  Adjacent to this room is a single room that could be used for a carer.

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Kitchens

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There are kitchens located in every part of both sites.

There are no specially adapted kitchens, but they are open plan and spacious.

Examples of typical kitchens are shown below.

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Laundry Rooms

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Unfortunately none of the  laundry rooms on site are accessible to those who need level access. If required, the College will provide assistance with laundry.

Main Site:

There are two laundry rooms. One is based on staircase 5, Rose Lane Quad.  Whilst it is on the ground floor, there is a small step up from outside to enter the ground floor lobby which is not ramped.

There is an additional laundry room located in the basement of staircase 3 of St Alban’s Quad.

Holywell site:

There is a basement laundry located off the main quad.  There are steps down and a railing on both sides. 

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Dining

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The Dining Hall is located in Front Quad and is accessible via a stairlift.  This lift is key operated by staff and you will be escorted by a member of staff.   The Porters are able to help and can be contacted on 01865 276310.

Once at the top of the stair lift, pass through the lobby area to the servery.  The Dining Hall is through a doorway on the left hand side.  Once inside, there are fixed tables and seats which can be moved away for those who need wheelchair access.  The top table is on a stage but a temporary ramp can be used when necessary.

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JCR

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The JCR is located on the ground floor of staircase 2 (St Alban’s Quad).  This space is up a small flight of steps from the quad itself although level access is available via a door off Merton Street where a stairlift can take wheelchair users down to the main room. On the opposite side of the lobby is the JCR TV room and kitchen which are both level access. Regular users will be issued with a key and instructed how to work the lift.

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MCR

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The MCR is located up one flight of stairs in staircase 4 of Front Quad.  This area is inaccessible to wheelchair users.  Where possible, the College will organise events in accessible spaces to accommodate users’ needs.

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Other Social Spaces

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There are some additional spaces that fall outside of the typical JCR/MCR/bar construct.

Main site:

The Music Room is located on the start of the pathway to the raised walk along the college walls. Unfortunately access is only via a small flight of steps.

Holywell site:

There is a Summer House which is accessible via a ramp.The Kristofferson Common Room (KCR), a basement common room in Block A, is accessible via a platform lift.

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Bar

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The bar is located in the basement between Front Quad and St Alban’s Quad.  Good news though - it is accessible via a ramp! It’s a bit steep, so approach with caution.  Once inside, there is a mix of flexible and fixed seating.

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Gym

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The gym is located in the Rose Lane end of the site. The gym has level access with a ramp up to the door.  Some users might find it tricky to open the door on the ramp.  Once inside, it consists of one big room with equipment.  There are areas where the equipment is quite tightly packed so some wheelchair users might struggle.

There is a changing area located in the gym too with a large toilet and showers that some mobility impaired users may be able to use.

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Sports

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The Sports Ground and Pavilion are located at the rear of St Catherine’s College along Manor Road.

The main block is level access with a ramp up from the cark park and again to the door.  Some users might find it tricky to open the door on the ramp.  Inside, it has male and female changing rooms, showers and a large double height hall for social events.

The changing rooms are spacious, but there are no accessible changing or shower facilities on site.

Adjacent to the main building are the squash courts, with single step access.  

There is no lift on site, so those with mobility issues are restricted to ground floor facilities.

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Chapel

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The Chapel is located through Mob Quad and can be reached by passing through Front Quad from under an archway then taking a straight path through the right-hand edge of Mob Quad and passing out the other side.The entrance to the Chapel is on the right.  The flag-stones have been remodelled to allow level access although some users might find it a bit steep.

There is a small wooden lobby area inside the Chapel. Pass through these doors and you are in the Chapel space.  There is a level change to head into the main vestibule of the Chapel which has ramp access.  There is quite a difference in height, so some users may want assistance. 

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Library

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The main site has two library spaces: Mob Library and the Old Warden’s Lodgings.

Mob Library:

The lower floor of the library is fully accessible. There is ramped access via the front door into the main reading room which is located on the right-hand side in the lobby area and accessed by a key fob.

At the right-hand end of the library, within the end reading room, is a small computer cluster.

Old Warden’s Lodgings:

In order to reach this library it is necessary to cross Merton Street which is cobbled.  There is stretch of smoothly laid cobbles from directly outside the Lodge to the pavement leading to Old Warden’s Lodgings.

The majority of this building is taken up with library space, however a number of tutors and others have offices there on the top two floors. The main entrance from Merton Street is up a small flight of steps but there is an alternative, accessible entrance at the rear. All entry is controlled by key fob.  There is a central staircase which runs up the height of the building, but no lift, so those who cannot manage stairs are restricted to the ground floor. The library staff can assist as necessary.

The book shelves are quite tightly packed and some reading tables and desks could be obstacles to those who use wheelchairs.  There is also an accessible computer room located on the ground floor. 

The Librarian can be contacted on 01865 276380.

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TS Eliot Theatre

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The TS Eliot Theatre is located at the Rose Lane end of the main site.  It can be accessed from Rose Lane itself or via the main entrance to the College on Merton Street (if you don’t mind a stroll).  For those who are mobility impaired it’s a convoluted route via the gardens - be warned!  The gate to the gardens is not always open, and so it is best to check with the Porters on arrival.

Once inside the lobby area, there is an informal seating area and an occasional servery located behind large sliding doors.

To reach the lecture theatre, there are entrances to the right- and left-hand side.  Once inside, there is tiered seating with steps leading up either side of the seats.  Wheelchair users can sit at either the front or the rear as there is a lift located to the left hand side of the main lobby adjacent to the stairs. 

There is also level entry directly into the theatre from a parking space at the end of Rose Lane. 

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Gardens

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Merton has  extensive and beautiful gardens.

The gardens can be accessed from both the main Porters’ Lodge and the Rose Lane end of the site.  To access the gardens directly from Merton Street, there is key fob access via a gate (the ‘late gate’) where ramped access leads down to the Fellows’ Garden.  From here there are pathways leading to Rose Lane, and up the raised walkway along the boundary wall.  Unfortunately access to the raised walk along the College walls is only via a small flight of steps.  All the level pathways in the garden are a compressed, hard-core surface and should be manageable for wheelchair users.

For level access to the gardens from the complex of old quads, pass via Fellows’ Quad.  The gate to the gardens is not always open, and so it is best to check with the Porters on arrival.

 

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Seminar Rooms

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Merton College has many seminar rooms of different sizes and ages. Whilst some of the rooms in the older areas of the College are not accessible, there are some situated on the ground floor.  All of the seminar rooms in the TS Eliot Theatre Complex are accessible and vary in size too.  

Most seminar rooms have moveable furniture.  If a user has  specific needs, some of the rooms could be set up accordingly

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Stairs

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The site has grown over many centuries and as such has a mixture of stairs.

In total, there are more than 30 staircases. Below is a selection of images to try and represent the mix.

Where possible, the College has provided railings and tactile edgings and contrast nosing to aid those with visual and mobility impairments. 

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Doors

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The site has grown over many centuries and as such also has a mixture of doors.

Around the site, important doors have been powered to allow easy accessibility where possible.  The Porters can issue a key fob that will operate them.

Some of the older doors are heavy and wooden, and those with strength issues might require assistance.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 2
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Level
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Yes
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes