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reception

Reception

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The reception is directly opposite the entrance door.  There is a reduced height section on the right hand side.  Through the access barriers to the left of reception, there is a waiting area with small tables and swivel armchairs. 

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Stairs

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There is a core staircase in each corner of the building, and a staircase which connects the ground floor to the atrium café at lower ground level.  All of these staircases have handrails on both sides, and contrasting tactile nosings.  All staircases are open tread, so please take care.  Access to the stair cores is through two heavy fire doors with narrow visual panels.  One of the doors to stair core three (nearest to the ground floor common room), has one side on hold-open, so this might be the best one to use if you find heavy doors a struggle. 

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Doors

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 There are various types of doors in the building.  The doors at either end of the bridge are glass, but not too heavy.  The heaviest doors are the sets of two doors which separate the stair cores from the corridors.  These have long handles and narrow vison panels.   The door to the basement meeting room is a glass double door, and there are two wooden doors to pass through to get to the Wolfson seminar room on the lower ground floor, which are also quite heavy.

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Seminar Rooms

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The Wolfson seminar room is located on the lower ground floor.  Exit the lift, and the seminar room is through the door on your right.  There are moveable chairs, with plenty of space to move around the outside of the room.   The presentation area is level, and you can reach the AV desk from a wheelchair.  This room has a projection screen and flipboard.

There is a meeting room in the basement, which is also on the right hand side as you exit the lift.  This has glass doors which open onto the corridor, a large central table, and moveable chairs (some of which have arms).  Those with larger wheelchairs might find the space ‘round the edge of the room a bit tight.  The lighting in this room can be adjusted using a dimmer switch.

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Common Rooms

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The common room for department members is located on the ground floor.  Exit the lift, turn left, and cross the bridge towards the labs.  Carry straight on past the write-up space and the first row of labs, and the common room will be on your left, almost directly opposite the end of the ‘dirty corridor’.  The common room has fixed chairs and some small moveable tables.  There are vending machines in one corner and a worktop with a sink and microwave.  This is standard height, but the tap is reachable from a wheelchair.

Breakout spaces are situated in the lift lobby of every floor apart from ground.  These have a coffee table, and fixed armchairs.  Some also have a tea point with the work surface at waist-height, however, it’s not too much of a stretch to reach the tap from a wheelchair!

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Café

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The Atrium Café is located on the lower ground floor, and provides hungry researchers with a range of different meals, drinks, and snacks.   Exit the lift and turn right to reach it.  There is a staffed servery counter on the right hand side, and while this has no lowered section, it’s a reasonable height for wheelchair users.  The ‘self-serve’ coffee machine is a bit of a stretch for boiling liquids, but you can also get hot drinks at the servery, where the staff are very happy to help.

There are rows of long tables and moveable chairs in the atrium, and the height of the tables is good, but might be tight on the knees for some wheelchair users!  As there is so much glass and concrete in the building, the atrium, while collaborative, can get quite noisy.  If you are a member of the department, you are welcome to eat in the common room if you fancy somewhere a little quieter.  Please do not eat in the write-up spaces.  There is a disabled toilet off the right-hand side of the café. 

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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