Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Department of Chemistry

The main entrance archway of Inorganic Chemistry from the road

All of main building areas are fully accessible, but entrance to the Abbot’s Kitchen meeting room is narrow.  Please be aware that this is a working laboratory building.  As such, there is frequently equipment being moved or temporarily stored in corridors.



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 University owned parking is available opposite the level entrance in Robinson Close.  The department has one allocated space which should be reserved in advance by contacting the Building Manager at or (01865)272603.  Further parking might be available elsewhere in the science park if this space is taken, but please ask in advance. 

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 The main entrance to the building faces South Parks Road.  Go through the archway and turn right to reach the main door.  This is up a small flight of steps with a handrail on the right hand side (ascending) and no nosings.  The door is swipe-card access, but there is an intercom on the right hand side which connects to reception.  The main doors are wooden double doors with visual panels.  These are followed by another set of double doors.  Both are opened manually, and the space between them is tight.  

Level access to the building is via the entrance in Robinson Close.  There is a tactile ramp with handrails on both sides, or you can use the steps with contrast nosings (also with handrails on both sides).  Again, there are two sets of double doors here!  The first have no visual panels, and are operated manually with swipe card access.  The second set of doors has visual panels, but there is not much space between them.  There is no intercom on this entrance, so please contact reception in advance on (01865) 272600 if you think you might need a hand!  The level access entrance will bring you out in the main ground floor corridor, close to the lift. 

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The main lift in the building services all floors, including the second and third floor mezzanine areas.  This is on the right hand side of the level entrance.  If you have come in via the main entrance, turn left.  The lift is right at the end of the corridor on the left hand side.  There is a second lift at the Abbot’s Kitchen end of the building, in order to provide more convenient access to this meeting room.  This lift only covers the basement, ground and first floors.

The lifts are only to be used between 8.00 and 17.00

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Standard Toilets

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There are Men’s toilets on the basement, ground, and first floors.  Women’s toilets are on the ground and second floors.  These toilet blocks are located opposite the main lift, and outside the lecture theatre on the ground floor. 


Accessible toilets

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 The accessible toilet is in the basement, down the corridor to your left as you exit the main lift.  Please be aware that space could be tight for some wheelchair users!

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hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a portable induction loop for use in the main lecture theatre.  Please collect this from reception. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 8.30-16.00

Vacation time

Monday-Friday 8.30-16.00


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 Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 1
Hearing support system Yes