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Biological and Biomedical Sciences

University Science Site, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include undergraduate and research labs and meeting and seminar rooms. Biological and Biomedical Sciences is made up of two buildings: the main building and the Integrative Cell Biology Laboratory Building. They are separated by a courtyard but are linked by a bridge on level 2.
  • Related link Psychology.
  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/en/access-guide/psychology-1

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Durham.
  • The nearest mainline station is Durham.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the left of the main entrance.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a car park by the rear entrance, shown in photograph 4.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the main building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 137cm (4ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 1 of the building.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance, and in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the back of the main building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance and in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a set of steps leading from the rear car park to the steps in front of the entrance.
    • There are 6 medium height steps with a handrail on the right.
    • This set of steps can be avoided by going out of the car park and onto the road, to the path leading to the rear entrance.

Outside Access (Level 1 Access to the Integrative Cell Biology Lab)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the far left corner of the main building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).

Level Change (Level 1 Access to the Integrative Cell Biology Lab)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers can charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Other Floors (Main Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 0, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located beyond the main reception, in the main corridor.
    • The stairs are approximately 24m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Main Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building, by the rear entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 0, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 31m (33yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 134cm x 133cm (4ft 5in x 4ft 4in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Other Floors (Integrative Cell Biology Laboratory Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1-2.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the Integrative Cell Biology Laboratory Building.
    • The stairs are approximately 26m from the Integrative Cell Biology Laboratory Building Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • Level 2 can be accessed using the lift in the main building and the link bridge.

Level Change (Link to Psychology)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located just inside the link to Psychology.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • The link to Psychology is located on the right hand side of the main entrance atrium as you enter.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear right of the main entrance lobby.
    • There is an identical toilet on level 2.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 199cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 6in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 0, opposite the lift.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • These toilets contain 1 ambulant cubicle with 1 horizontal grabrail fitted.
    • The door to the ambulant cubicle opens outwards.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.