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Hydra Café

Craiglockhart Building, Craiglockhart Campus, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 15:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 15:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 15:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Craiglockhart Campus is located to the south west of the city centre area where parking is still strictly controlled.
      The nearest main roads are the A70 to the west and the A702 to the east which link the city bypass to the city centre.
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    • There is a campus car park off Glenlockhart Road to the front of the building for permit holders and visitors with Blue Badge bays to the side of the Craiglockhart Building.
      There is on-street parking in the surrounding streets. Parking charges may vary depending upon which side of the street is used, see signage for details and restrictions.
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  • By Bus View
    • Several Lothian Buses services from the city centre stop close to the campus.
      Services 4, 10, 27 and 45 stop on Colinton Road at the "Craiglockhart Campus" bus stop.
      Service 36 stops on Glenlockhart Road at the "Craiglockhart Campus" bus stop.
      There is no direct bus service from Edinburgh Airport to the campus.
      Service 100 from the airport (Stance D) stops at Haymarket Station.
      Transfer to Dalry Place, and take Service 4 to "Craiglockhart Campus".
      Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at the majority of bus stops across the city.
      Information panels provided next to the majority of bus stops let you know when the next bus services will be arriving, or if there has been a delay.
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  • By Train View
    • Slateford station is just under a mile from the campus.
      Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations are situated in the city centre.
      From Waverley Station Lothian Buses 4 or 10 from Princes Street or 45 from North Bridge link to the Craiglockhart Campus.
      From Haymarket Station Lothian Bus 4 from Dalry Road links to the Craiglockhart Campus.
      Edinburgh has rail links throughout the UK.
      The East Coast mainline links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross in around 4 hours.
      Glasgow is about 45 minutes by train. York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in about 2 hours.
      All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.
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  • By Tram View
    • The nearest Tram station is Balgreen Tram Station, 1.9 miles from the campus, linking to the Airport and the City Centre.
      Haymarket Station is more convenient with a direct bus link, by Lothian Buses route 4.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Craiglockhart Campus - Car Parks A to G)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in front and to the sides of the Craiglockhart Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Craiglockhart Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the main entrance and accessible entrance.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the building.
  • Comments View
    • The parking is divided into 7 car parks, A to G.
    • There is Blue Badge parking and a drop off area in Car Park H to the right side of the building.
    • A parking permit is required to park in the university car parks. There is an annual charge for parking permits.
    • Visitors, apart from Blue Badge holders, are requested to contact the university in advance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front left of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a path at the base of the ramp that gives slight sloped access to the Blue Badge parking in Car Park H and drop off area.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the front right of the building near the Blue Badge parking.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • 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.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Chapel Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 1 at the rear of the old building next to Chapel Dining.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 82cm (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 single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the step(s).

Entrance (Hydra Café)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 1 in the Old Building main corridor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There are two sets of similar doors at this location.

Eating and Drinking

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the refectory.
    • The refectory is located on level 1 in the Old Building main corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the refectory.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables can be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Staff can read menus to customers if requested.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 90cm.
    • The height of the tray counter/rail is 84cm.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Payment Counter View
    • The height of the counter is 106cm.
    • The height of the tray counter/rail is 92cm.
    • There is not a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the lowest dining table is 69cm.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the highest dining table is 73cm.
    • There are also bench seats.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is laminate.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Other Floors (Standard Toilets)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 0, 1.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter the café.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the Hydra Café entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are male and female standard toilets.

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located between the stairs and the toilets corridor.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 129cm (4ft 3in).

Level Change (Male Standard Toilets)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the corridor to the male standard toilets.
  • There is/are 3 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 not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Old Building - Level 1 - Hydra Café / Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1 in the Old Building, to the left as you enter the café.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 90m (98yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is poor.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 270cm x 236cm (8ft 10in x 7ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary, nappy/incontinence items bin and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 127cm and 186cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The toilet has a backrest and a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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 102cm (3ft 4in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 95cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Accessible Shower View
    • The shower does have an unobstructed minimum 150cm x 150cm turning space.
    • There is a shower unit with a detachable shower head.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The adjustable shower head cannot be placed between 105cm and 185cm when mounted.
    • There is a flip-down/tip-up seat for the shower.
    • The seat/chair is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the flip-down/tip-up or fixed seat is 53cm (1ft 9in).
    • There are not horizontal and/or dropdown rails available on both sides of the shower seat.
    • There is a vertical grab rail for the shower.
    • The colour contrast between the vertical grab rail(s) for the shower and wall is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm for the shower.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 98cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a mobile hoist available in this accessible toilet and shower.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 0 - Hydra Café)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located on level 0 to the right at the bottom of the stairs, room 0.47.
    • There is ramped/sloped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m from the Hydra Café stairs.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is an additional female single cubicle room 0.46 (photographs 4 and 5).
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The male toilet is located at the end of the corridor to the right at the bottom of the stairs room 0.42.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m from the Hydra Café stairs.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 83cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is an additional male single cubicle room 0.45 (photographs 9 and 10) next to the female standard toilets.