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Merchiston Lecture Theatre - A.17

Merchiston Building, Merchiston Campus, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • There are several lecture theatres throughout the building, A17 being the largest.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Merchiston Campus is located to the south west of the city centre area where parking is still strictly controlled. The nearest main roads are the A702 or the A70 to the north which link the city bypass to the city centre.
    • There is a small car park including some Blue Badge designated bays to the rear of the Merchiston Building, off Mardale Crescent. There is on-street parking to the front of the main building on Colinton Road and in the surrounding streets. Parking charges may vary depending upon which side of the street is used, see signage for details and restrictions.
  • By Bus View
    • The majority of buses are operated by Lothian Buses. Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at the majority of bus stops across the city. All buses are described as easy access and have designated wheelchair space. Bus route 45 serves the Colinton Road bus stops. Alternatively the Holy Corner bus stops on Bruntsfield Place A702, about 300m from the campus, are served by bus routes 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 45, 101, 101A, 101S, 102, 102S, and night buses N11 and N16.
  • By Train View
    • Merchiston Campus is 1.2 miles from Haymarket Station, and 2.1 miles from the central Edinburgh Waverley Station. Edinburgh has rail links throughout the UK. The East Coast mainline links Edinburgh to London King’s Cross. There is also a sleeper service. There are also major links to other cities across the country, including express services to Glasgow, and links to York, Newcastle, Manchester, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, while many also stop at Haymarket in the West End.
  • By Tram View
    • Regular trams run between York Place in the city centre and Edinburgh Airport. The nearest tram stop to the Merchiston Campus is at Haymarket, next to the railway station.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the main building, off Mardale Crescent.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Merchiston Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 372cm x 400cm (12ft 2in x 13ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is level access to the car park from the Merchiston Building accessible rear entrance.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Merchiston Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 62m (67yd 2ft) from the accessible rear entrance.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Merchiston Campus car park.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the main building, off Mardale Crescent.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 375cm x 490cm (12ft 4in x 16ft 1in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Colinton Road.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 240cm x 490cm (7ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Colinton Road and Mardale Crescent.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
  • Comments View
    • A parking permit is required to park in the rear University car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the central courtyard.
    • 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 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • 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 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • 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 or 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 in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 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 clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • To access the courtyard area from the front of the building on Colinton Road there is an easy ramp leading down with handrail on both sides.
    • The ramp through the courtyard tunnel is 120cm wide, shown in photographs 7 and 8.
    • There are 5 clearly marked steps which the ramp bypasses on either side of the library entrance to the courtyard here.
    • The steps offer handrails on both sides and tactile paving at the top.
    • Photographs 9 and 10 show the separate steps.

Outside Access (Accessible Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building, to the lower floor, level A.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 127cm (4ft 2in).
  • 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 the right going up the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • There are 15+ steps up to the main entrance courtyard area to the right of this entrance.
    • This entrance provides access to the Triangle Restaurant and lift 4, which bypasses the steps.
    • Lift 4 leads up to level B (main entrance/reception level) and Upper B level.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to level upper B / level B.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a standard lift which overcomes the steps.
    • Photographs 9 and 10 show these steps to the left as you enter the main entrance. Lift 4 to the rear of the foyer overcomes these steps.
    • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to rooms B55A and B55B.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • Photographs 11 and 12 show these steps at the rear of Upper B level. There are also standard toilets on the left beyond the steps.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Corridor A.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • Photographs 13 and 14 show these steps to the front left of the building on Upper B level. A wheelchair stairlift overcomes these steps.
    • There are no doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Hearing loops are fitted in the main lecture theatres. There are also portable hearing loops available.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are height adjustable tables available in some classes.

Lift (Lift 4 - Entrance Foyer)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter via the main entrance, to the rear of the foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A, B and UB.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg, 8 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 135cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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 moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The lift is 6m from the accessible rear entrance on the lower floor.

Lift (Lift 2 - Right)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, C, D, E, F, G and H.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 900kg, 12 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 172cm x 120cm (5ft 8in x 3ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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 moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is on the right of the bank of 2 (lift 5 is on the left)
    • Controls have both numbers (G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and corresponding letters for the levels (B, C, D, E, F, G, H).

Lift (Lift 5 - Right)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter on level B main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, C, D, E, F, G and H.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 525kg, 7 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 136cm x 89cm (4ft 6in x 2ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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 moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is on the left of the bank of 2.
    • Controls have both numbers (G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and corresponding letters for the levels (B, C, D, E, F, G, H).

Lift (Lift 3 - Left)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the building, on the Upper B level, in the link block.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A, UB and C.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg, 13 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the lift (lift 4, lobby).
  • 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 132cm x 152cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 12in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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 good.
  • Comments View
    • Floor C can also be accessed from the main lift which would bypass using lift 4 in the lobby from B-Upper B level.

Other Floors (Right Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 30m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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.
    • There are similar stairs at the front right of the building.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are alternate male and female standard toilets on staircase landings.

Other Floors (Left Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are A, UB, C, D, E.
    • The stairs are located to the left front of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 140m from the lift 5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, double doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a second similar staircase at the front left of the building. There are similar stairs serving A, UB, and C to the left as you enter via the main entrance in the centre and rear of the building.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Jack Kilby Computing Centre)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the central courtyard.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • 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 155cm (5ft 1in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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 132cm (4ft 4in).
  • 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.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • The second entrance doors are touch pad operated.
    • There is a third set of doors similar to the second which are 159cm wide.
    • This entrance provides step free access to the accessible toilet and the front area of the computing centre only.

Lift (Stairlift - Jack Kilby Computing Centre)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the Main Entrance - Jack Kilby Computing Centre.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Level B, UB.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 230Kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance - Jack Kilby Computing Centre.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 82cm x 105cm (2ft 8in x 3ft 5in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access to standard toilets, Level A corridor, workshop block and Lecture Theatre A.17.

Lift (Stairlift - Front Left Level A)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in corridor A, front left of the building, A15.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A and UB.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 230kg.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Stairlift - Front Left Level B.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 82cm x 105cm (2ft 8in x 3ft 5in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Location of Room(s)

Entrance (Lower Floor/Front Seating)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the rear corridor accessed via the platform lift/steps.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).

Lift (Platform Lift - LT A.17)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the far left of the building, at the rear of lecture theatre A17.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are A and UB.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400kg, 5 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 128m (139yd 2ft) from the lift (lift 4).
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, opens outwards and may be difficult to open.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 103cm x 148cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does 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 good.
  • Comments View
    • This lift leads to the upper rear of the lecture theatre A17 and rooms, B68a, B68b, B69a and B69b.

Entrance (Upper Floor/Rear Seating Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right from the lift.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The main 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

Lecture Theatre(s)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The designated spaces for wheelchairs users are located at the front.
  • There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 80cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • The lectern is height adjustable.
  • The lectern cannot be adjusted between the recommended heights of 80cm and 110cm (lowest part).
  • There is (staggered) tiered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the (staggered) tiered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 70cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The room does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • The speakers desk has an adjustable height central lectern section.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest accessible toilet is located within the main building entrance foyer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilets are located within the main building on each level.