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GC/Harris Lecture Theatre

Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus, Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1UL

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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 no designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • 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 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 lecture theatre(s) ranges between 70cm and 73cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) 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 front of the lecture theatre is accessed by 2 platform lifts from the basement, overcoming 4 medium, marked steps with a handrail on the left hand side going up in front of the entrance (as shown in photograph 2), and then 8 deep, marked, steps with a handrail on the right beyond the entrance (as shown in photograph 3).
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 4 shows the entrance on the ground floor, leading to the rear of the lecture theatre.
    • All seating is at a height of 46cm.
    • The front row has armrests on both sides (as shown in photograph 7).


  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the bottom of the stairs leading from the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 225kg.
  • The lift is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the accessible entrance lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 126cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 2in).
  • 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
    • There is another platform lift, located just inside the entrance to the lecture theatre, 3 metres from the first lift (as shown in photograph 3).
    • This has the dimensions 80 x 101cm, and a weight limit of 225kg.
    • There are telephones, 120cm high, located by both lifts to call for assistance.