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Pembroke College

Trumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1RF

Access Guide

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Getting To and Around Pembroke College

  • Arriving By Car or Bike View
  • By Bus View
  • By Train View
  • Accessing the College Site View
    • The main pedestrian entrance to the College site is located in Trumpington Street (Photograph 1). Access is via a level pedestrian double gate that has the left hand gate held open from early in the morning to early in the evening. At other times you would need a key or key card. The opening width of the gateway is 126cm.
    • Pedestrians can also access the site via another double gate just a little further south along Trumpington Street, opposite Little St Mary’s Lane (Photograph 2). For this gate you need to use a key card at all times. The height of the key card reader is 100cm. At this gate it’s the right hand gate that opens giving a width of 75cm. It has to be opened manually and this might be difficult for some people. This entrance is also level but the Trumpington Street pavement can be uneven in places (Photograph 3).
    • There is a third pedestrian entrance on the opposite side of the site in Tennis Court Road (Photograph 4). This is a single gate that you need a key card to open. The gate opens away from you (push) and may be difficult for some people to open. The opening width is 98cm and the height of the card reader is 102cm. There is a 4cm lipped threshold in this gateway and also a very short uneven slope immediately beyond it.
  • Getting Around the College Site View
    • After accessing the Pembroke College site the external access around the various courts and green spaces is mostly open and level but there are some stepped and/or ramped sections. There is a network of paths which are mostly wide (150cm+) but some are narrower (approximately 90cm) and path surfaces do vary. The paths that run around the largest green space (Bowling Green and Garden) have gravel surfaces that may not be suitable for some wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments. In other areas paths tend to have flagstone paving surfaces (which may be slightly uneven in places) and there are also some cobbled areas between main paths (Photographs 5-14).
    • There are 6 steps in the passage between Old Court and Ivy Court. The first 4 steps (leading up to the passage) have handrails on both sides but the next 2 (leading down from the passage) do not. There is also a ramp, with a steep gradient, that can be used to bypass the 2 steps leading down (Photograph 15).
      There is a single step up onto the green outside the Red Building.
      There are 3 steps leading up to the path outside the Chapel but there is also a ramp, with a slight gradient, that bypasses them (Photograph 16). There are 4 steps leading up to M Stair from Ivy Court. These steps have a handrail on the left going up (Photograph 17). There is similar set on the opposite side of Ivy Court outside J Stair. Steps along external circulation routes do not have markings.
    • If approaching the Garden via a gateway outside the Library there is a short steep slope on the approach (Photograph 18). Between the Garden and the Bowling Green there are some short temporary ramps which are 80cm wide with a steep gradient. Another ramp is located on the path leading into New Court (Photograph 19) and also one outside BB in the far corner of Foundress Court.
  • Additional College Site Information View
    • Many of the buildings at Pembroke College have stepped access into and around them (Photographs 20-23). Due to the age of the buildings the staircases do vary in materials and layout. The height and depths of steps are not uniform and neither is lighting, handrail provision/type or step markings. Please see our Detailed Access Guides for further information on access to buildings.
    • There is not much directional signage around the site which means those unfamiliar with the layout will need an escort or a map to reference.
    • Accessible toilet facilities are located opposite the Nihon Room.

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Staff Only)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Tennis Court Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are AA and BB.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is step free access from this car park.
    • Buildings are not clearly signposted from this car park.
    • There is not a campus map available within the car park.
    • There is a covered section with a cobbled surface (Photographs 1 and 2) which is situated underneath AA. The access road leading into this area has a steep gradient and is also cobbled (Photograph 3). The remainder of this staff car parking area is the open area to the rear of V, W and X which has a block paving surface (Photograph 4).

Accessible Toilet(s) (The Nihon Room - Right Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in the household corridor opposite The Nihon Room.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Nihon Room building entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial, ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’ and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is low.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 78cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is low.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is low.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 198cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush 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 low.
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is high.
    • 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 female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a fixed horizontal rail without a padded backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is low.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is low.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is low.
    • 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 117cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is high.