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Portaferry-Teaching Laboratory

Queen's University Marine Laboratory, 12-13 The Strand, Portaferry, Newtownards, BT22 1PF

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • There has been no changes to parking or the Blue Badge parking bays.
  • The majority of buildings have one way systems which are clearly marked on floors and walls.
  • Some buildings have entry doors and exit doors with signage clearly displayed.
  • Some buildings have an entry door and a separate exit door, all marked with floor signage.
  • Hand sanitisers are available outside each teaching room.
  • Mobile sanitising stations are located at; Main Site Tower, Peter Frogatt Centre, MBC, David Keir Building and Ashby Building.
  • Teaching rooms have been allocated a maximum number of occupants which is marked on the doors.
  • Signage around social distancing has been introduced across all buildings.
  • All main reception desks now have Perspex screening.
  • Lifts are still in action and can go up or down. Most have an occupancy of 1 person.
  • Accessible toilets are still in use.
  • Standard toilets are marked up with a maximum number of users allowed.
  • Some shower cubicles have been closed off.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .


Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Portaferry Campus is located on The Strand opposite the Portaferry to Strangford Vehicle Ferry. From Newtownards you follow the A20 south towards Mount Stewart/Portaferry, as you reach Mount Stewart continue on A20 through Greyabbey and Kircubbin until you reach Portaferry. As you enter Portaferry follow the signs to the Portaferry/Strangeford Ferry as you progress through the town centre. You will come to the Strand with the car ferry opposite. The Portaferry Campus is on your right opposite the car ferry. The distance travelled on the route is 20.9 miles.
    • The property has parking at the front of the building for 4+ cars with 1 Blue Badge bay to the rear of the building.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is on the Square in Portaferry Town Centre. This bus stop is a short distance from the Portaferry Campus at 0.2miles. From this bus stop you can get the number 510 or 10 towards either Belfast or the number 9,10 and 10b towards Newtownards.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway station is at Bangor 22.9 miles away. From Newry railway station you can get direct trains to Belfast, Dublin, Portadown, Newry and Lisburn on Translink Northern Ireland.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, students and visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of the building with the accessible parking space next to accessible entrance.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 490cm (11ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is concrete.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Level Change (Stairs From Bankhouse/Minaki to the Teaching Laboratory and Wave Basin Laboratory)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located opposite the accessible entrance into Bankhouse/Minaki building.
  • There is/are 15+ 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 deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is a hand rail on the right midway up the stairs.
    • There is a gravel path leading to the entrances after the stairs as shown in photograph 5.
    • There is ramped access available to both the Teaching Laboratory and the Wave Basin Laboratory via the RNLI lifeboat station next door. Please ask in advance and access can be arranged.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 2 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 deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • For the nearest accessible toilet please refer to the Portaferry-Bankhouse/Minaki guide.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • For the nearest standard toilet please refer to the Portaferry-Bankhouse/Minaki guide.