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Student Accommodation - MCB Staircase Q1

Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9AN

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Getting To and Around Robinson College

  • Arriving By Car or Bike View
    • Robinson College is situated in Grange Road, to the west of the centre of Cambridge. Grange Road runs between Barton Road and Madingley Road. The best way to approach the College by road from the north, south or east is from Junction 12 of the M11.
    • The only onsite parking at the College is the underground car park which is for staff, fellows and visitors only. Parking at the College is only available for visitors by prior arrangement with a fellow or member of staff. Students are not permitted to use cars in the immediate locality unless given permission based on specific requirements. There is some limited on-street parking around the College including Herschel Road.
    • Cycling is a popular form of transport in Cambridge. The city is relatively flat and there is an extensive network of cycle routes available.
    • For more information on getting to Robinson College by road please click here (opens new tab).
    • For more information on getting to Robinson College by bicycle please click here (opens new tab).
  • By Bus View
  • By Train View
  • Accessing the College Site View
    • The main pedestrian entrance to the College site is located in Grange Road. Access is via a wide and long ramp (approximately 27 metres) that leads up to an open gateway. There are no resting areas along the ramp and it has a steep gradient towards the top (photographs 1 and 2). There is a handrail on the right hand side going up. The width of the open gateway at the top is 220cm. The main entrance gives access to Front Court which is an open space from which walkways lead off to other areas. The Porters’ Lodge is also located at the top of the ramp.
    • Staff and students with key cards also have the option of accessing the site via an alternative entrance which is also located off Grange Road. This entrance is known as the Bin Brook Entrance and it has 10 steps leading up to it (photographs 3 and 4). The steps are spaced out (tread depths are approximately 125cm) which may not be suitable for some people. The steps are not marked and have handrails on both sides. This entrance gives access to the Umney Theatre Suite.
    • The only other way to access the site would be via the underground car park and the Long Court lift but this would only apply to staff and visitors.
  • Getting Around the College Site View
    • The main part of the Robinson College site consists of a large red brick building that has external walkways from which the various service and accommodation areas can be accessed (photographs 5-8). To the rear of the main building are the Gardens where some additional standalone buildings are located such as the Crausaz Wordsworth Building and some College Houses and Rooms.
    • The external walkways in the main building all have the same red brick block paving surface and are level. From Front Court (photographs 5 and 6) the walkway to the left is called Herschel Court (photograph 7) and this is where some of the accommodation is located. To the right is the main walkway which is called Long Court (photograph 8) and it is from here that a lot of the main service areas can be accessed.
      There is also an external walkway on the level above Long Court which is called High Court (level 1). Access to High Court is via 18 external steps (photograph 9) with handrails on both sides. The step markings have faded. These steps can be avoided by using the internal lift in the Umney Theatre Suite (photograph 11). High Court also has the same red brick block paving and is level although there are some narrower walkways (92cm – 130cm) along the sections outside P, W and X Stairs (photographs 12 and 13).
    • To access the Gardens you have to go down to -1 level. The lift in the Umney Theatre Suite can be used for this. Alternatively, there is an external stepped walkway from the rear of the Umney Theatre Suite. The steps are spaced out similar to those at the Bin Brook Entrance. There are 10 steps with handrails on both sides. To gain level access to some other service areas on -1 in the main building it may be necessary to use the lift off Long Court which is located next to Stair K. There are some steep slopes along corridors on -1 such as the one leading to the Garden and Seminar Rooms and toilets.
      There is network of paths leading to the key areas around the gardens. After exiting the Umney Theatre lift there are some sloped walkways, with slight gradients, leading outside towards the Bin Brook footbridge (photograph 16). From the footbridge onwards the external paths are mostly flat. The surface of the paths varies between non-slip (footbridge across Bin Brook), tarmac (towards Auditorium), flagstone paving (towards Crausaz Wordsworth Building) and loose chippings (towards Maria Bjornson Outdoor Theatre). There are many bench seats along the routes and in the gardens for resting.
      Just after the footbridge there is also a stepped route to a bench seating area cut into the bank, next to the brook (photographs 21 and 22). There are 4 steps to access this area although it could also be accessed via the grass bank from the larger garden area. There are generally grass slopes in the gardens of varying gradients (photographs 23 and 24). There is a steep slope at the end of the path leading to the Maria Bjornson Outdoor Theatre.
      The flagstone paving on the path leading to the Crausaz Wordsworth Building is slightly uneven in places. At the end of the path there is stepped access up to the building (photograph 25). An enclosed platform lift can be used to overcome the steps (photograph 26).
  • Additional College Site Information View
    • There is stepped access into and between floors in some of the Robinson College building areas (photographs 27 and 28). Many of these can be bypassed by using the lift in Long Court or the Umney Theatre Suite. Please see our Detailed Access Guides for further information on access to buildings and services.
    • There is extensive directional signage around the college to assist those not familiar with the site (photographs 29-32). Accessible Toilet facilities are available on ground level (between Linnett Room/The Chapel and in the Umney Theatre Suite) and also on -1 level (outside the Garden/Seminar Rooms). Please be aware that the layout and size of these toilet cubicles might mean they are not suitable for all users.

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Staff, Fellows and Visitors)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Herschel Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Dining Hall (via lift) and Porters' Lodge (via stairs).
    • The car park type is underground.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 198cm (6ft 6in).
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • There is/are 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 220cm x 445cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays do not have a marked zone around them.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and visitors.
  • 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.
    • The nearest designated bay is 80m (87yd 1ft) from the Long Court lift.
    • There are a set of manual double doors between the car park and the lift (Photograph 8).
      The right hand leaf is locked which means the opening width is restricted to 72cm.
      The door opens towards you (pull) and has a closer so may be difficult for some people to open.
      After the manual doors there is also a steep downwards slope in the corridor leading to the lift.

Getting To (Student Accommodation - MCB Staircase Q1)

Outside Access (Umney Theatre Suite)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the far end of Long Court.
    • This entrance gives access to the Umney Theatre Suite.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 173cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Lift (Umney Theatre Suite)

  • The lift is located in the Umney Theatre Suite foyer.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the Umney Theatre Suite entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 600kg.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is high.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is high.
  • The clear door width is 89cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 149cm.
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are moderate to good.

Outside Access (Block Q)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off High Court.
    • This entrance gives access to Block Q.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Q Keep Door Closed'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building via lift(s).
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • There are corridors/walkways with a surface width of less than 120cm (excluding any permanent obstructions over a small distance).
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is tiles.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are provided in some corridors/walkways.
    • There is high colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • There are no seats/chairs at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Safe Place(s) View
    • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in communal areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the communal areas of the building.
  • Comments View
    • There is a door to a rear balcony with a width of 60cm on the ground floor (Photograph 3).
    • There is a door to a front balcony with a width of 76cm on the first floor (Photograph 4).

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the Block Q entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • There are 14 steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Kitchen/Dining Area

  • The kitchen/dining area is accessed by a single door with an opening width of less than 75cm.
  • The door is not push pad activated.
  • Lowered work surfaces are not available.
  • The kitchen does not have an unobstructed floor space of at least 150cm × 150cm.
  • There is not a knee recess under a work surface.
  • There are low level cupboards.
  • There are easy to grip handles or taps for cupboards.
  • There is a step with a height of 8cm to access the Kitchen (Photograph 2).

Accommodation

  • Accessible Room Information View
    • This type of accessible room is located on the first floor.
    • There is not step-free access to this type of accessible room.
    • Residents do not need to open a door between the lift and the room(s).
    • The room surveyed does not have an adjoining room.
  • Accessible Room Features View
    • The accessible room surveyed is located to the left of the building on the first floor.
    • The accessible room surveyed at the time of the visit was Q1.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible room surveyed.
    • The colour contrast between the external room door and wall is high.
    • The door is manual with a key lock.
    • The keyhole height is 100cm.
    • The width of the door is 75cm.
    • There are not lowered spy holes available.
    • The colour contrast between the internal room door and wall is high.
    • The bed height is not adjustable.
    • The height of the bed is 55cm.
    • The measurement between the bed base and floor is 26cm (10in).
    • The bed is not moveable.
    • The room does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm next to the bed.
    • A member of staff can reconfigure the room furniture to create a turning space of 150cm x 150cm next to the bed.
    • The height of the desk is 71cm.
    • The desk is not height adjustable.
    • The desk knee recess has the recommended dimensions of 70cm (height) x 50cm (depth).
    • The room surveyed had a desk chair without armrests.
    • Wardrobes have not been adapted to allow use from a seated position.
    • Light switches are not between 75cm and 120cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • Electric sockets are between 40cm and 100cm (4ft) from floor level.
    • The window control type(s) for the room is a/are standard lever(s).
    • The window controls are at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not an emergency alarm in the room.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
    • The type of flooring is carpet.
    • The colour contrast between the room walls and floor is high.
    • The lighting levels in the room are good.
  • Bathroom Facilities View
    • This information relates to the ensuite.
    • The colour contrast between the external bathroom door and wall is high.
    • The bathroom door opens inwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the door into the bathroom is 85cm.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
    • The colour contrast between the internal bathroom door and wall is high.
    • The dimensions of the bathroom are 180cm x 212cm.
    • The bathroom does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The bathroom has a non-slip floor.
    • The colour contrast between the bathroom walls and floor is high.
    • There is an emergency alarm within the bathroom.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm in the ensuite is within reach and fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the bathroom.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • There is a/are general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf immediately next to or behind the toilet.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin 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 74cm.
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps do not have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is not a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The lighting levels in the bathroom are good.
  • Toilet Details View
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is high.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 76cm.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is high.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet, the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • Bath Details View
    • There is a small lip which may prove to be a trip hazard on entering the bathroom (Photograph 5).
  • Shower Details View
    • The ensuite has a wheel in shower.
    • The shower head is height adjustable.
    • The shower control type is lever.
    • Shower controls have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is no seat for the shower.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available for the shower.
    • There are not horizontal and/or dropdown rails available on both sides of the shower seat.
    • There are two vertical grab rails to assist standing users.
    • The colour contrast between the shower wall-mounted grab rails and wall is high.