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Cripps Court - Diamond

Selwyn College, Grange Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9DQ

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Getting To and Around Selwyn College

  • Arriving By Car or Bike View
    • Selwyn College is located to the west of Cambridge city centre. The vehicle entrance to the College is located in Grange Road. There are various Park and Ride schemes for people who would prefer to not drive into central Cambridge.
    • Students are generally not permitted to use cars in the immediate locality unless given permission based on specific requirements. The main parking area is located off Grange Road. There is also a car park outside the main entrance which is reserved for Fellows. Students with disabilities may be able to arrange for a parking permit with the College. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the College in advance and a parking space will be reserved.
    • Cycling is a popular form of transport in Cambridge. The city is relatively flat and there is an extensive network of cycle routes. At Selwyn College there are many sheltered cycle stands available next to the Old Library, the Ramsey Murray Gate, and at the rear of Cripps Court. There are also a number of unsheltered cycle stands next to the main entrance and the hostels.
    • For more information on getting to Selwyn College please click here (opens new tab).
    • For more information on cycle routes and maps in Cambridge 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 double pedestrian gate (photograph 1). This entrance has one gate which may be locked at specific times, and another permanently held open with an opening width of 149cm. There is a second set of double gates at this entrance, one gate is locked, the other is permanently held open and has an opening width of 103cm (photograph 2).
    • Pedestrians can also access the site via the Ramsey Murray Gate which is a pedestrian entrance situated in West Road. This gate is for key holders only (photograph 3). The gate opens away from you (push), may be difficult for some users to open, and has an opening width of 120cm. The height of the key lock is 86cm.
      There are similar gates which key holders can access located in Grange Road giving access to Ann's Court (photograph 4) and the cycle sheds (photograph 5), in Sidgwick Avenue giving access to Old Court (photograph 6), and within the grounds of the Sidgwick Site giving access to the Gardens (photograph 7).
    • The main pedestrian access to Cripps Court is located in Grange Road. This access is via a single pedestrian gate (photograph 8). The gate has a locked extension leaf and opens automatically away from you. The gate opening width is 90cm. The gate is unlocked by key card or key. The height of the key card reader is 100cm. The height of the key lock is 112cm.
  • Getting Around the College Site View
    • If you have accessed the College site by vehicle and parked in the main car park or Ann's Court car park there is step-free access to the main pedestrian entrance. There are bollards on the path leading from the main car park to the main pedestrian entrance which reduces the width of the path to 135cm (photographs 9 and 10).
      If you have entered the grounds via the main pedestrian entrance, you will have direct access to the network of paths around external areas of the Selwyn College site. The site is mostly level with wide paths (150cm+), but path surfaces do vary. The paths that run around the large central grass area of Old Court have a flagstone paving surface which may be uneven in places (photographs 11-14). Other areas have surfaced paths of various types such as flagstone paving, tarmac, and loose gravel (photographs 15-18).
    • There is stepped access to the Lower Lawn and Gardens. The steps have a partial handrail on the right as you face the 6 steps (photographs 19 and 20). There are alternative steps to access the Gardens with handrails on both sides (photograph 21). The external parts of the site are otherwise step-free except for access into buildings.
    • There is step-free access throughout Cripps Court. The surface of the path is concrete paving tiles and may be uneven in some areas (photograph 22).
  • Additional College Site Information View
    • Some of the buildings at Selwyn College have stepped access into and around them (photographs 23-27). 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. There are some buildings which have been adapted to make them step-free, including access ramps to bypass external steps (photographs 24-28) and internal lifts to access other floors. Please see our Detailed Access Guides for further information on access to buildings.
    • There is directional signage around Old Court (photograph 29) and in the centre of the college between Old Court and St Anne's Court (photograph 30) additionally maps are available online and from the porter's lodge to aid getting around the college. Accessible toilet facilities are located within the bar toilets, in the lobby to the Chadwick Room, in the corridor outside the Fellows’ Parlour, on the ground floor of B staircase, in the Diamond and College Gym, and on the ground floor of Staircase J, close to the MCR.

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Main Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in Grange Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Porters' Lodge and Old Court.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors and student permit holders.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Accessible parking can be reserved with advance notice.
    • Parking in this car park is strictly by prior arrangement.

Site/Campus Car Park (Ann's Court Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in Grange Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Ann's Court.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors and student permit holders.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Accessible parking can be reserved with advance notice.
    • Parking in this car park is strictly by prior arrangement.

Site/Campus Car Park (Fellows' Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in Grange Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Porters' Lodge and Old Court.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Parking is for Fellows' and visitors with mobility impairments only.
    • Parking in this car park for visitors is strictly by prior arrangement.

Building Parking (Cripps Court)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff and visitors.
    • The car park is located to the rear of Cripps Court.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The car park is located off Grange Road.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Cranmer Road.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Getting To (Cripps Court - Diamond)

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • This entrance gives access to the entrance foyer.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'The Diamond Cripps Court'.
    • 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.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • There is a push pad/button to enter and exit the main automatic doors.
    • The entry push pad or push button is 100cm from floor level.
    • The exit push pad or push button is 100cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.

Meeting Room(s)

  • Signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible on or near the door.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room(s) from the corridor.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 68cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • The room does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • There is a kitchen counter in the room at a height of 131cm (Photograph 8).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Female Toilets - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in the female toilets, ahead as you enter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a female toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is low.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 80cm.
    • 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 high.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 205cm (5ft 3in x 6ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The 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 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 high.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is high.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • 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 disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 165cm from the floor.
  • 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 backrest and a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is high.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is high.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is high.
    • 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 93cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hand dryer outside the cubicle at a height of 102cm.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Male Toilets - Left Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in the male toilets, ahead as you enter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a male toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is high.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is high.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is high.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 225cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 5in).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 high.
    • 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 high.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is high.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the toilet.
    • 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 backrest and a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is high.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is high.
    • 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 are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is high.
    • 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 91cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hand dryer outside the cubicle at a height of 96cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located ahead as you enter.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is high.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 82cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • There are accessible cubicles in both the female and male toilets.
      The female toilets can be seen in photographs 1 and 2.
      The male toilets can be seen in photograph 3 and 4.
      There are no standard toilets in the male area, only urinals.