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Old Court - Chadwick Room

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.
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  • 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.

Getting To (The Chadwick Room)

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in Old Court, to the right of the main entrance to the Dining Hall.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor lobby and standard toilets.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Chadwick Room'.
    • There is stepped 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 82cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located leading to the entrance (photograph 3).
    • There is/are 3 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 18cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up the step(s).
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do not cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 well marked steps (15cm high) with no handrails beyond the entrance (photograph 4).

Approach (Side Entrance to the Old Court - Bar and Old Court Accessible Toilets)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is stone/concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • The approach from the Old Court is clearly signed.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent, has a slight gradient and has handrails on both sides.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 114cm (3ft 9in).

Outside Access (Old Court - Dining Hall Accessible Entrance and Old Court Toilets)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Old Court, to the right of the main entrance.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor corridor, leading to the Fellows’ Parlour, Chadwick Room and accessible lift to the Dining Hall, Bar accessible toilets, Bar standard toilets and lifts.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Toilets'.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is 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) automatically (away from you).
    • There is a push pad/button to enter and exit the main automatic doors.
    • The entry push pad or push button is 103cm from floor level.
    • The exit push pad or push button is 105cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 96cm.
    • 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) automatically (away from you).
    • The entry push pad or push button is 105cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 96cm.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Ground Floor Corridor)

  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located in the corridor beyond the accessible entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the platform lift, main lift and accessible toilet.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 143cm (4ft 8in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.

Meeting Room(s) (Chadwick Room)

  • Signage for the room(s) is not available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible on or near the door.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is not sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room(s) from the corridor.
  • There is a slight ramp/slope for access to the room(s).
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 143cm.
  • The ramp/slope has handrails on both sides.
  • 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 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 72cm.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Three other rooms are located within Old Court.
    • The Kathleen Lyttelton Room is located above the Porters' Lodge and is accessed via 15+ steps (Photographs 7 and 8).
    • The Arthur Lyttelton Room is located in the southeast corner of Old Court and is accessed via a slight ramp or 4 steps (photographs 9 and 10).
    • Walters Room is located on the ground floor of C Staircase, which is located on the northwest corner of Old Court. There is level access to Walters Room (photographs 11 and 12).

Step(s) (Ground Floor Corridor)

  • Stepped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a/are step(s) located to the right of the platform lift.
    • The step(s) is/are used to access the main lift and accessible toilet.
    • There is/are 3 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
    • There is a platform lift to overcome the step(s).

Lift (Platform)

  • The lift is located ahead when entering the accessible entrance.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the Old Court - Dining Hall Accessible Entrance and Old Court Toilets.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400kg.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • 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 good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 140cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are low to moderate.
  • This lift also gives access to the ground floor lift lobby accessible toilet.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Chadwick/Fellows’ Parlour Corridor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, next to the main lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the accessible entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is poor.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 220cm (6ft 3in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • 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 poor.
    • 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 good.
    • 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 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 cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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 good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) cannot 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 poor.
    • 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 75cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Standard Toilet(s) (Lower Ground Floor - Chadwick Room / Dining Hall)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the lower ground floor, off the Chadwick Room corridor.
    • There is stepped access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the stairs.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • 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 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 well marked steps (15cm high) leading up to the female and male toilets (Photograph 6).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Old Court - Left Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead and to the right when entering the accessible entrance to the Hall.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Old Court - Dining Hall Accessible Entrance and Old Court Toilets.
    • There is ramped/sloped access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared 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 good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 175cm x 200cm (5ft 9in x 6ft 7in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to 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 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 fair.
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • 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 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 142cm 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 cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is fair.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) cannot 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 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 fair.
    • 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 81cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is fair.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet for the Bar is located just inside the accessible entrance to the Dining Hall.
    • For step-free access to the toilets, please exit by the Bar main entrance.

Ramp(s) or Slope(s) (Old Court - Dining Hall/Bar Toilets)

  • Ramped/Sloped Level Change 1 View
    • There is a ramp/slope located on the right when entering the accessible entrance for the Dining Hall and Bar toilets.
    • The ramp/slope is used to access the accessible and standard toilets.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 99cm (3ft 3in).
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Old Court - Dining Hall and Bar)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located ahead and to the right when entering the accessible entrance to the Dining Hall.
    • There is ramped/sloped access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m from the Old Court - Dining Hall Accessible Entrance and Old Court Toilets.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 86cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • These standard toilets for the Bar are located just inside the accessible entrance to the Dining Hall.
      Direct access to these toilets is by exiting the Bar side entrance and into the door directly opposite. This route involves three steps.
      For step-free access to the toilets, please exit by the Bar main entrance.