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ECA Evolution House

The University of Edinburgh, Central Campus, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

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Introduction

  • Ground Floor - Art and Nature Space, Library Disabled Access
    First Floor - 1.18 John L. Paterson Lecture Theatre, Library, Design Informatics T-Room.
    Second Floor - School of Design Office, Postgraduate Studio, 2.13 Andrew Grant Lecture Theatre, Seminar Space, Study Space, Computer Lab
    Third Floor - Interior Design Studio, Graphic Design Postgraduate Studio, Product Design Postgraduate Studio, Illustration Postgraduate Studio, Postgraduate Office, Design Informatics Research Centre
    Fourth Floor - Graphic Design Studio, Illustration Studio, Crit Rooms, Illustration Staff Room, Office, Helen A Rose Studio Space
    Fifth Floor - Boardroom, Postgraduate Research Study Space.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Central Area is located on the south side in the city centre. Traffic congestion can be a problem and parking is strictly controlled.
    • There are car parks available to the rear of Evolution House, and in front of the Main Building and the Hunter Building. The Transport and Parking Office of the University of Edinburgh manages parking at the University. University car parks are for the use of permit holders only and are subject to the university’s parking regulations.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses from all over the city travel to the Central Area of the university. The majority of buses are operated by Lothian Buses. Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at bus stops across the city. Information panels provided next to each bus stop let you know when the next bus services will be arriving, or if there has been a delay.
  • By Train View
    • The Central Area Lauriston Campus is 0.9 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Station. It should be noted that some of the walking routes may feature paths with steep gradients or steps given the landscape. A taxi can be taken from the station to the site. Edinburgh has rail links throughout the UK. The East Coast mainline, which links Edinburgh and London King’s Cross, is the UK's fastest intercity railway: you can travel between the cities in around 4 hours. Or, if you prefer to travel overnight, a sleeper service runs between London Euston and Edinburgh Waverley 6 nights a week. There are great links to other cities too. The journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle or Aberdeen can be reached in about 2 hours. All trains arrive at Waverley Station in the centre of the city, although some trains also stop at Haymarket, which is a smaller station in the West End.
  • 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.
    • There are no parking charges.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the building.
    • 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) markings are faded.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 400cm (11ft 6in x 13ft 1in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Lady Lawson Street 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 car park surface is block paving.
  • 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 Lady Lawson Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off West Port.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 148cm.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a revolving door located to the left which has a width of 140cm.
    • There is an easy slope in front of the entrance. This can be seen in photograph 6.

Outside Access (Lady Lawson Street Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Lady Lawson Street.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is a small easy ramp beyond the entrance with no handrails and a width of 134cm.

Reception (ECA Reception)

  • ECA Reception is located to your left on entrance between the main entrance and the main entrance ramp.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 16:45.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 16:45.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 16:45.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 16:45.
    • Friday 08:30 - 16:45.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • The stairs are located to your right at the top of the entrance ramp.
    • The stairs are approximately 14m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar set of stairs located down the corridor to your left on entrance. This can be seen in photograph 2. There is another similar separate set of stairs within the library to all floors. The staircase provides the standard stepped access to the library ground floor. This can be seen in photograph 3.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the top of the main entrance ramp.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 133cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 4in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Opening Times (Library)

  • Monday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 12:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.

Entrance (ECA Library)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to your right on exiting the lift on the first floor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There is a set of barriers beyond the entrance with a width of 120cm.
    • There is a similar entrance to access the library facilities on the ground floor step free. This is the same but requires a swipe card to use and is only available to those with accessibility needs.

Reception (ECA Library)

  • ECA Library Reception is located to your right on entering the building on the first floor.
  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the ECA Library entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.

Library (ECA Library)

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large rollerball mouse, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Comments View
    • There is a Reserve/Request Self Collection area that is accessed by barriers with a width of 92cm.

Reception (Undergraduate Reception)

  • Undergraduate Reception is located to your right on exiting the lift on the second floor.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is a bell to attract attention.
  • The bell is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Friday 08:45 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Postgraduate Reception)

  • The Postgraduate Reception is located to your right on exiting the lift on the third floor.
  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 12:30.
    • Monday 13:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 12:30.
    • Tuesday 13:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 12:30.
    • Wednesday 13:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 12:30.
    • Thursday 13:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 12:30.
    • Friday 13:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your left at the top of the entrance ramp.
    • There are a similar toilets in the same locations on the first floor (photograph 2), second floor (photograph 3), third floor (photograph 4), fourth floor (photograph 5) and fifth floor (photograph 6).
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 193cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 4in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is a place to dispose of towels from the dispenser.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to your left at the top of the entrance ramp.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.