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Geography (Old Infirmary)

The University of Edinburgh, Central Campus, 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Institute of Geography, teaching rooms, meeting rooms, quiet spaces, laboratories, postgraduate and staff offices.

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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.
    • A number of University car parks are located in the Central Area. 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. Permits are available for visitors to the university.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses from all over the city travel to the Central Area of the university. The University also provides a shuttle bus for staff and students between the Central Area and the King's Buildings. The majority of buses are operated by Lothian Buses. Up to the minute "real time" bus timetable information is now available at the majority of bus stops across the city. Information panels provided next to the majority of bus stops let you know when the next bus services will be arriving, or if there has been a delay.
  • By Train View
    • The Central Area of the university is 0.7 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. 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.
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Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (High School Yards)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at High School Yards off Infirmary Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Old Infirmary Building, ECCI, Old Surgeons Hall, Chisholm House, 9-11 Infirmary Street and 13 Infirmary Street.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 3 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 610cm (12ft 2in x 20ft).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access to the car park from the Infirmary Street.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Old Infirmary Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Two of the designated Blue Badge bays are located directly outside the entrance to High School Yards Boiler House.
    • The designated Blue Badge bays do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The route from the parking bays to the accessible entrance of High School Yards Boiler House is accessible, with assistance, as the surface is cobbled.
    • There is an option to drop off at the door of the following buildings, where ramped level access is available:
    • ECCI
    • High School Yards Boiler House
    • Institute of Geoscience (School of Geography)
    • There is pay and display standard on street parking available along Infirmary Street (as shown in photographs 4 and 5).
    • The standard bays are 190cm wide and 500cm deep.
    • There is a maximum 4 hour stay.

Site/Campus Car Park (Drummond Street)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Drummond Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Old Infirmary Building, Drummond Annexe and 1-7 Roxburgh Street.
    • 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 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 470cm x 470cm (15ft 5in x 15ft 5in).
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Drummond Street.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Geography (Old Infirmary) Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Geography (Old Infirmary) Building.

Drummond Street to Drummond Street Car Park Level Change

  • There is sloped or stepped access from Drummond Street into the Drummond Street Car Park.
  • The slope bypasses the steps.
  • The vehicle entrance into the car park is the sloped access point for pedestrian use (as shown in photographs 1 and 2.
  • The slope has an easy gradient.
  • There are a total of 6 medium steps with no handrails leading down from Drummond Street into the Drummond Street Car Park (as shown in photograph 3).
  • There are two gates prior to the steps (as shown in photographs 4 and 5).
  • The first gate is 95cm wide.
  • The second gate is 120cm wide.

Site/Campus Car Park (Robertson Close Lower and Upper Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off High School Wynd (Lower) and Robertson Close (Upper).
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Old Infirmary Building, ECCI, Old Surgeons Hall, Chisholm House, 9-11 Infirmary Street and 13 Infirmary Street.
    • The car park type is multi storey.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 200cm (6ft 7in).
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff permit holders and student permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the both High School Wynd and Robertson Close entrances.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the 9-11 Infirmary Street Building.
  • Comments View
    • The vehicle entrances to both car parks (as shown in photographs 1 and 3) are automatic and accessed via key fob
    • There are also coded gates for access on foot.
    • There is a set of 15+ stairs linking the two car parks internally (as shown in photograph 5).
    • There is a 95cm wide gate in front of the stairs within the Robertson Close Lower Car Park (as shown in photograph 6)
    • Pedestrian access to Robertsons Close car park is up steep narrow paths with uneven surfaces.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 in front of the entrance.
    • 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 not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Outside Access (Level 1 (Basement) Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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.
    • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to level 4 having exited the lift.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2-3-4.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter via the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 25m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a stairwell located beyond the main entrance, in the lobby area, that provides access between levels 2 and 3 (as shown in photograph 5).
      There is an additional staircase located to the left of the building as you enter that provides access between levels 1 and 2 (as shown in photograph 6).
      There is an additional set of stairs located in the centre of the building on level 3, that provides access between levels 3 and 4 (as shown in photograph 7).
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are Geddes Room, Darwin Room and staff offices.
  • Comments View
    • There are manual heavy single doors to access the stairwell on levels 1, 3 and 4.
    • There is one set of pushpad operated double doors to access the stairwell on level 2.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter via the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 135cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 5in).
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The levels of the building are labelled as 1-2-3-4.
    • The lift controls are labelled as 0-1-2-3.
    • The lift controls do not match up with corresponding levels.
    • Level 0 in the lift is level 1 of the building (basement).
    • Level 1 in the lift is level 2 of the building (ground).
    • Level 2 in the lift is level 3 of the building (first floor).
    • Level 3 in the lift is level 4 of the building (second floor).
    • There are manual heavy double doors to access the lift on level 1.
    • There are pushpad operated double doors to access the stairwell on levels 2 and 3.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead as you enter via the main entrance, towards the rear of the building.
    • 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 230cm x 400cm (7ft 7in x 13ft 1in).
    • There is 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is not a toilet roll holder.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The toilet roll is located on the window ledge to the left as you face the toilet.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on level 1 (the basement) of the building.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are female standard toilets located on level 1 (the basement) of the building.
  • There are male standard toilets located on the stairwell landings between level 1 (basement) and level 2 (ground floor) of the building.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the main stairwell landing area between level 2 and level 3.
    • 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.