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Thomson's Land

The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include teaching rooms, art studios and staff offices.

Rooms and Spaces Links

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:30 - 18:30.
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 18:30.
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 18:30.
  • Thursday 07:30 - 18:30.
  • Friday 07:30 - 18:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • This building is located at the Holyrood campus in the centre of Edinburgh, between The Royal Mile and Holyrood Road.
    • 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‚Äôs parking regulations. Permits are available for visitors to the university.
  • By Bus View
    • This building is served by the number 35 bus stopping at the Canongate Kirk bus stop on The Royal Mile, or the number 6 bus stopping at the Hammerman's Entry bus stop on Holyrood Road. Real time travel information is available at the majority of Bus Stops.
  • By Train View
    • The Holyrood site is approximately half a mile from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, the city's main train station. Buses are available from the station to the site.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Holyrood Quad)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located in the centre of the Holyrood Campus.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Moray Nursery School.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • 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 Thomson's Land main entrance.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Thomson's Land Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building in the Holyrood Campus courtyard.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • 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.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is an easy ramp, with no handrails, for access to the left hand corridor on the ground floor.
    • There are level landings along the corridor outside of rooms G.09 and G.10. This ramp can be seen in photographs 4 and 5.
    • 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.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located ahead to the right on entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m 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 right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a staircase to the far end of the left hand corridor, next to the lift (as shown in photograph 3). The stairs are medium height, not clearly marked and have a handrail on the left going up. The staircase only gives access to floors G and 1.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the first and second floor rooms.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the far end of the left hand corridor as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 106cm x 136cm (3ft 6in x 4ft 6in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls are 80cm - 86cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are tactile markings on the door release, stop and alarm buttons.
    • The lift is lever controlled.
    • There is a steep ramp to access the lift on the ground floor (as shown in photograph 4).

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter.
    • 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 sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 129cm x 270cm (4ft 3in x 8ft 10in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 60cm (1ft 12in).
    • 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 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 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • 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 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Female)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor, at the far end of the left hand corridor as you enter the building.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 22m 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.

Standard Toilet(s) (Male)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the left as you enter the building.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 6m 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.