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The University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, James Hutton Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Teaching rooms, laboratories, EMMAC laboratories, Hutton Lecture Theatre and Offices.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • This building is located at the King's Buildings campus off the West Mains Road in South Edinburgh.
    • 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 38 bus stopping at the Mayfield Road bus stop on West Mains Road, or the number 24, 29, 42 and 67 buses stopping at the Rankin Drive bus stop on Mayfield Road.
  • By Train View
    • The King's Buildings site is approximately three miles 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

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 490cm x 600cm (16ft 1in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • 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 in front of the building, accessing the building at level 2.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 126cm (4ft 2in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on both sides as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 4 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear left of the building, giving access to level 2, opposite KB House: EUSA.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 122cm (4ft).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 117cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 60cm (1ft 12in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the right going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 145cm (4ft 9in).

Outside Access (EMMAC Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building accessing level 1 and the EMMAC laboratories.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • A key code is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is not 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The door has a push bar to exit.

Reception (Servitors Desk)

  • The Servitors Desk is located between the two sets of doors at the main entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the the main entrance, between the two sets of doors.
  • 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 good.
  • 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 not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to rooms 137 - 144.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • The level change consists of ten steps connected to the left staircase. The five steps closest to the lift have no handrails, but the next five steps have handrails on both sides.
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to Room 201 Hutton Lecture Theatre from level 2.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The stair lift overcoming these steps was out of order at the time of survey (December 2021).
    • 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 good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Lift (Hutton Lecture Theatre)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left on entering the builing next to the main lift.
  • The lift is a stair lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 225kg.
  • The lift is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 79cm x 125cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 1in).
  • There are 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 enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of survey (December 2021) the lift was out of order.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The stairs are located to the rear of the building.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar set of stairs to the left of the building from levels 1, 2, 3. This can be seen in photograph 2. There is a staircase in the entrance foyer as you enter serving levels 2 and 3. This has medium unmarked steps with a handrail on the right. This can be seen in photograph 3. There is a similar staircase to this one to the right of the building, though it has it's handrail on the left going up as seen in photograph 4. There are staircases from floors 3-4. There is one to the right of the building with a handrail on its left going up. The staircase with the handrail to the right can be seen in photograph 5. There are other similar stairs to the middle-front of the building on level 3 which go up to room 4.02 only.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left on entrance via the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • 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 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 120cm (3ft 11in x 3ft 11in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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 good.

Reception (IT Helpdesk)

  • IT Helpdesk is located to the rear right of level 1.
  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the 2.01 Hutton Lecture Theatre Lift from Level 1.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not 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 low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Reception (Undergraduate Office)

  • The Undergraduate Office is located to the front of the third floor.
  • The desk is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not 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 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.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level 2 and 3 in the rear corridor - left tranafer.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on level 2 - rear corridor on level 3 - front corridor on level 1 - rear right of the building by the EMMAC laboratories.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on level 2 - front corridor on level 3 - front corridor on level 3 - rear corridor.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 2 - Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet was out of use at the time of the survey.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 2 in the rear corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • 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 good.
    • The door opens by sliding (Bi-Fold).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • There is no lock for the toilet door.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 255cm x 208cm (8ft 4in x 6ft 10in).
    • 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 150cm (4ft 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.
    • 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) to the left of the toilet and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is not 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 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.
    • 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 height of the toilet roll holder is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 104cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second wash basin 71cm high with lever mixer tap and soap dispenser 100cm high on the left of the cubicle out of reach of the WC.
    • There is very similar accessible toilet in the same position on level 3 (photographs 8 to 12) which was also out of use.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on level 2 to the left as you enter, off the front corridor.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female toilet is located on level 2 in the rear corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 65m from the main entrance.
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar toilet facilities on level 3, but with the female toilet off the front corridor and male toilet off the rear.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 1 - EMMAC)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on level 1 to the rear left of the building, in the EMMAC corridor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 25m from the EMMCA entrance.
    • 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 86cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Standard Shower (Level 2)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located in the standard toilets on level 2.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is a deep 20cm step to access the shower.
    • There is a similar standard shower on level 3 in the male toilet facilities rear corridor (photographs 5 and 6).
    • There is a similar standard shower on level 3 in the female toilet facilities front corridor (photographs 7 and 8).