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Faraday Building

The University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Colin Maclaurin Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3DW

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Introduction

  • School of Engineering
    Ground Floor: Engineering Teaching Organisation
    First Floor: Institute for Energy Systems, UK.
  • Energy Research Centre
    Second Floor: Institute for Bio-Engineering
    Third Floor: Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, RenewNet
    Fourth Floor: Institute for Energy Systems.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:30.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:30.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:30.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:30.
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • This building is located at the King's Buildings campus off the Mayfield 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 67 bus stopping at the Hallhead Road 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

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front of the Faraday Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Faraday Building.
    • 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) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 357cm x 485cm (11ft 9in x 15ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by permit 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 ramped/sloped or stepped access to the car park from the Faraday Building.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the Faraday Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 23m (25yd 6in) from the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • Permits are available for staff, students and visitors. Please contact the University for further information.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the car park, next to Hudson Beare Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 117cm (3ft 10in).
  • 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 (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar entrance opposite this one, between Faraday and Alrick Buildings, without steps.

Outside Access (Fleeming Jenkin Building Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the building, adjoining the Fleeming Jenkin Building.
    • 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 132cm (4ft 4in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 147cm (4ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located between the first and second set of doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (First Floor Alrick Building Right Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right hand side of the building, on the first floor, linking to the Alrick Building.
    • 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 heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 113cm (3ft 8in).
  • 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.

Outside Access (First Floor Alrick Building Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, on the first floor, linking to the Alrick Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • 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 steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives direct access to the rear stairwell.
    • There is a pillar which reduces the width of the ramp to 109cm.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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 some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Entrance (Engineering Teaching Organisation Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor in the lift lobby, to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is one set of manual, heavy, double doors between the main entrance and this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 136cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • The height of the push pad to enter is 95cm.
    • The height of the push pad to exit is 90cm.

Reception (Teaching Support)

  • Teaching Support is located to the left as you enter Engineering Teaching Organisation.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Engineering Teaching Organisation 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating in the teaching support reception area.
    • The seating does not have armrest.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:00 - 13:15.
    • Monday 13:45 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 13:15.
    • Tuesday 13:45 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 13:15.
    • Wednesday 13:45 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 13:15.
    • Thursday 13:45 - 17:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 13:15.
    • Friday 13:45 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Student Support)

  • Student Support is located ahead as you enter the Engineering Teaching Organisation.
  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Engineering Teaching Organisation 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 medium.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating in the student support reception area.
    • The seating does not have armrest.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 10:10 - 12:00.
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 10:10 - 12:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 10:10 - 12:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 10:10 - 12:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 10:10 - 12:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are similar stairs to the rear of the building which gives access to floors 1-2-3-4 only (shown in photographs 4, 5 and 6).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the main entrance, opposite the stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 medium.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the first floor and the third floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the second floor and the fourth floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor, in the main corridor to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 5m from the lift.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The toilets on all floors are in the same location as the toilet surveyed.