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Sanderson Building

The University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Robert Stevenson Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FB

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include laboratories, teaching rooms and staff rooms.

Rooms and Spaces Links

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:45 - 18:30.
  • Tuesday 07:45 - 18:30.
  • Wednesday 07:45 - 18:30.
  • Thursday 07:45 - 18:30.
  • Friday 07:45 - 18:30.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

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

Site/Campus Car Park (Robert Stevenson Road Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front of the building on Robert Stevenson Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Sanderson 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 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 500cm x 420cm (16ft 5in x 13ft 9in).
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders and 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 sloped access to the car park from the side entrance.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the side entrance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the side entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 dropped kerbs on route to the side entrance.
    • The dropped kerbs both have tactile paving.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the right hand side of the building on Colin Maclaurin Road.
    • There is step free 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 111cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • The keycard reader is only used out of normal building opening hours.

Outside Access (Hudson Beare Building Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the left hand corridor leading from the Hudson Beare Building.
    • 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance from the Hudson Beare Building.
    • 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 both sides.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is the accessible entrance for lecture theatre one.
    • This entrance does not give accessible entry to any other areas of the building.
    • For access to all other areas of this building please use the side entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The bell is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The bell is at a height of 146cm.
    • 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 heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 167cm (5ft 6in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located leading to and in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 8 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not 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 in the centre.
  • Comments View
    • There are 7 steps leading to the entrance with a central handrail.
    • There is one step in the doorway with no handrail.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • There is/are 10+ unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the main building from lecture theatre 1 on the ground floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to staff areas.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are located at the front right of the building as shown in photographs 3, 4 and 5 and are in the corridor just past the post graduate office. There is a set of 5 steps down followed by 7 steps down and then 5 steps up to staff offices.
    • 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 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 the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors (Main Entrance Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • The stairs are located along the corridor to the left facing the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 25m from the side entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the ground floor.
    • 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • The handrails do not run continuously as there are pillars on the stairway as shown in photograph 2.
    • As you reach the second landing there are 7 steps that reverse in direction as shown in photograph 4.
    • These 7 steps do not have handrails.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor on the left in the main entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the side 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 99cm x 111cm (3ft 3in x 3ft 8in).
  • 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 not 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.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is in the main entrance foyer which does not have level access.
    • The location of the lift has been surveyed from the side entrance.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the first floor in the corridor to the right as you exit the lift.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is an adjustable shower head.
    • There is a bench seat next to the shower cubicle.
    • There is 1 deep and 1 medium height step to access the shower cubicle and 1 deep step to access the bench seating as shown in photographs 3 and 4.

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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the side entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located along the corridor on the left in the main entrance foyer.
    • 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 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 183cm (5ft 3in x 6ft).
    • 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 91cm (2ft 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 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 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 fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in the main corridor on the left as you enter via the side entrance.
    • 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 13m from the side 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.