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Route 6: Quad to Cruciform Building

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Access Guide

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  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to the Cruciform Building via Gower Street.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 35m.
  • The route takes only a couple of minutes, dependent on the timing of crossings.
  • The route surface is concrete, block paving, paving slabs, and tarmac.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points (Gower Street) and congested pathways.
  • For further information regarding the Cruciform Building please click here.

Main Quad

  • The Main Quad is located off Gower Street.
  • At the entrance/exit of the Main Quad there are two 85cm wide gates for pedestrians (photographs 7 and 8).
  • These gates are located on either side of the 330cm wide main gate used by both vehicles and pedestrians (photograph 6).
  • There are also bollards located immediately beyond/before the gates as you enter/exit the Main Quad (photograph 6).
  • These bollards have gaps between 90cm-120cm wide.
  • The Chadwick, North-West Wing, North Wing (Slade Building), Wilkins Buildings (including North and South Cloisters) and South Wing can be accessed via the Main Quad.
  • Only the Chadwick, North-West Wing and Wilkins Buildings (except North Cloisters) are accessible via external ramps.
  • Please see the relevant access guides for further information regarding access to these buildings.
  • The majority of the Main Quad has a tarmac surface.
  • The tarmac is loose/uneven in places.
  • There are easy gradients throughout the Main Quad including on the pedestrian pathways.
  • The pathways (photograph 9) consist mostly of block paving and are narrow and uneven in places.
  • There is ample seating available in the form of wooden benches (photograph 10).
  • These are located along the entirety of the pathways.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge bays available within the quad (photographs 11 and 12).
  • These are located on either side of the main building.
  • There is an information point located at the front lodge, on the left hand side of the Main Quad entrance/exit gates (photograph 13).
  • Please see the relevant access guide for further information regarding the front lodge information point.

Main Quad to Gower Street Crossing

  • As you exit the Quad, turn right for 9m towards the Gower Street crossing.
  • The surface here is a mixture of concrete, block paving and paving slabs.
  • The surface is uneven in places.
  • There is a lamp post on the left just before the crossing (photograph 4).

Gower Street Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides of the road.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is even.
  • The crossing is controlled by visual signals.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons.
  • The push buttons are 105cm above the ground.
  • There are not rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Caution is advised when crossing because of traffic.
  • The traffic flow is from both directions.
  • After crossing Gower Street the ramped entrance to Cruciform building is directly ahead.
  • There is a slope with a slight incline at this entrance.

Gower Street Crossing to Cruciform Building

  • After crossing Gower Street the ramped entrance to Cruciform building is directly ahead (photographs 1 and 2).
  • The surface here is paving slabs.
  • There is a slope with a slight incline in front of the entrance to the ramp.
  • The main stepped entrance to the Cruciform Building is a left turn, along for a further 10m, then on the right (photographs 3 to 5).
  • The path surface along this section of the route is tactile paving to begin with, then paving slabs (photograph 3).
  • The path surface is even.
  • For further information regarding access into the Cruciform Building please see the relevant access guide.