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University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Introduction

  • Basement floor - print room café
    Ground floor - south wing committee room, south wing council room, UCL institute of advanced studies and digital media laboratory
    First floor - maps faculty office, Garwood Lecture Theatre, UCL earth sciences, UCL natural sciences office, slash seminar rooms, institute of advanced studies seminar rooms
    Second floor - UCL earth sciences, UCL institute for risk and disaster reduction.
  • The South Wing connects into the South Junction of the Wilkins Building on the Lower Ground, Ground, First and Second Floors. The South Wing connects with the Chadwick Building on the Ground and First Floors.
  • Related link Chadwick Building.
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  • Related link Wilkins Building.
  • Https://www.accessable.co.uk/ucl/access-guides/wilkins-building

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • UCL is based in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Most of the buildings are close to the Euston Road (A501) and are located within the Congestion Charge Zone.
    • There is on street parking available on some of the streets in and around the UCL area.
  • By Bus View
    • There are many bus routes that stop close to the University buildings. The following bus routes stop on Gower Street, outside the main gate:-
      10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station)
      14 (Putney Heath to Warren Street Station)
      24 (Hampstead Heath to Pimlico)
      29 (Wood Green to Trafalgar Square)
      73 (Victoria Bus Station to Stoke Newington)
      134 (North Finchley Bus Station to Tottenham Court Road)
      390 (Archway Station to Notting Hill Gate).
  • By Train View
    • Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross stations are close to the majority of the University buildings. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The closest tube stations to Gower Street are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). There are many other tube stations in the vicinity of the University, including King's Cross St Pancras, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street.
  • 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 visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located within the Main Quad.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 600cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the South Cloisters 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 concrete.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The other Blue Badge bay is located just in front of the ramp to the octagon entrance to the Wilkins Building (as shown in photograph 3).

Other Floors (South Junction)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located in the South Junction.
    • The stairs are approximately 23m from the South Cloisters entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • 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 is a similar staircase in the North Cloister.

Lift (South Junction)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in South Junction.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the South Cloisters entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 200cm x 128cm (6ft 7in x 4ft 2in).
  • 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 have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not 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.

Entrance (Wilkins Building Ground Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in South Junction.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar entrance on the basement floor that opens both ways, is heavy and has a width of 124cm (as shown in photograph 2).
    • There is a similar entrance on the first floor that is automatic and opens towards you with a width of 140cm (as shown in photograph 3).
    • There is a similar entrance on the second floor that is also automatic with a width of 138cm (as shown in photograph 4).

Entrance (Chadwick Building South East Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of Chadwick Building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 106cm (3ft 6in).
  • 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.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is one set of automatic double doors and one heavy single door between the Chadwick Building south east entrance and this entrance to the South Wing.

Entrance (Chadwick South Wing First Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the south stairwell on the first floor.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 95cm (3ft 1in).

Outside Access (South Quad)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the South Quad.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • 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 6 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are five steps in front of the entrance and one at its base.

Outside Access (Print Room Café)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off South Quad.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 2 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access via the Wilkins Building basement entrance into the café. This entrance provides access to the café through a single door that opens away from you, is 100cm wide and is permanently held open. This can be seen in photograph 4.

Eating and Drinking (Print Room Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Wilkins Building basement entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 46cm (1ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • The standard height for tables is 76cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot food and snacks.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 12A IAS Visiting Researcher on the first floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps are shown in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 12B on the first floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps are shown in photograph 2.
    • 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing loop is located within Garwood Lecture Theatre.

Eating and Drinking

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the café.
    • The café is located off the south quad on the ground floor.
  • Service and Menus View
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Menu types include; written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does play background music.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
    • There is not a portable card machine available for payment.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 110cm.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 71cm.
    • There are also coffee tables, high tables, sofas and high stools.
    • No tables are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood and laminate.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the south junction of the Wilkins Building on the ground floor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilets are located within the Wilkins Building.

Emergency Egress for Building