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Holmbury House

Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury Hill Road, Surrey, RH5 6NT

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Introduction

  • Ground Floor: environmental test laboratory, detector physics laboratory, clean rooms, vibration test room, a common room, the library and staff offices
    First Floor: electronic workshop, dark room, camera room, mechanical drawing office and staff offices
    Second Floor: kitchen and staff offices.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Access is via the B2126 to the east and minor roads to the west. The nearest major road is the A24 which links to the M25.
    • Parking is available on site.
  • By Bus View
    • There is not a bus stop near to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station is Ockley which is approximately 7km from Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

Useful Information

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 09:15 - 22:30.
  • Sunday 09:15 - 22:30.
  • Comments View
    • Key holders are able to access the building until 10:30pm on weekdays by using the side entrance from 6:30pm onwards.
    • The side entrance is used to access the building on weekends.

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, students and visitors.
    • There are no parking charges.
    • 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.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • 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.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The main car park is shown in photograph 1.
    • Photographs 2 and 3 show the additional parking that runs along the driveways leading to the main car park off Holmbury Road and Holmbury Hill Road.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 145cm.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • There is 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 heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 63cm (2ft 1in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is portable.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 1 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a card reader at the second door 125cm in height.

Car Park to Side and Rear Entrances Accessible Route

  • To the right as you face the main entrance there is a 103cm wide permanently open gate (as shown in photograph 1).
  • Once through the gate continue ahead for 15 metres then turn left. The path narrows to 80cm after 5 metres (as shown in photograph 2).
  • After the turn, continue along the path shown in photograph 3.
  • The side entrance is located to the left after 7 metres.
  • The rear entrance is located to the left after 30 metres.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not 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 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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.

Entrance (General Office Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor immediately ahead after exiting the stairs.
    • There is step free 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception (General Office)

  • The General Office is located on the first floor ahead as you exit the stairs.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the General Office 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 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.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the majority of the ground floor from the side entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is/are 5 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the solar orbiter extreme ultraviolet imager and staff offices.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to staff office to the right as you enter via the side entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 6 shows the library on the ground floor which is used for meetings.

Entrance (Dining Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building on the ground floor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • For access into the servery off the corridor, there is a 67cm wide single, heavy, push door (as shown in photograph 2).
    • For wheelchair access into the servery, there is an 82 cm wide single door between the dinning room and the servery that is permanently held open (as shown in photograph 3).

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the refectory.
  • 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.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 1m (3ft 3in) from the dinning room entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Comments View
    • The service counter is 90cm in height (as shown in photograph 1).
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 08:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is an additional staircase located to the left of the building off the room next to the main staircase (as shown in photograph 4). This staircase provides access to mezzanine levels between the ground and first floors as well as the first and second floors.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are services from the ground to first floor mezzanine and up.
  • Comments View
    • There are single heavy manual doors to access the additional stairwell on the ground and second floors.
    • There are double heavy manual doors to access the additional stairwell on the first floor.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the ground to first floor mezzanine level.
  • There is not level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There is one deep clearly marked step with no handrails to access the shower room.
    • There is a standard toilet and sink also available within the shower room.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
    • There are shared standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor to the right as you enter.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 10m from the main 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.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 4 shows the shared toilet on the ground floor located next to the dining room entrance.

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