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Route 8: Quad to Rockefeller

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Access Guide

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  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to the Rockefeller Building via Gower Street and University Street.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 160m.
  • The route takes approximately 3 minutes.
  • The majority of paths along the route consist of tarmac or block paving, with some slight gradients in places.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points (Gower Street, University Street) and congested pathways.
  • For further information regarding the Rockefeller 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 University Street Crossing

  • Having crossed, turn left and continue back along Gower Place for approximately 70 metres towards the University Street crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of tarmac.
  • The path is mostly level and even with easy gradients in places.

University Street Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is level.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Be wary when crossing as traffic from the adjacent street (Gower Street) may turn onto University Street at speed from the left hand side.
  • The path surface changes from tarmac to block paving upon exiting the crossing.

University Street Crossing to Rockefeller Building

  • Having Crossed, turn right and continue ahead for approximately 35 metres towards the Rockefeller Building.
  • The path at this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is uneven in places due to lowered drain hole covers (photograph 1).
  • Approximately 30 metres along the route is the step free access ramp into the Grant Museum of Zoology. This ramp must also be used to gain step free access into the Rockefeller Building.
  • For further information regarding access into the Rockefeller Building please see the relevant access guide.