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Wilkins Building, Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre

Wilkins Building (Main Building), Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Location of Room(s)

Lecture Theatre(s)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is/are 3 medium height (11cm - 17cm) step(s) for access to the lecture theatre(s).
  • The step(s) is not/are not clearly marked and does not/do not have handrails.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are no designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is not step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The speakers area is accessed via two deep steps.
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 90cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • There is (staggered) tiered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the (staggered) tiered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 65cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • Comments View
    • The steps in photograph 2 lead to the entrance at the front of the lecture theatre and these can be overcome via a platform lift.
    • There is an alternative entrance that leads to the rear of the theatre. It has three medium steps in front of the entrance which are then followed by a set of 15+ medium stairs with a handrail on the left to reach the rear of the lecture theatre.
    • The entrance and stairs can be seen in photographs 6 and 7.


  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of the main entrance to the lecture theatre.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 227kg.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the south junction lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The lift door is manual, opens outwards and may be difficult to open.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 88cm x 122cm (2ft 11in x 4ft).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Emergency Egress for Room(s)