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Department of Pathology (Link Building)

University of Cambridge, Downing Site, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1QP

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Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Downing Site Car Park.
    • The car park is located around the University of Cambridge, Downing Site.
  • 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 available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Tennis Court Road.
  • Comments View
    • There is a car park with limited availability around the University of Cambridge, Downing Site.
    • This is managed externally from the University and permits are required to park.
    • There is a Blue Badge bay at the rear of the Pathology Building that can be used with a permit.
    • This Blue Badge bay is approximately 5m from the accessible entrance to the main Pathology Building.
    • Please contact the University of Cambridge for further information about parking here.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located around the Downing Site with a Blue Badge bay located to the rear of the Courtyard Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Department of Archaeology (Courtyard Building McDonald Institute) and the Sedgwick Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is concrete.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 250cm x 615cm (8ft 2in x 20ft 2in).
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders, permit holders and staff permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Downing Site.
    • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Courtyard Building main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • There is car parking located throughout the Downing Site.
    • Car parking is restricted and over-subscribed.

Outside Access (Stairwell Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is stepped 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 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • 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 67cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance leads directly into the Link Building stairwell.

Outside Access (Biopath Stores Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 144cm (4ft 9in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • Prior to reaching this entrance, there is a gate which is permanently held open with a width of 114cm (as shown in photographs 3 and 4).
    • This entrance provides level access into the ground floor of the Link Building and the Biopath Stores counter.

Counter (Biopath Stores Pathology Counter)

  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the Biopath Stores entrance.
  • Biopath Stores Pathology Counter is located to the right on entering through the Biopath Stores entrance.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • The reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Entrance (Ground Floor from the Pathology Building)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor leading from the Pathology Building into the Link Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is one set of manual, heavy, double doors between the Pathology Building and this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • There are no doors at this entrance.
    • The width of the door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located between the first and second openings leading into the Link Building.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 115cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is also level access into the Link Building on the first floor through Lab Room 103 which was restricted access at the time of survey (as shown in photograph 5).

Entrance (Second Floor from the Pathology Building)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the second floor leading from the Pathology Building into the Link Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is one set of manual, heavy, double doors between the Pathology Building and 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 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • The doors leading from the Pathology Building into the corridor that leads to the Link Building entrance have a key card reader placed at 115cm.
    • These doors are double, heavy, open towards you and are 138cm wide (as shown in photographs 3 and 4).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • 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 clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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 not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Step free access to the ground floor of the Link Building is via the Biopath Stores entrance or via the Pathology Building.
    • Step free access to the first and second floors of the Link Building is via the lift located in the Pathology Building.
    • There is no step free access to the third floor.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located immediately beyond the Link Building stairwell entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the Link Building stairwell entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There are handrails on both sides of the staircase at points where the staircase spirals round.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on the ground floor of the Department of Pathology (Pathology Building).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on the ground floor of the Department of Pathology (Pathology Building).