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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (Veterinary Anatomy Building)

University of Cambridge, Downing Site, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 3DY

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include laboratories, offices and teaching areas.
  • The main entrance to the building leads to a foyer area with stepped access to the rest of the Building. The Veterinary Anatomy Building is linked to the Anatomy Building on the first and second floors, these entrances step free access to the building. Please see the guide for the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (Anatomy Building) guide for more information.
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Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Downing Site Parking.
    • The car park is located throughout the Downing Site with a Blue Badge bay located at the rear of the Courtyard Building.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

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 (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free 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 double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance provides step free access to the entrance foyer only. Beyond the entrance foyer there are steps to the lower ground and the first floor.

Entrance (First Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor to the rear left of the Anatomy Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • 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 single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).

Entrance (Second Floor)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear left of the Anatomy Building on the second floor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There are not 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 not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G and 1.
    • The stairs are located in front of you on entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are 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 are also stairs to the rear of the building which can be seen in photograph 3.
  • Comments View
    • There are only 7 steps to access the lower ground floor from the ground floor entrance area. These can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There are stairs next to the link entrance doors between the Veterinary Building and the Anatomy Building which can be seen photograph 4. This set of stairs accesses the lower ground and ground floor in the Anatomy Building only, and the first and second floors in the both the Veterinary and Anatomy Buildings.
    • The staircase also provides access to the third floor of the Veterinary Building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located towards the left of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, UG, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the first floor entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 128cm x 132cm (4ft 2in x 4ft 4in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not 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 not have a hearing enhancement 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are three separate entrance / exit doors within the lift.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on the second floor.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located between the second and third floor of the building on the staircase located between the Veterinary Building and the Anatomy Building.

Accessible Toilet(s)

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

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on the second floor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 3m from the second floor entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 88cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.