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Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Old Physical Chemistry)

University of Cambridge, New Museums Site , Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RH

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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 and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is the David Attenborough Car Park.
    • The car park is located next to the Austin Building, Student Services Buildings and David Attenborough Buildings within the new museums campus.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is the Grand Arcade car park.
    • The car park is located within the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre.
  • 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 Free School Lane.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (David Attenborough Building)

  • Car Park View
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the David Attenborough Building, Student Services Centre, Austin Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 600cm (9ft 10in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by 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 David Attenborough Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the David Attenborough Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 3m (3yd 10in) from the David Attenborough Building front entrance lift.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building off Free School Lane.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not 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.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 63cm (2ft 1in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is portable.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • Please contact reception in advance.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 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 2 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 height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Reception (Old Physical Chemistry Main Reception)

  • The Old Physical Chemistry main reception is located to your left on entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main 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 5 unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to a standard shared toilet.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 5 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to Seminar Room 2.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 2. These steps are after the first five steps.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • Seminar Room 1 is located on the ground floor and has step-free access.
    • Step free access into Seminar Room 2 can be achieved via the Whipple Museum’s accessible entrance if arrangements are made in advance.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located in front of you on entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the main entrance.
    • There are 10 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 not a landing.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor halfway down the steps to Seminar Room 2 and between the second and third floors of the building.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the second floor of the building.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located within the Whipple Museum just inside the accessible entrance.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located halfway down the steps to seminar room 2 on the ground floor.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • 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 92cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.