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Old Cavendish Building

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

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include lecture theatres, staff offices and study areas.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

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.
    • 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 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is 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 (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 58cm (1ft 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 3 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 clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 9 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the seminar room and the male standard toilet.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • These steps are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There is/are 4 unmarked step(s), with no handrails, for access to standard female toilets and rooms 718-736.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are shown in photograph 3.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the Bell Burnell study area and the supervision room.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • These steps are shown in photograph 4.
    • There are not 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 no 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is a steep ramp, with no handrails, for access to the old library research room.
    • The width of the ramp is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • This ramp is shown in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to centre for family research.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are shown in photographs 2 and 3.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 1m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is an additional staircase at the rear of the Rayleigh Wing. This can be seen in photograph 3.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 375kg.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 75cm x 100cm (2ft 6in x 3ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is 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 has 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 medium.

Lecture Theatre(s) (Rayleigh Lecture Room)

  • 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 not sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is not step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is/are 2 deep (18cm+) step(s) for access to the lecture theatre(s).
  • The step(s) is not/are not clearly marked and does/do not have handrails.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not space for an assistance dog.
  • There is not step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • There are 6 medium depth steps to access the speakers area in the corridor outside of the lecture room. This can be seen in photograph 6.
  • The height of the speaker's desk/table is 94cm.
  • The speaker's desk/table is not height adjustable.
  • The lectern is not height adjustable.
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the staggered 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).
  • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 75cm.
  • 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.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the Student Services Building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located along the Rayleigh wing on the first floor.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 36m from the lift.
    • 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 86cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the first floor along the main corridor.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • 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 86cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are 6 medium depth steps along the corridor leading to the toilets.