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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 the Department of Psychology lecture theatres, staff offices and study areas, the Centre for Family Research and the Gender Development Research Centre.

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, off the walkway leading off Free School Lane.
    • 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) may be difficult to open.
    • 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.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the pathway leading from Bene't Street, under the archway opposite the Student Services Centre.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Getting Around (Ground Floor)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the main entrance, lift and stairs from the accessible entrance and the rest of the ground floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • These steps (shown in photograph 1) are located on the left hand side along the corridor from the accessible entrance, or straight ahead past the stairs and lift from the main entrance.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to rooms 808 - 811 and the far stairs.
    • The width of the ramp is 147cm (4ft 10in).
    • This ramp (shown in photograph 2) is located at far end of the social area (photograph 3) on the lower part of the ground floor, to the right from the accessible entrance. There is a doorway, 78cm wide, at the bottom of the ramp.
    • There are no 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 moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 4 shows Bridget's Meeting Room CG18, located on the lower part of the ground floor, straight ahead from the accessible entrance.

Lift (Ground Floor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left hand side along the corridor leading from the accessible entrance, past the steps.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 500kg.
  • The lift is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 111cm (3ft 8in).
  • The lift door is manual, opens outwards and is easy to open.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 124cm (3ft 11in x 4ft 1in).
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a slight ramp leading onto the lift on the lower level (shown in photograph 4).

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 moderate to good.
    • 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.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are staff offices on the third floor.

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.

Getting Around (First Floor)

  • 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 no 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 moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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 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 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) 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 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.
  • The Rayleigh Lecture Room is located on the first floor, along the corridor to the left as you exit the lift. The steps shown in photo 6 also give access to the Tea Room, male and female toilets and rooms 705, 705a and 706.

Getting Around (Second Floor)

  • Access View
    • There is/are 1 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the Old Library Research Room.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • 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).
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The step (shown in photograph 1) is located just inside the corridor from the lift and main stairs. The ramp (photograph 2) is located further along the corridor.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the Centre for Family Research area.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The first 4 steps (photograph 3), located just past the Old Library Research Room, give access rooms 603 - 605 and 611- 613. The next 8 (photograph 4) lead down to Seminar Room 606, the Journal Library, rooms 608, 609, the male and female toilets and the baby change room.
    • There are 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 good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located along the Rayleigh Wing on the first floor, beyond the 6 steps by the Rayleigh Lecture Room.
    • 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.
    • The baby change room (shown in photograph 5) is located in the Rayleigh Wing toilet area on the second floor, past the Centre for Family Research stairs.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • There is a fixed baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 87cm.
  • 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.