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17 Mill Lane

University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

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Introduction

  • Basement - Teaching Rooms, Storage and CUSU Offices
    Ground Floor - CUSU, Graduate Union, Degree Committee Office for the Faculties of Physics & Chemistry and Earth Sciences & Geography, University Information Services (UIS) Training Room.
    First Floor - School of Biological Sciences Faculty Office, University Biomedical Services (UBS) and Training Centre, Cambridge Philosophical Society
    Second Floor - School of Art and Humanities, Seminar Rooms E, F and G, School of the Physical Sciences School Office, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Technology.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking (Main Car Park)

  • 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.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Building Parking (Rear Car Park)

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located to the rear left 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 available.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 380cm x 600cm (12ft 6in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 3m (3yd 10in) from the rear entrance lift.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

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.
    • 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 single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • 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 7 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 have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear left of the building off the rear car park.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance/exit is restricted during out of hours.
    • Exiting the building out of hours will be via the wooden side gate.
    • This gate is locked via a key.

Lift (Rear Entrance Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the rear entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 340kg.
  • The lift is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the rear entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 106cm x 140cm (3ft 6in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 not 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.

Outside Access (CUSU)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 9 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).
    • The lift does not bypass the ramp.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance door can be opened manually without the use of the key card.
    • The entrance accesses the building between the ground and the basement floor. There are nine steps beyond the entrance to the ground floor and nine steps to the lower ground floor.
    • The steps to both floors can be bypassed by the CUSU Entrance lift.

Lift (CUSU Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 400kg.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the CUSU Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 144cm x 144cm (4ft 9in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are 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 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.

Reception (CUSU Reception and Services)

  • The CUSU Reception and Services is located in front of you on exiting the lift.
  • The desk is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the CUSU Lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:30.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:30.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:30.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Getting Around (Main Area)

  • Access View
    • There is/are 5 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the basement storeroom.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1. The steps can be bypassed by either a platform lift or the Main CUSU Lift.
    • There is a steep ramp, with no handrails, for access to the CUSU area of the building from the main area of the building on the ground floor.
    • The width of the ramp is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The ramp can be seen in photograph 2. Beyond this on the ground floor there is a door requiring a key card to access the CUSU Area.
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to F.24 and female standard toilets.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • The first step is shallow and can be seen in photograph 3. The two deep steps can be seen in photographs 4 and 5. There is a steep slope which can be used to bypass the first step. This can be seen in photograph 6.
    • 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 and pictorial 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.

Getting Around (CUSU)

  • Access View
    • There is/are 5 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to CUSU Common Room Area.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 1.
  • Comments View
    • The CUSU Area is located to the right of the building on the ground and basement floors.
    • Access between the CUSU area of the building and the main area of the building on the ground floor is via a single, heavy door with a width of over 75cm. A key card is needed to provide access through this door.

Lift (Basement Store Room)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the basement floor next to the CUSU lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the CUSU Lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 125cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 1in).
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • 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 bright.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located in the centre of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the rear 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 is a similar set of stairs to the right of the building.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located near the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the rear 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 110cm x 80cm (3ft 7in x 2ft 7in).
  • There are not 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The highest controls are 138cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • This lift provides access to the Plant Room area on basement floor and not the teaching areas. To access the teaching areas you will need to use the CUSU / Main Building Lift.

Lift (CUSU / Main Building Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the rear of the CUSU Area.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, Storage Area, G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1000kg.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the CUSU Entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 150cm (4ft 11in x 4ft 11in).
  • 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 not 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
    • The basement area is marked as being the lower ground floor on the controls within the lift.
    • The storage area is marked as being the basement floors on the controls within the lift.
    • The lift accesses the main building areas on the basement, first and second floor.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located in the basement area of the CUSU and towards the rear of the ground floor CUSU area.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on the ground floor, first floor and second floor of the building.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located are located on the first floor of the building.
  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on the second floor of the building. There are also shared toilets in the CUSU area of the building in the basement and the ground floor.
  • Parent and baby changing facilities are located within the ground floor accessible toilet in the CUSU area.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Basement Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in front of you on exiting the CUSU entrance lift on the basement floor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the CUSU entrance lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 144cm x 223cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 4in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 96cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is poor.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear right of the CUSU Area on the ground floor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the CUSU Entrance Lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is poor.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 320cm (5ft 3in x 10ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 115cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 88cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The shared toilet is located to the rear right of the CUSU Area on the ground floor.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 21m from the CUSU entrance lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • 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 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • This toilet can be seen in photograph 1.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The shared toilet is located on the basement floor in CUSU Area.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m from the CUSU Entrance Lift.
    • 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 available.
    • There are horizontal wall mounted rails available on both sides of the toilet.
    • There is a/are vertical wall mounted rail(s) on the right as you face the toilet.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 84cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • This toilet can be seen in photograph 2.
  • Comments View
    • The shared toilets on the second floor of the building contains standard showers with stepped access as can be seen in photograph 3.