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Discovery Centre

University of Dundee, Dow Street, Dundee, DD1 5EH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Sir Kenneth Room and Lady Noreen Murray Seminar Room.
  • This venue contains labs, offices and a cafe. The venue links directly into The Wellcome Trust Building.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Dundee.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Dundee.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located to the side of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 359cm x 465cm (11ft 9in x 15ft 3in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is further parking to the rear.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically (away from you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The door opening is 196cm (6ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • To the left of these doors is a revolving door, with an entrance width of 144cm.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception

  • The desk is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are not trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers requiring a keycard to access the main building to right of the desk.
    • The turnstiles have a width of 59cm and the barrier has a width of 160cm.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:15 - 21:00.
    • Tuesday 08:15 - 21:00.
    • Wednesday 08:15 - 21:00.
    • Thursday 08:15 - 21:00.
    • Friday 08:15 - 21:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are not trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music/noise.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

Eating and Drinking (Street Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 101cm (3ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are not available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Level Change (Stairs to Level 1)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • There is an almost identical set of stairs at the rear of the building, except they do not give access to level 5.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located along the corridor, to your left upon entering the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-2-M-3-4-5.
  • The lift is 13m (14yd 8in) from the main 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 139cm x 204cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 8in).
  • 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 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.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located down the corridor, through the door to your right when entering the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens by sliding.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 226cm x 164cm (7ft 5in x 5ft 5in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • The emergency alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 101cm (3ft 4in) high.
    • 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).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical accessible toilets on floors 2 and 3.
    • There are also similar accessible toilets to the rear of the building on floors 1, 2, M, 3.

Standard Toilet(s)

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located to your right as you exit the lift on floor M.
  • Comments View
    • There is a deep step into the shower.
    • There are also standard shower facilities located to the rear of the building on floor M.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.