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Route 1 - Dalhousie to Tower via Small's Wynd

University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN

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Introduction (Route Information)

  • The route starts at the main entrance of the Dalhousie Building and continues via Old Hawkhill, Small's Wynd, past the Fulton Building, past the Main Library, continuing down Smalls Wynd, to the rear of the Old Technical Institute to the rear of the Tower Building and the accessible entrance.
  • The total distance of the route is approximately 350m and should take approximately 6 minutes. There is a lift, easy and moderate slopes and ramps as part of the route by-passing steps. The surface along the route includes concrete paving slabs, block paving and stone cobbled paving. There is signage at regular locations along the route to buildings.
  • Related link Route 2 - Dalhousie to Tower via Balfour Street and DUSA The Union.
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Starting Point - Dalhousie Building

Dalhousie Building to Old Hawkhill Crossing

  • Leave the Dalhousie Building via the main entrance.
  • Take the platform lift (photographs 2, 3) or the steps (photographs 4, 5) down to Old Hawkhill.
  • Turn right to go up Old Hawkhill.
  • The path is tarmac with metal railings on the left.
  • The path has a slight slope up.
  • Continue up the path 5m to the controlled crossing on the left marked by tactile paving (photograph 7) and prepare to cross.
  • Alternatively, there is a route from the rear entrance (photograph 8).
  • Leave the Dalhousie Building via the rear accessible entrance.
  • Follow the path up the slope to the top about 40m and turn left.
  • The path has a slight slope with uneven concrete slab paving.
  • At the top of the slope turn left and continue up the path toward Old Hawkhill. The paving continues as concrete slabs.
  • After 15m turn left at the corner marked by a glass wall on the left (photograph 11) and 90cm high bollards on the right.
  • Go past a 120cm high light post on the pavement (photograph 13) and turn left and continue down Old Hawkhill 80m to the controlled crossing on the right (photographs 14 to 16).

Level Change (Dalhousie Main Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to the entrance.
  • There is/are 7 to 15 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).

Lift (Dalhousie Main Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right as you exit the main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 340kg 2 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 95cm (4ft 7in x 3ft 1in).
  • 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.

Old Hawkhill Crossing to Small's Wynd

  • At the Old Hawkhill crossing, cross to the other side and turn left.
  • The road is two way with traffic controlled by lights.
  • The control button is on your right and 111cm high.
  • There are dropped kerbs with a lip to each side of the road.
  • The crossing is tarmac.
  • At the far side turn left and continue down Old Hawkhill to the roundabout.
  • There are metal barriers on your left to the kerbside and metal rail fencing (photograph 4).
  • After 15m, at the roundabout the width is reduced to 120cm by a signpost on the left and an electrical box on the right (photograph 5).
  • Turn right into Small's Wynd and continue to the first zebra crossing on the left (photograph 8), past a car park entry on your right.
  • There is a slight slope across the path, which is level to the crossing.

Small's Wynd Crossing to Small's Lane

  • Cross Small's Wynd via the raised zebra crossing. There is tactile paving at the kerb on each side of the crossing (photographs 1 to 3).
  • The road here is two way.
  • Turn right and follow the path down Small's Lane.
  • The pavement is tarmac and level. It is 120cm wide at first, with a wooden kicker fence on the left (photograph 4).
  • After 5m the fence finishes and the path bears left toward the corner of the Fulton Building and after widening narrows again to 120cm (photograph 5).
  • There are metal inspection covers and a meter box which narrows the path (photograph 6).
  • A further 20m and the path bears right. There is a slight ramp down to a dropped pavement with dropped kerb on the right, for access to the Fulton Building rear entrance on the left (photographs 7 to 9).
  • The pavement then bears left again to follow the road. There is a slight ramp up and the paving changes to blockwork (photograph 10).
  • Continue about 50m down Small's Wynd to the corner of the building.
  • The paving is blockwork and the pavement is level (photographs 11 to 12).
  • After 50m here are a line of bollards on the right. They are 97 - 100cm high.
  • The concrete slabbed area on the left leads to the main entrance to the Fulton Building is on the left (photographs 12 to 15).
  • Continue on the pavement past the concrete slab paved area on the left and a zebra crossing on the right, to the corner of Small's Lane, approximately 20m.
  • The path is paved with block paving that is uneven in places. The path has a gentle slope down.
  • After 10m on the left there are metal railings (photograph 16).
  • At Small's Lane prepare to cross straight across.

Link - Fulton Building

Small's Lane to Old Medical School

  • At the junction of Small's Lane and Small's Wynd, cross the road to continue down Small's Wynd.
  • The road is one way with traffic coming from the left up Small's Lane.
  • There are dropped kerbs with a lip to each side of the road, uneven repaired tarmac on the road and a raised metal inspection cover in the middle and on the far side (photographs 1 - 3).
  • Continue down Small's Wynd past the Ewing Building and gardens to the Old Medical School.
  • Just past the junction with Small's Lane, a sign post reduces the width to 115cm.
  • The path is tarmac and uneven, with dropped kerbs at the garden entrance marked by tactile paving (photograph 6).
  • After 100m the Old Medical School entrance opens on the left (photographs 10-12). At the entrance there are ramped kerbs to each side with moderate slopes.
  • Cross the entrance to the Old Medical School and continue 20m down the slope to the entrance to the Old Technical Institute and College Shop (photograph 14) and prepare to turn left.

Old Medical School to Tower Building via Old Technical Institute

  • After the Old Medical School, turn left at the entrance toward the Old Technical Institute and College Shop. Go down the service road between the Old Medical School and the Old Technical Institute (OTI) (photographs 1 and 2).
  • On the right at the side of the service road there is a ramp down to the OTI side entrance to Occupational Health and University Health Service and a metal rail on a concrete kerb (photograph 3). This is a staff entrance. Visitors to the Disability Service should continue to the rear of the building and the main entrance to the Old Technical Institute (see below).
  • The road is tarmacked and slopes down with an easy slope to the end of the OTI building. The distance from the turn into the access road to the end of the building and the next turn is about 35m.
  • On the left there is a grass verge with rounded kerb (photograph 4).
  • Across the road there are four 104cm high black bollards with a minimum spacing between the centre two of 146cm (photograph 5).
  • As you continue down the road the College Shop is on the right and steps up to the Old Dental School to the left (photographs 6-8).
  • Outside the College Shop entrance there are inspection covers, one of which has a concrete skirt with a raised lip up to 2cm which could be a trip hazard (photographs 9 and 10).
  • Continue past the steps on the left to the corner of the building on the right (photographs 11and 12) and turn right to go down the slope toward the Tower Building.
  • The paving changes from tarmac to concrete tile paving which is broken and uneven in places. The slope is easy down the rear of the building. There is a set of steps on the right at the rear of the shop. On the left there are lawns with a low chain link and post fence (photographs 13-15).
  • Continue down the slope. On the right is the entrance to the Global Room (International Student Advice Service) (photograph 16), then metal railings (photograph 17).
  • After 25m, the chain link fencing ends on the left and there is a path to the right leading to the main entrance to the Support Hub including the Disability Services reception (photographs 18-19). There is a slope across the path from this point as the path curves to the left toward the Tower Building.
  • A curved wall and railing begins at this point round to the left and the path follows it (photographs 20 and 21). The slope at this point also increases to medium at its steepest.
  • Continue down the slope and between two 104cm high bollards (photograph 22). At this point the path levels and the paving changes to block paving.
  • Cross to the covered entrance and enter the Tower Building via the accessible entrance to the right (photographs 23 and 24). The entrance is automatic with a push pad to open it on the right hand wall.
  • The distance from the corner and turn to the Support Hub entrance to the accessible entrance to the Tower Building is approximately 20m.

Link - Global Room - International Student Advice Service

Link - Old Technical Institute - Disability Services

Finishing Point - Tower Building