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University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

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Introduction

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Getting Here (Gilmorehill Campus)

  • By Road View
    • The University of Glasgow Gilmorehill Campus is located to the west of Glasgow city centre.
      From Carlisle, Newcastle and the south, exit M74 on to the M73, joining the M8 at the Old Monkland junction.
      M8 exits for the University are J18 if travelling from the south, Edinburgh and the north and J19 if coming from Glasgow Airport and the west.
      Other main routes serving the University include Great Western Road (A82, north of campus), Clydeside Expressway (A814, south) and Byres Road (B808, west).
    • Car parking at the University Campuses is limited and a Vehicle Management and Enforcement Scheme is in operation.
      There is limited pay and display on street parking across the campus and a long stay pay and display public car park in Lilybank Gardens.
      There are designated bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus car parks. Please see University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.
  • By Bus View
    • Buchanan bus station is the main bus terminus in Glasgow for inter city coach services.
      First Group buses Simplicity services 4 and 4A , bus routes 15 and 370 and Stagecoach bus services X25, X25A, X76 and X77 all stop on University Avenue by the Main Gate opposite the library.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station to the University is Partick to the west of the campus approximately 0.9 miles away (18 minutes) via Byres Road. There is step free access throughout the station via lifts and ramp access for trains. There is an induction loop at the booking office.
      The nearest train station to the east of the University campus is Charing Cross approximately 0.9 miles away (19 minutes) from Bank Street via Woodlands Road. There is step free access throughout the station via lifts and ramp access for trains. There is an induction loop at the booking office.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest underground station is Hillhead on Byres Road. The station has stepped and escalator access to platforms only.
      The nearest underground station to the east of the campus is Kelvinbridge, The station has stepped and escalator access to platforms only.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

Site/Campus Car Park (Gilmorehill Main Campus)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off University Avenue, on North Front, Engineering Way, South Front, Science Way and The Square.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Main Building, Thomson Building, James Watt Building, Stair 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 10+ designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 550cm (11ft 6in x 18ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
  • 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 building entrances.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Main Building.
  • Comments View
    • There are Blue Badge bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus. There are Blue Badge bays by the South Front West Quad entrance, South Front Court and Senate entrance, North Front Business School entrance, Stair Building, McIntyre Building, North Front Gift Shop and Visitor Centre and The James Watt Building.
    • There is additional parking by the Kelvin Building and the Graham Kerr Building Hunterian Zoology Museum on Science Way.
    • Parking is free and permits not required on from 5:00pm to 8:30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
    • Please see the University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.

Outside Access (South Front - Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the South Front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or 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 permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 117cm (3ft 10in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 181cm (5ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • 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.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (South Front - West Quad Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the South Front to the left of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 253cm (8ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located before and after the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Outside Access (South Front - East Quad Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the South Front to the right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped 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 double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 154cm (5ft 1in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located before and immediately after the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the East Quadrangle and level access to the central cloisters.

Outside Access (Cloisters South Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the south end of the Central Cloisters.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance from the West Quadrangle.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar slight slope to the East Quadrangle (photographs 5 and 6).

Outside Access (West Quad - Conference Suite Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the south east corner of the West Quadrangle, to the left of the arch.
    • 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 double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 60cm (1ft 12in).
  • 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 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the accessible toilet and room 656A - Lower Seminar Room on level 6.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • 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 some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • There are fixed induction loops in the Senate Room and the Lower Seminar Room.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.

Counter (Court Steward's Desk)

  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift (main lift 3).
  • Court Steward's Desk is located on level 4 to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this counter.
  • The lighting levels in this area are varied.
  • The reception 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.

Other Floors (Randolph Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter via the Cloisters entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 35m from the Cloisters entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all 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 both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Other Floors (Staircase 15)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located opposite the West Quad - Conference Suite entrance, to the right as you enter via the Cloisters entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 40m from the Cloisters entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are standard toilets on levels 1, 3 and 5.

Lift (Main Lift 3)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter via the Cloisters entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2, 4 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Cloisters entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 99cm x 142cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 8in).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The button for level 6 is 126cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Lift (Level 6 - Platform)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on level 6 in the main corridor to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 225kg.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 77cm x 99cm (2ft 6in x 3ft 3in).
  • 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 within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The Court Steward on level 4 has the key to operate the lift.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level 6, Room 658, to the right from Main Lift 3.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, Room 160 (stair access only); on level 5, Room 538 in stairwell 15 (stair access only).
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, Room 161 (stair access only); on level 3, Room 355B (stair access only).

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 6 at the top of staircase 15, to the right as you exit the lift, via the platform lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the 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 written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (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 good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 156cm x 199cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to 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 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush 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 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 was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and pedal bin 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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) cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side 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 98cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can 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 not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located in stairwell 15 on level 3.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m from the staircase (staircase 15).
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is staircase only access from the Court and Senate Rooms. These facilities are seen in photographs 1 to 3.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female toilet is located in stairwell 15 on level 5.
    • There is stepped access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 1m from the staircase (staircase 15).
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 79cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is staircase only access from the Court and Senate Rooms. These facilities are seen in photographs 4 to 6.
  • Comments View
    • There are also male and female toilets on level 1 of staircase 15 (photographs 7 to 10). There is staircase only access from all levels.