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Sir Alexander Stone Building

University of Glasgow, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the School of Law, College of Arts: Arts Lab and the Arts and Humanities Graduate School - Postgraduate Study Space.
  • Access to this building for wheelchair users is restricted to level 3 and the lecture theatre only.

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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

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff, students and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Adam Smith Rear Car Park.
    • The car park is located to the rear of this building.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Lilybank Gardens Car Park.
    • The car park is located off Lilybank Gardens, on the far side of the Queen Margaret Union and School of Computing Science from this building.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Cars can park on University Gardens outside the building. However, at the time of the survey, the road was closed due to building work.

Site/Campus Car Park (Adam Smith Rear Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the Adam Smith Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Adam Smith, Sir Alexander Stone Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 440cm (13ft 5in x 14ft 5in).
    • 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 ramped access to the car park from the Adam Smith Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Adam Smith Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the Adam Smith Rear Entrance - Level 2.
  • Comments View
    • Access to this car park is from Bute Gardens and involves passing underneath part of the Adam Smith Building (shown in photograph 4). The height of this arch is in excess of 3 metres.
    • Adam Smith Rear car parking is managed by the University's Central Services, which requires you to have a parking permit.
    • Blue Badge holders receive a permit free of charge.
    • There are designated bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus. Please see the University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, off University Gardens.
    • There is stepped 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 206cm (6ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 10 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 the left going up the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • The handrail does not cover the bottom or top steps.
    • This entrance gives access to level 2 of the building.

Outside Access (Level 3 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is not 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 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is actually a fire escape, which only opens from the inside. Please use the intercom to contact the Janitor to open the door.
    • This entrance gives access to the rear of level 3.
    • Step free access to this area is via the path that runs beside Mackintosh House and the Hunterian Art Gallery.

Reception (Janitor's Station)

  • Janitor's Station is located just inside the main entrance.
  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is stepped access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 medium steps without handrails located just beyond the Janitor's Station to access the rest of level 2 (shown in photograph 2).

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 4 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the lower part of level 3 at the front of the building from the upper part at the rear of level 3 and the Level 3 entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • These steps, shown in photograph 1, are part of the centre staircase. Due to refurbishment work ongoing at the time of the survey, these steps were unmarked. The platform lift only overcomes these 4 steps, so only the rooms on level 3 have step free access.
    • There is/are 6 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the upper and lower parts of level 2.
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • Like level 3, these steps are part of the centre staircase. These steps are shown in photograph 2.
    • There are not 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 corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Fixed loops are located in the teaching rooms. Please see the separate guides for the rooms for more details.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 6 shows the School of Law Student Common Room, located on level 2, just past the Janitor's Station.

Other Floors (Centre Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located in the centre of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 21m from the level 3 entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar staircase in the front right hand corner of the building, except this has the handrail on the right hand side going up (shown in photograph 3), and there are double heavy doors (shown in photograph 4) to access the stair lobby on all levels (these access levels 1-4 only).
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all of the rooms and services on levels 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Other Floors (Rear Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the building, just inside the level 3 entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 1m from the level 3 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 clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • 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 all rooms and services on levels 2, 4 and 5.
  • Comments View
    • The bottom 3 steps on level 2 do not have any handrails (shown in photograph 3).

Lift (Level 3)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the steps between the upper and lower sections of level 3.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 200kg.
  • The lift is approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the level 3 entrance.
  • 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 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
    • This lift gives step free access from the level 3 entrance and upper part of level 3 at the rear, to the lower part of level 3 at the front.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on the upper part of level 3, at the end of corridor off the main rear corridor.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1 of the building.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 3 of the building, on the lower level at the front. These toilets are for staff only.
  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on level 4, at the end of the corridor at the rear of the building.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 3, at the end of the corridor to the left, then left again from the level 3 entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the level 3 entrance.
    • 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 no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is light.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 155cm x 190cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 3in).
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female 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 poor.
    • 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 poor.
    • 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 female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is 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 backrest.
    • 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 poor.
    • 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 poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
    • 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 fair.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s) (Staff Only Toilets)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on the lower front part of level 3.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 7m from the level 3 lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 94cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a medium, marked, step to up to the urinal (shown is photograph 3).
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female toilet is located on the lower front part of level 3, in the foyer for the side stairs.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m from the level 3 Lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is 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 twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on level 1, at the front of the building.
    • 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 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 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • There is a shallow step up to urinals in the male toilet (shown in photograph 1).
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The shared toilet is located on level 4, at the end of the corridor at the rear of the building.
    • 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 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 84cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are low to moderate.

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