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University of Glasgow, 5 - 9 The Square, 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

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located next to 5 The Square.
    • 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 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 650cm (13ft 5in x 21ft 4in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 150m (164yd 2in) from the accessible entrance.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
  • 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 Gilmorehill Campus Car Park.
    • The car park is located around the Main Building and the Square.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

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 (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of 8 The Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • A key is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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 slight.
    • 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 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a 90cm wide gate at the start of the ramp that opens away from you (push) and is heavy.
    • There is only accessible access to level 1.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - No. 8)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building toward the left.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 122cm (4ft).
    • 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 104cm (3ft 5in).
  • 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 6 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 (Entrance - No. 5)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the right hand end 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 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception (Janitor's Office)

  • Janitor's Office is located on level 2, 8 The Square.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Main Entrance - No. 8.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free 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.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is/are 4 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to staircase 9.2 from the level 3 corridor.
    • 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 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 induction loops located in teaching rooms and lecture rooms.

Other Floors (Staircase 5.1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located directly ahead as you enter via the Entrance - No. 5.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the entrance (Entrance - No. 5).
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the second floor.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are rooms on level 2.

Other Floors (Staircase 5.2)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located on the right as you enter via Entrance - No. 5.
    • The stairs are approximately 4m from the entrance (Entrance - No. 5).
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the third floor and on the fourth floor.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all rooms on levels 2 and above.

Other Floors (Staircase 5.4)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located on level 4 of No. 5 The Square.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the from staircase 5.2 on level 4.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all rooms from level 2 upwards.

Other Floors (Staircase 9.1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter via the Main Entrance - No. 8.
    • The stairs are approximately 14m from the Main Entrance - No. 8.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the second floor.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all rooms from level 2 upwards.

Other Floors (Staircase 9.2)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter via the Main Entrance - No. 8.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the Main Entrance - No. 8.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all rooms from level 2 upwards.

Other Floors (Staircase 9.4)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you get to the top of staircase 9.2 on level 4.
    • The stairs are approximately 10m from the staircase 9.2 on level 4.
    • 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 the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all rooms from level 2 upwards.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level 1, room 128, in the Law Workshop.
  • Female standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, room 121; on level 2, room 209 (staff only); on level 3, room 320; on level 4; room 422.
  • Male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, room 129, in the Law Workshop; on level 2, room 220 (staff only); on level 3, room 308; on level 4, room 408.
  • Shared standard toilet facilities are located on level 5, room 522; on level 5, room 502 (staff only).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 1)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter via the accessible entrance, to the far end of the library on the left.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible 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 pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • 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 fair.
    • 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 155cm x 194cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 4in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The height of the light switch/pull cord is 112cm from floor level.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • 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 fair.
    • 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 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 backrest and 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 fair.
    • 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 is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • 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 94cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on level 1 to the left as you enter via the accessible entrance, room 129.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 40m from the accessible entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This toilet facility is seen in photographs 1 to 3.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The female toilet is located on level 1 to the right as you enter via the accessible entrance, room 121.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m from the accessible entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • 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 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • These toilet facilities are seen in photographs 4 to 6.
  • Comments View
    • There are male, female and shared toilet facilities on levels 3, 4 and 5 with staff only facilities on level 2. These are seen in photographs 7 to 14.

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