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University Observatory

University of St Andrews, Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9LZ

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Introduction

  • There is a dome, complete with a telescope that is used by the Physics department in an adjacent building, CREEM (Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling).

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in St Andrews.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Leuchars.
  • 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 free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Observatory Building)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance - Observatory Building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Inside Access (Observatory Building)

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Other Floors (Observatory Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15 steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the telescope.

Accessible Toilet (Observatory Building)

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s) (Observatory Building)

Outside Access (CREEM Building)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (CREEM Building)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access (CREEM Building)

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (CREEM Building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at the rear of the building.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Other Floors (CREEM Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the Dome, additional offices and a unisex toilet.

Accessible Toilet (CREEM Building)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s) (CREEM Building)

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.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.