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Wolfson Centre

106 Rottenrow East, Glasgow, G4 0NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Department of Biomedical Engineering, research and teaching laboratories, social and engagement spaces, offices, teaching spaces, postgraduate research facilities, academic offices and boardroom, multi-faith room.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Wolfson Building is located in Glasgow on Taylor Street off Rottenrow East within the university campus.
      From the M8 westbound, at junction 15 use the left 2 lanes to take the A803 exit to Cathedral Glasgow Cross.
      Continue onto Stirling Road through the first set of traffic lights.
      At the second set of lights take the left filter lane and turn left into Cathedral Street.
      Turn right into Collins Street then at the sharp left bend, turn right to enter the Rottenrow East car park (permit required).
      Continue through Rottenrow East and under the archway to turn left into Taylor Street. The Wolfson Centre is on the left. From the M8 eastbound, at junction 15, use the right hand lane to merge onto Springburn Rd/A803 towards Cathedral/Glasgow Cross.
      At the first traffic lights turn right onto the A8 Castle Street.
      At the next traffic lights, in front of the Royal Infirmary, continue straight ahead through the next traffic lights.
      Turn right onto Rottenrow.
      Go past the Barony Hall on the right, then at the sharp right bend, continue straight ahead to enter the Rottenrow East car park (permit required).
      Continue through Rottenrow East and under the archway to turn left into Taylor Street. The Wolfson Centre is on the left.
    • For Permit Holders:-
      There is a Blue Badge bay at the Wolfson Centre. Alternatively there is parking on Taylor Street, with Blue Badge bays by Chancellor's Hall and the John Anderson Building, or Blue Badge bays within the Rottenrow East car park. For Non-Permit Holders:-
      The nearest public car park is in Collins Street, the Cathedral Precinct Car Park 4, next to the Barony Hall, which is 300m from the building.
      Alternatively there is pay and display parking on Collins Street. Then walk through the Student Village, past the Lord Todd Building, to get access to Taylor Street and the Wolfson Centre.
  • By Bus View
    • On Cathedral Street westbound, Bus Stop Strathclyde University Library - 19, 19A Simplicity 38, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38E, 240X, 241X, X2, X3, X85, X87. The bus stop is 160m from the Wolfson Centre.
      On Cathedral Street eastbound, Bus Stop City of Glasgow College - 19, 19A, 213, 240X, X19. The bus stop is 300m from the Wolfson Centre.
  • By Train View
    • Glasgow Queen Street is 800m from the Wolfson Centre. Take the Hanover Street exit, turn left and then right along Cathedral Street. Turn right into Taylor Street. The Wolfson Centre is on the left.
      High Street is a closer station, but it is below street level and has no lifts. It is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest Underground Station is Buchanan Street which is 1km (0.5 miles)from the Wolfson Centre. From the station exit go up Buchanan Street and turn right on to Bath Street. Continue on to Cathedral Street. Turn right into Taylor Street. The Wolfson Centre is on the left.
      The station is underground and has no lifts. It is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • 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 and staff permit holders.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • The car park is located at the accessible entrance.
    • 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 clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 480cm x 600cm (15ft 9in x 19ft 8in).
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) 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 and students within approximately 200m.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
    • The name of the car park is Rottenrow East.
    • The car park is located on Rottenrow East.
    • Parking is for permit holders only.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 240cm x 530cm (7ft 10in x 17ft 5in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Taylor Street.
    • Parking is for permit holders only.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance - Level 1)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 1 at the rear of the building on Taylor Street.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • 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 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is 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 (Main Entrance - Level 2)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building opposite the John Anderson Building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • 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) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm (4ft 12in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to either side of the building, from Taylor Street and the Rottenrow pathway.
    • There is / are 14 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.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of survey the steps from the Rottenrow pathway were being reconstructed.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • 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 moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors (Stair 1 - Rear)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located in the rear centre of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m from the accessible entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • 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.
    • Stair 2 at the front centre of the building is similar and runs parallel to Stair 1.

Other Floors (Stair 3 - Rear)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located at the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 3m from the accessible entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • 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.

Lift (Lift 121 - Evacuation Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg 8 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 107cm x 139cm (3ft 6in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.

Lift (Lift 125 - Front Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located toward the front of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1800kg 24 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 181cm (5ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 233cm x 159cm (7ft 8in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.

Standard Changing Room (Changing Room WC404)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on level 4.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the rear lift 121.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory WC403 and the Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory WC405.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).

Standard Changing Room (Patient Reception WC113 and Changing Room WC110)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located on level 1 toward the rear, room WC110.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Biomechanics laboratories.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is armchair seating in the reception area outside the Patient Changing room.
    • There is a full height locker in the changing room.

Student Breakout Area WC506

  • There is a student breakout area on level 5, room WC506.

Multi Faith Room WC502

  • The Multi Faith Room WC502 is located on level 5 at the front of the building. The door is 86cm wide and may be difficult to open.
  • The room has a privacy curtain and a chair with armrests.

First Aid Room WC302

  • The First Aid Room WC302 is located at the front of the building on level 3.
  • The door opens away from you (push) and may be difficult to open.
  • The first aid room has a 180cm long full height and tilt adjustable bench.
  • There are seats with armrests.
  • The worktop and sink unit are 95cm high with lever mixer taps.
  • The switch is 106cm high. The lighting is good.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on levels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The accessible toilet on level 2 is a closomat.
  • Gender Neutral standard toilet facilities are located on levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Right Transfer - Clos-o-Mat Toilet - Level 2)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • This is a Closomat toilet.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 2, room WC222, to the right as you exit the rear lift 121.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the rear lift 121.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a gender neutral toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial, dementia friendly and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens by sliding (Bi-Fold).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • 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 170cm x 246cm (5ft 7in x 8ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are 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 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is an elbow pad flush.
    • There are dropdown rails on both sides of the toilet.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • 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 sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 95cm.
    • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • 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).
    • The height of the wash basin is 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 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 120cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 110cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Right Transfer - Levels 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 6, room WC621, to the right as you exit the rear lift 121.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the rear lift 121.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a gender neutral toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial, written text and dementia friendly signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens by sliding (Bi-Fold).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • 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 170cm x 247cm (5ft 7in x 8ft 1in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are 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 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a 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 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 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 sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 95cm.
    • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • 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).
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • 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 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 112cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 116cm.
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • There are almost identical toilet facilities in the same location on levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, all right transfer.

Accessible Shower (Accessible Shower Room WC221)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The accessible shower(s) surveyed is/are located on level 2 at the rear.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower(s) include; an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 52cm (1ft 8in).
  • Other facilities available include; drop down handrails, alternative fixed shower head, lever controls, non-slip shower floor.
  • There is level access to the services from the accessible shower facilities.

Standard Shower (Level 4, 5, 6)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on level 6 (room WC622) at the rear.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are very similar shower facilities in the same location on level 5 (room WC523) and 4 (room WC422).

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 2)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located at the rear.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The gender neutral toilets are located at the rear.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the rear lift 121.
    • 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.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 79cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever mixer.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • There are similar standard toilets on all floors.
  • Comments View
    • There are almost identical facilities on levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, and a similar facility toward the front of the building on level 1 (room WC120).