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Andrew Huxley Building

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Introduction

  • There are four separate areas to the building.
    The security and access area provides access to the security and access reception only.
    The student mediator area provides access to the Student Mediators Room only.
    The office entrance provides access to the ground floor office area only.
    The laboratories entrance provides access to the laboratories located on the first, second and third floors. Only postgraduate students and staff are allowed to access this area.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

Outside Access (Security and Access)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access 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 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 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.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception (Security and Access)

  • The security and access reception is located ahead as you enter via the security and access entrance.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the security and access entrance.
  • 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 bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Outside Access (Office Area)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located between Huxley Court and South Quad.
    • There is ramped/sloped access 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 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The 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 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Outside Access (Student Mediator)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 148cm.
    • 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 single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.

Outside Access (Laboratories)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off South Quad.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 117cm.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • The laboratory areas of the building are only accessible to postgraduate students and staff members.
    • To exit the building via this entrance there is a green exit button at the height of 140cm. The entrance door can be seen in photograph 4.
    • There is a separate entrance that consists of a single door with a width of 120cm to access the rear stairwell.

Entrance (Second Floor MRC Entrance to the Laboratories)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off the MRC Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • A key card is required for access 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • 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 or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Getting Around (Laboratories)

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is no 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 good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 1 shows the office area on the ground floor.
    • Photographs 2, 3 & 4 show the laboratories area.

Other Floors (Laboratories)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
    • There is a similar staircase on the other side of the building (as shown in photograph 3).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the laboratories entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 134cm x 167cm (4ft 5in x 5ft 6in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop 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 bright.

Accessible Toilet. (Ground Floor Office Area)

  • Location of and access to accessible toilets View
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 12m (13yd 4in) from the ground floor office area.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your left on entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and dimensions of accessible toilets View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 218cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 2in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of fixtures in accessible toilets View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are not mirrors.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible toilets View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There would be a transfer space to the left of the toilet with the width of 87cm, if not for the location of the lockers.

Accessible Toilet. (Laboratories)

  • Location of and access to accessible toilets View
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right when you exit the lift on the second floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and dimensions of accessible toilets View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 215cm (4ft 12in x 7ft 1in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is not clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of fixtures in accessible toilets View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour contrast and lighting in accessible toilets View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There would be a transfer space of 80cm were it not for a cupboard to the right of the toilet.
    • The toilet is also designated as a standard female toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the second floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the third floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 5m from the lift.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • The toilet on the ground floor is located in the office area and can be seen in photograph 2.
    • The other toilets are located in the laboratories area.

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