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Geography Building

Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road
    • The Mile End campus is located just off the Mile End Road / A11. This road links the City of London with the A12. The A12 then links to the North Circular Road (and the A11 off that) and the M25.
    • There are Blue Badge bays located throughout the campus, which can be used by anyone with a valid Blue Badge. Car parking is available on campus for staff permit holders. Temporary permits are available for visitors and contractors by prior arrangement.
  • By Bus
    • The campus can be accessed via bus 25 (Oxford Circus to Ilford), 205 (Paddington Station to Bow Church DLR Station) and 339 (Shadwell Station to Leytonstone Station).
  • By Train
    • The nearest railway stations are Liverpool Street Station and Fenchurch Street Station. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground
    • The campus is located between Mile End (on the Hammersmith and City, District and Central lines) and Stepney Green (on the Hammersmith and City and District lines) underground stations.
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Useful Information

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located off Geography Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 137cm (4ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp is 149cm (4ft 11in).
  • Step(s)
    • 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 1 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 shallow.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • Comments
    • Tactile paving is located at the bottom of the steps only.

Outside Access (Advice and Counselling Service)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located off Geography Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • 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
    • There is an intercom at the second set of doors that is too high for easy reach.

Outside Access (Occupational Health Service and Student Health Service)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located off Geography Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • 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.

Entrance (The Bancroft Building)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located on the second floor of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There are three sets of manual, heavy, double doors between the lift and 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 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 116cm (3ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located between the second and third entrance doors.
    • The ramp/slope bypasses the steps.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • Comments
    • There is a third entrance door. They are heavy double doors that open towards you and have a width of 156cm.

Lift (Drapers Lecture Theatre)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 142cm x 96cm (4ft 8in x 3ft 2in).
  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • There are 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 medium.
  • Comments
    • The lift door opens automatically towards you.
    • There is a small ramp to access the lift.

Lecture Theatre(s) (Drapers Lecture Theatre)

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is not sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The designated spaces for wheelchairs users are located in the middle row(s).
  • There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is not step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The speakers area is located at the bottom of the staggered seating.
  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the lecture theatre(s) ranges between 70cm and 70cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the lecture theatre(s).
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are even with no trip hazards.
  • Comments
    • Step free access to the lecture theatre can only be gained via a platform lift. Please see the seperate section for more details.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on the first floor and on the second floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments
    • These stairs also lead down to the Drapers lecture theatre.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the lift lobby on the first floor and on the second floor.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Advice and Counselling entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 96cm x 134cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 5in).
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 not 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 medium.

Drapers Lecture Theatre

  • There is level access to the middle of the lecture theatre seating via lift.
  • The entrance to the theatre is through double doors that are pull to open with a width of 160cm.
  • There is designated seating located in the middle of the lecture theatre.
  • The steps in the lecture are medium and have good colour contrast.

Reception (School of Geography)

  • The desk/counter is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Monday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Thursday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Friday 10:00 - 13:00.
    • Friday 14:00 - 16:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments
    • There are Q-Review lecture recording systems in rooms 126, 220 and 226.
    • Room 126 has steps access to seating at the rear of the room.
    • Room 220 has designated seating available (as shown in photograph 3).

Standard Shower (Staff)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located on the first floor.
  • There is not level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments
    • There is an easy step to access this facility.

Accessible Toilet.

  • The nearest accessible toilet is located in Occupational Health Service/Student Health Service or the Bancroft Building. Please see relevant guide for more details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s)
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the second floor.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the Ground floor through the Occupational Health Service and Student Health Service Entrance.
    • 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 7m from the Occupational Health Service and Student Health Service Entrance.
    • 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 varied.