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Rockefeller Building

21 University Street, London, WC1E 6DE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include teaching rooms, lecture theatres and the Grant Museum of Zoology.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a corridor leading into the Medical School Building on the ground floor.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • UCL is based in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Most of the buildings are close to the Euston Road (A501), and are located within the Congestion Charge Zone.
    • There is on street parking available on some of the streets in and around the UCL area.
  • By Bus View
    • There are many bus routes that stop close to the University buildings. The following bus routes stop on Gower Street, outside the main gate:- 10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station) 14 (Putney Heath to Warren Street Station) 24 (Hampstead Heath to Pimlico) 29 (Wood Green to Trafalgar Square) 73 (Victoria Bus Station to Stoke Newington) 134 (North Finchley Bus Station to Tottenham Court Road) 390 (Archway Station to Notting Hill Gate).
  • By Train View
    • Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross stations are close to the majority of the University buildings. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The closest tube stations to Gower Street are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). There are many other tube stations in the vicinity of the University, including King's Cross St Pancras, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available (within approximately 50m of the building).
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 580cm (6ft 7in x 19ft).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on on University Street.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on on University Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is a strip of standard pay and display parking, limited to 2 hours.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on University Street.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 4 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 clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are swipe card security barriers immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The wider barrier is 90cm in width.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the main entrance, at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 145cm (4ft 9in).
  • 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 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 93cm (3ft 1in).

Reception

  • Building reception is located to the right as you enter the building from the accessible entrance.
  • The desk is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not 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 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.
  • Comments View
    • The reception can be accessed from a lower section (photograph 2).
    • This lower section is 77cm in height.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell from the first floor upwards.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a second similar staircase straight ahead as you enter the accessible entrance. These stairs access B-G-1-2-3-4. There are 15+ clearly medium steps with the handrail on the right. These stairs are shown in photographs 3 and 4.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter through the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 139cm (3ft 9in 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 does have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not 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.

Lift (Rear Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead of you as you enter through the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-LG-M1-M2-M3-M4-M5.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 123cm x 183cm (4ft x 6ft).
  • 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 a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not 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.
  • Comments View
    • This lift is accessed by 10 medium steps, leading down and then up from behind the main lift.
    • It provides access to the mezzanine levels on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Getting Around

  • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to the Anatomy laboratory and room G21.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • This level change is shown in photograph 1.
  • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to rooms 333-339.
  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
  • This level change is shown in photograph 2.
  • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with no handrails, for access to room 337-339.
  • This level change is shown in photograph 3.
  • 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 some flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.

Level Change (Third Floor Teaching Rooms Corridor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located between rooms 337 and 338 on the third floor teaching corridor.
  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • This level change can be overcome by using the adjacent platform lift.

Lift (Third Floor Teaching Rooms Corridor)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located between rooms 337 and 338 on the third floor teaching rooms corridor.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Medical School Building lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 76cm x 123cm (2ft 6in x 4ft).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not 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 not 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 View
    • There is a manual door to gain access to the lift from the upper level.
    • There is a short, steep ramp from the corridor to the lift landing at the lower level.
    • There is also a small easy ramp as part of the lift structure to gain access.

Level Change (Mezzanine)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located off the midway landing between floors G and 1 of the main stairs.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • This provides access to the mezzanine level at the rear of the building.
    • Access to the the mezzanine levels is provided by the rear lift.
    • There are similar level changes on all floors above the first floor.
    • The mezzanine access in the photograph is on the fourth floor.

Level Change (Access to Medical School Building)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you enter via the main entrance.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.

Level Change (Access to B22-25)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left of the basement level of the main lift lobby.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Entrance (Grant Museum of Zoology)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor, immediately to the left as you enter via the accessible entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).

Museum (Grant Museum of Zoology)

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Touch tours are available.
  • The availability of touch tours depends on exhibition.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.
  • Comments View
    • Seating is available in the museum.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday 13:00 - 17:00.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet. (Ground Floor)

  • 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 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left of the corridor leading from the accessible entrance to reception.
    • 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 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 314cm (4ft 11in x 10ft 4in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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 mirrors.
    • Mirrors are 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 a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are baby changing facilities within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the changing bench when extended is 92cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the third floor and the fifth floor.
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the first floor and the fourth floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located adjacent to the accessible toilet on the ground 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 14m from the accessible 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 good.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located to the left along the corridor from the accessible entrance to reception.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

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