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Route 1: Quad to Gordon Street

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to Gordon Street via Gower Street and Gower Place.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 320 metres.
  • The route takes approximately 5 minutes.
  • The majority of the paths along the route consist of tarmac or block paving with some slight gradients in places.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points (Gordon Street, Gower Place) and congested pathways.

Main Quad

  • The Main Quad is located off Gower Street.
  • At the entrance/exit of the Main Quad there are two 85cm wide gates for pedestrians (photographs 6 and 7).
  • These gates are located on either side of the 330cm wide main gate used by both vehicles and pedestrians (photograph 5).
  • There are also bollards located immediately beyond/before the gates as you enter/exit the Main Quad (photograph 5).
  • These bollards have gaps between 90cm-120cm wide.
  • The Chadwick, Pearson, North Wing and Wilkins Buildings can be accessed via the Main Quad.
  • Only the Chadwick, Pearson and Wilkins Building are accessible via external ramps.
  • Please see the relevant access guides for further information regarding access to these buildings.
  • The majority of the Main Quad has a tarmac surface.
  • The tarmac is loose in places.
  • There are easy gradients throughout the Main Quad including on the pedestrian pathways.
  • The pathways (photograph 8) consist mostly of block paving and are narrow and uneven in places.
  • There is ample seating available in the form of wooden benches (photograph 9).
  • These are located along the entirety of the pathways.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge bays available within the quad (photographs 10 and 11).
  • These are located on either side of the main building.
  • There is an information point located at the front lodge, on the left hand side of the Main Quad entrance/exit gates (photograph 12).
  • Please see the relevant access guide for further information regarding the front lodge information point.

Main Quad to Gower Place Turning

  • Upon exiting the Quad, turn right and head towards the road crossing approximately 110 metres along Gower Street.
  • The path along this section of the route consists mostly of tarmac with sections of brick paving and concrete when exiting the quad.
  • There is also block paving on the approach to the Gower Place turning.
  • The path is mostly level with easy gradients in places.
  • The path is uneven in places due to slightly lowered drain covers.
  • The path narrows in places due to obstructions such as lampposts and transformer boxes.
  • Approximately 40 metres along Gower Street, there is a section of tactile paving across the path (photograph 4).
  • Immediately prior to the Gower Place turning, there is a road sign with 2 metal support poles located in the centre of the path (photographs 7 and 8).
  • The width of the gap between the poles is 90cm.
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, turn right onto Gower Place.

Gower Street Turning to Gordon Street

  • Head along Gower Place for approximately 170 metres towards the Gordon Street crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • The path is mostly level with easy gradients in places.
  • The path is mostly even with the exception of a drain cover at the beginning of the route (photograph 2).
  • Approximately 130 metres along Gower Place, there is a vehicle entrance point into Gower Court.
  • The crossing has tactile paving on both sides with moderate gradients between the path and the road.
  • There are dropped kerbs on both sides of the road.
  • The road is level.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac that is uneven in places.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • When crossing be wary of vehicles entering/exiting Gower Court.
  • Having crossed, continue along Gower Place for a further 40 metres towards the Gordon Street.

Gordon Street Right Hand Side

  • Upon reaching Gordon Street, turn right.
  • This side of Gordon Street is approximately 110 metres long and provides access to 25 Gordon Street, the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Bloomsbury Theatre.
  • The path along this side of Gordon Street consists of both brick and block paving.
  • The path is mostly level with easy gradients in places.
  • The path is mostly even with uneven areas (photograph 2).

Gordon Street Crossing - Access to the Left Hand Side of Gordon Street

  • Upon reaching Gordon Street, turn immediately right and head approximately 5 metres towards the Gordon Street Crossing.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There is a moderate gradient between the path and the road.
  • The road is level.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac that is uneven in places.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Be wary when crossing, as the road is busy and traffic flows from both sides.

Gordon Street Left Hand Side

  • Having crossed at the Gordon Street crossing, turn right.
  • This side of Gordon Street is approximately 150 metres long and provides access to the Christopher Ingold Building and Gordon House.
  • The path along this side of Gordon Street consists of block paving.
  • The path becomes uneven immediately following the crossing due drain covers.
  • Beyond this, the path is mostly even with a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road.