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Route 10: Quad to Bidborough House

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to Bidborough House via Gower Street, Gower Place, Euston Road (A501), Mabledon Place and Bidborough Street.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 1km.
  • The route takes approximately 12 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 (Gower Place, Gordon Street, Upper Woburn Place, Dukes Road, Mabledon Place) and congested pathways.
  • For further information regarding Bidborough House please click here.

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 Place 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 and dropped kerbs on both sides with moderate gradients 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.
  • 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 to Gordon Street Crossing

  • Upon reaching Gordon Street, turn left onto the Gower Place crossing.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of brick paving and is level.
  • The road is uneven in places due to raised bricks as well as a lowered drain cover at the beginning of the crossing.
  • Having crossed, continue ahead for approximately 40 meters towards the Gordon Street crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving and has a slight easy downward gradient along its entirety.
  • The path is uneven in places due to multiple lowered/raised drain covers (photographs 3 and 4).
  • Having reached the end of the path, turn right onto the Gordon Street crossing.

Gordon Street Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides as well as on the central island (photograph 3).
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface is cambered and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are visual signals available both at the beginning and middle of the crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 95cm and 105cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Traffic flow is from the right hand side for the first section of the crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the left hand side for the second section of the crossing.

Gordon Street Crossing to Upper Woburn Place Crossing

  • Having crossed the road over Gordon Street, continue ahead along Euston Road for approximately 200 metres towards the Upper Woburn Place crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is tactile paving across the path in a number of places along the route (photographs 1, 6 and 10).
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is mostly even with uneven areas due to lowered/raised drain covers and paving slabs.
  • The path becomes narrow in places, most notably when passing the bus stop (photographs 3 and 4).
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, cross the road over Upper Woburn Place.

Upper Woburn Place Crossing

  • The crossing is separated into 3 sections with 2 central islands.
  • There is tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides of the crossing.
  • There is also tactile paving and dropped kerbs on the second central island (photograph 4).
  • The first central island (photograph 3) is level with the road.
  • There are easy to moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The second central island is slightly raised with easy gradients between it and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface has a slight camber across its entirety and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even with uneven areas at the first central island due to lowered/raised drain covers (photograph 3).
  • There are visual signals available at both sides of the crossing as well as at both of the central islands.
  • The visual signals are activated via push button between the heights of 95cm and 105cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Traffic flow is from the right hand side at the first section of the crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the left hand side at the second and third sections of the crossing.

Upper Woburn Place Crossing to Duke's Road Crossing

  • Having crossed the road over Upper Woburn Place, turn slightly left and continue along Euston Road for approximately 70 metres towards the Duke's Road crossing.
  • The path changes to brick paving immediately after crossing for approximately 5 metres before returning to block paving.
  • The path has a slight uphill slope over its entirety as well as a slight easy gradient slope towards the road.
  • The path is uneven in places due to lowered/raised drain covers as well as raised paving slabs caused by tree roots.
  • Stay to the right as the path is more even along this side.
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, cross the road over Duke's Road.

Duke's Road Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road has a slight downhill slope along its entirety and consists of tarmac.
  • The road surface is even.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the left hand side.

Dukes Road Crossing to Mabledon Place Turning

  • Having crossed the road over Duke's Road, continue ahead along Euston Road for approximately 140 metres towards the Mabledon Place turning.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is mostly even with uneven areas due to lowered/raised drain covers and paving slabs.
  • The path becomes narrow in places most notably when passing the bus stop (photographs 5 and 6).
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, turn right onto Mabledon Place.
  • The path at the turning is uneven in places due to multiple lowered/raised drain hole covers (photograph 8).

Mabledon Place Turning to Mabledon Place Crossing

  • Having turned, continue ahead along Mabledon Place for approximately 40 metres towards the Mabledon Place crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • The path has an easy uphill slope along its entirety as well as a slight easy slope towards the road.
  • The path is mostly even.
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, turn left and cross the road over Mabledon Place towards Bidborough Street.

Mabledon Place Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There is also a central island that has tactile paving on it as well as dropped kerbs on both sides (photograph 2).
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The central island is level with the road on both sides.
  • The road surface has a slight camber and consists of tarmac.
  • The road surface is even.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the right at the first section of the crossing.
  • The second section of the crossing crosses over a cycle lane with traffic flow also from the right hand side.

Mabledon Place Crossing to Bidborough House Main Entrance

  • Having crossed the road over Mabledon Place, turn slightly right and continue ahead along Mabledon Place and onto Bidborough Street for approximately 50 metres until reaching the Bidborough House main entrance.
  • Alternatively, turn left at the crossing and continue ahead back along Mabledon Place for approximately 10 metres to access Bidborough House via the west entrance (photographs 6, 7, 8 and 9).
  • The path leading to the main entrance consists of block paving.
  • There is an initial easy uphill slope after the crossing along Mabledon Place up towards Bidborough Street.
  • Along Bidborough Street there is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is mostly even.
  • The path narrows due to railing running along the left hand side of the path (photograph 3).
  • The entrance ramp is located on the left hand side of the path and is shown in photograph 4.
  • For further information regarding access into Central House please see the relevant access guide.