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Route 7: Quad to Torrington Place

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to Torrington Place via Gower Street. The approximate distance of this route is 500m.
  • The route takes approximately 6 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 Street, Huntley Street) and congested pathways.
  • a href="http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/ucl/torrington-place-1-19">For further information regarding Torrington Place 1-19 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 Street Crossing

  • Upon exiting the Quad, turn left and head along Gower Street for approximately 240 metres towards Torrington Place.
  • The path along this section of the route consists mostly of tarmac, with sections of brick paving and concrete when exiting the quad.
  • The path is mostly level with easy gradients in places.
  • The path is uneven in places partly due to lowered drain covers (photograph 5).
  • The path becomes narrow in places, most notably when passing the two bus stops positioned along this section of the route (photographs 3 and 7).
  • Upon reaching the end of the path, turn right and cross the road over Gower Street.

Gower Street Crossing

  • There is minimal tactile paving available on the near side leading down to the crossing due to lowered drain covers (photograph 1).
  • There is no tactile paving on the far side leading up off the crossing due to lowered drain covers (photograph 3).
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface has a slight camber and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is uneven in places.
  • There are visual signals available at this 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.

Gower Street Crossing to Huntley Street Crossing

  • Having crossed the road over Gower Street, continue ahead along Torrington Place for approximately 80 metres towards the Huntley Street crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is tactile paving across the path approximately 4 metres beyond the crossing (photograph 1).
  • 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 (photograph 2).
  • The path narrows in places due to lampposts (photograph 2).
  • Approximately 40 metres beyond the crossing, there is a road crossing over Chenies Mews (photographs 4 and 5).
  • 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 uphill slope and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are no signals available at this crossing.
  • Be wary of vehicles entering/exiting the road when crossing.
  • Having crossed over Chenies Mews, continue ahead along Torrington Place for the remaining 30 metres until reaching the Huntley Street crossing.

Huntley Street 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 has a slight camber and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is uneven in places.
  • There are visual signals available at this 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.

Huntley Street Crossing to 1-19 Torrington Place Accessible Entrance

  • Having crossed the road over Huntley Street, continue along Torrington Place for approximately 90 metres towards the 1-19 Torrington Place accessible entrance.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block and brick paving.
  • There is tactile paving across the path approximately 4 metres beyond the crossing (photograph 1).
  • There are concrete and glass slabs along the right hand side of the path on approach to 1-19 Torrington Place (photograph 6).
  • 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 hole covers and paving slabs.
  • Approximately 25 metres beyond the crossing, cross the over the vehicle access road (photographs 4 and 5).
  • The crossing has no tactile paving on either side.
  • There are dropped kerbs with a small lip at the kerb edge (under 2cm) on both sides.
  • The road over the crossing has a slight slope from left to right towards Torrington Place.
  • The road surface consists of concrete and is uneven in places.
  • Be wary of vehicles entering/exiting when crossing.
  • Having crossed, turn slightly right and continue ahead along Torrington Place for the remaining 55 metres until reaching the 1-19 Torrington Place accessible entrance.
  • The path narrows at this section of the route due to temporary construction fencing on the right hand side (photograph 6).
  • The entrance is located to the right hand side and is shown in photograph 7.
  • Torrington Place 33-35 is also located along Torrington Place, off Malet Place.
  • For further information regarding directions to 33-35 Torrington Place, please click here.