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Zoology Building

Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ

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Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Aberdeen.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Aberdeen.
  • Comments
    • The building contains the Zoology department, the Natural History Centre and the Zoology Museum.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 280cm (13ft 1in x 9ft 2in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the accessible entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 26m (28yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 250cm (8ft 2in).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading from the car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Comments
    • The automatic doors require a swipe card to activate, and open towards you.
    • They are push pad operated from the inside.

Level Change (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up from the car park to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up from the car park to the entrance.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • 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 both sides.
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does not bypass the step(s).
  • The lift does not bypass the ramp/slope.

Lift (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG and G.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 97cm x 142cm (3ft 2in x 4ft 8in).
  • 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 lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments
    • This lift gives access from the accessible entrance to the ground floor, next to the main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Tillydrone Avenue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 149cm (4ft 11in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 149cm (4ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • There are also manual doors next to the automatic doors.
    • The main entrance gives access to the ground floor.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to the walkway from the pavement.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments
    • There are 3 further steps in front of the entrance.

Outside Access (Cruickshank Botanic Gardens Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building from the botanic gardens.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in).
  • Comments
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • There is also a gate, 116cm wide, leading from the gardens to the ramp.
    • This entrance is located at the rear of the building, and gives access to the ground floor.

Level Change (Cruickshank Botanic Gardens Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up from the gardens to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception (Enquiries Point)

  • The desk/counter is 30m (32yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments
    • The enquiries desk is located on the ground floor, along to corridor next to the main lifts.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G, 1, 2 ,3 and 4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Main)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the main foyer, opposite the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2 ,3 and 4.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 167cm (2ft 11in x 5ft 6in).
  • 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 Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Lecture Theatre(s)

  • 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 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 at the front.
  • There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • 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 a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 68cm.
  • 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
    • Level access to the wheelchair seating and speaker's area is via the lift to the lower ground floor.
    • There are 3 clearly marked steps with a handrail on the right from the ground floor.

Museum (Zoology Museum)

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • 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
    • The museum is located on the lower floor.

Level Change (Upper Gallery)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located on the ground floor leading to the museum balcony gallery.
  • There is/are 3 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 in the centre.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located just off the main foyer.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 197cm x 226cm (6ft 6in x 7ft 5in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on both sides.
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 is a mirror.
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are baby changing facilities located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located just off the main foyer.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 29m (31yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located just off the main foyer.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The standard toilets also contain showers, which are accessed via a deep step.
    • There are also standard toilets located on lower ground, first, second and third floors.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.