The main building of the Department of Genetics has undergone extensive refurbishment, but this has not affected access. The ground floor and first floor are both accessible and walk-through. Some areas of basement and second floor labs are accessible via the lift. It is advisable for anyone with mobility difficulties wishing to visit the Department to contact us in advance to check whether access is feasible, and to enable us to try to make alternative arrangements if not.
The main entrance to the building, which leads to Reception, has been adapted. The image at the top of the page shows the configuration. The flight of steps approaching the front door has a handrail, and there is a wheelchair lift. A push button is available to open the main doors. The three other entrances to the building are card-access only, and all have steps.
Once inside the building, there is an internal lift, which is fairly small but has a wide entrance. However, it cannot provide full level access to some areas of the building. Some staff offices on the 2nd floor mezzanine, and the Bateson meeting room, are at the top of a winding flight of stairs, and so have restricted access at all times.
In addition, physically disabled visitors to the Department of Genetics may need to take the following into account before arrival:
- It is difficult to obtain a parking space anywhere on the Downing site. If we are given sufficient notice, however, we will be able to reserve a space. However, during refurbishment you may not be able to park conveniently close to the building
- All entrances are up steps, but the main entrance does have a wheelchair lift
- Most corridors have several sets of heavy fire doors to be opened in order to reach labs or offices. Please ask for help if necessary
The building complies with most of the requirements of the DDA and its supporting legislation. In most cases, any problems caused by deficits in the Department can be surmounted by modifying existing equipment, or making adjustments to the premises, should anyone require continued access.
Teaching rooms in the Department are fitted with hearing induction loops. A portable induction loop is available for use in other areas, and can be picked up from Reception.
We are aware that not all disabilities are obvious and different people require different amounts of help. Please do ask us for help or information, and if possible say why you need a specific service.
Advance warning of a visit is especially strongly recommended during refurbishment. Please be reassured you are very welcome to visit the Department, and we will do our best to ensure that your requests for assistance are dealt with swiftly.
Reception: tel. [01223 3]33999
Department of Genetics Disability Officer: Mark Hammond, ext 33962
For access to other buildings where members of the Department work, please contact Reception in the relevant building: See our contacts page