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Access to the building for those with limited mobility

The main building of the Department of Genetics has undergone extensive refurbishment, but this has not affected access.

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 of them have steps.

The ground floor, first floor and second floor labs are all reasonably accessible and can be traversed the length of the building. Some areas of the basement are accessible via the lift, but some labs are reached by an additional small flight of stairs.

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.

Once inside the building, there is an internal lift, which is fairly small but has a wide entrance. However, it may not provide full access to all areas of the building.

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, you may not be able to park conveniently close to the accessible main entrance
  • 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.

The teaching room in the Department is fitted with a hearing induction loop. 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:  [none currently]

For access to other buildings where members of the Department work, please contact Reception in the relevant building: See our contacts page

Guides to access to the University of Cambridge buildings, and much more information about the University's provision for disabled staff and students can be found on the Disability Resource Centre website