South Wing

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

020 7679 0000

efdservices@ucl.ac.uk

www.ucl.ac.uk/estates/maintenance/customer-services/

Guide Last Updated: 21/02/2018

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Access Guide

  • Basement floor - print room café
    Ground floor - south wing committee room, south wing council room, UCL institute of advanced studies and digital media laboratory
    First floor - maps faculty office, Garwood Lecture Theatre, UCL earth sciences, UCL natural sciences office, slash seminar rooms, institute of advanced studies seminar rooms
    Second floor - UCL earth sciences, UCL institute for risk and disaster reduction.

  • Related link Chadwick Building.

  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/ucl/chadwick-building

  • Related link Wilkins Building.

  • Http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/ucl/wilkins-building

  • UCL is based in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Most of the buildings are close to the Euston Road (A501), and are located within the Congestion Charge Zone.

  • There is on street parking available on some of the streets in and around the UCL area.

  • There are many bus routes that stop close to the University buildings. The following bus routes stop on Gower Street, outside the main gate:- 10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station) 14 (Putney Heath to Warren Street Station) 24 (Hampstead Heath to Pimlico) 29 (Wood Green to Trafalgar Square) 73 (Victoria Bus Station to Stoke Newington) 134 (North Finchley Bus Station to Tottenham Court Road) 390 (Archway Station to Notting Hill Gate).

  • Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross stations are close to the majority of the University buildings. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.

  • The closest tube stations to Gower Street are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). There are many other tube stations in the vicinity of the University, including King's Cross St Pancras, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street.

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.

  • The car park can be used by visitors.

  • There are no parking charges.

  • The car park is located in Main Quad.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.

  • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The Blue Badge bay(s) markings are faded.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 360cm x 600cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 8in).

  • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the South Cloisters entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The car park surface is concrete.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The other Blue Badge bay is located just in front of the ramp to the octagon entrance to the Wilkins Building (as shown in photograph 3).

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1 and 2.

  • The stairs are located in the South Junction.

  • The stairs are approximately 23m from the South Cloisters entrance.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is a similar staircase in the North Cloister.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located in South Junction.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1 and 2.

  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the South Cloisters entrance.

  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 200cm x 128cm (6ft 7in x 4ft 2in).

  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is 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 lift does have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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  • This information is for the entrance located in South Junction.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 124cm (4ft 1in).

  • There is a similar entrance on the basement floor that opens both ways, is heavy and has a width of 124cm (as shown in photograph 2).

  • There is a similar entrance on the first floor that is automatic and opens towards you with a width of 140cm (as shown in photograph 3).

  • There is a similar entrance on the second floor that is push to open, heavy and has a width of 138cm (as shown in photograph 4).

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  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of Chadwick Building.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 106cm (3ft 6in).

  • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 4 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

  • There is one set of automatic double doors and one heavy single door between the Chadwick Building south east entrance and this entrance to the South Wing.

  • There is also an entrance leading onto the first floor of the South Wing, however this involves taking the south east staircase to the first floor.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off South Quad.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 6 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • There are five steps in front of the entrance and one at its base.

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  • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.

  • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 12A.

  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps are shown in photograph 1.

  • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to 12B.

  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps are shown in photograph 2.

  • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to M.01-M.07.

  • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps are shown in photograph 3.

  • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.

  • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.

  • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.

  • There is some flooring in corridors with a very shiny finish which could cause issues with glare or be perceived as slippery.

  • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • This building does not play background music.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • The hearing loop is located within Garwood Lecture Theatre.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off South Quad.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).

  • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.

  • There is / are 2 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • There is level access via the Wilkins Building basement entrance. This entrance provides access to the café through a single door that opens away from you, is 90cm wide and is permanently held open. This can be seen in photograph 3.

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  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • The bar does serve food.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Wilkins Building basement entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 46cm (1ft 6in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 108cm (3ft 7in).

  • The standard height for tables is 76cm.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hot food and snacks.

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  • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the south junction of the Wilkins Building on either the lower ground or the ground floor. Please see relevant guide for more details.

  • The nearest accessible toilet is located in the south walk of the Wilkins Building. Please see relevant guide for more details.