Zoology Building

Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ

01224 272 000

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www.abdn.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 21/09/2017

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Access Guide

  • 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.

  • The building contains the Zoology department, the Natural History Centre and the Zoology Museum.

  • The venue does have its own 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).

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • 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).

  • The automatic doors require a swipe card to activate, and open towards you.

  • They are push pad operated from the inside.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • This lift gives access from the accessible entrance to the ground floor, next to the main entrance.

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  • 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).

  • 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).

  • 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.

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  • 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).

  • There are 3 further steps in front of the entrance.

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  • 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).

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • The enquiries desk is located on the ground floor, along to corridor next to the main lifts.

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  • There is level access to the service(s).

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • The museum is located on the lower floor.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • There are baby changing facilities located within the accessible toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.