Adam Smith Building

University of Glasgow, Bute Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RT

0141 330 2000

disability@glasgow.ac.uk

www.gla.ac.uk

Guide Last Updated: 13/11/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include The School of Social and Political Sciences, teaching rooms (levels 2, 3 and 4), the Adam Smith Library (level 4), Computer Clusters A&B (level 9) and Computer Clusters L&M (level 11).

  • The building is divided into the main teaching block to the left and the staff offices block to the right.

  • The Adam Smith Building is situated on the main campus.

  • There is a standard lift between the blocks but it does not give level access to all levels of the teaching block.

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.

  • This venue is situated in Glasgow.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Partick.

  • The nearest Underground Station is Hillhead.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located in front of the building on Bute Gardens.

  • 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 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 420cm x 320cm (13ft 9in x 10ft 6in).

  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 42m (45yd 2ft) from the main accessible entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 56m (61yd 9in) from the main accessible entrance.

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

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

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The convenient drop off point is located in Bute Gardens, outside the main entrance.

  • There are designated bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus. Students and staff who are Blue Badge holders automatically receive a parking permit free of charge. Please see the University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.

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  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located behind the building through the archway at the right 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 340cm x 440cm (11ft 2in x 14ft 5in).

  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main accessible entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main accessible entrance.

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

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

  • The car park surface is concrete.

  • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.

  • The height of the arch is not indicated.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front left of the building on Bute Gardens.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).

  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

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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 on the right as you face the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • 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 in front of the entrance.

  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.

  • 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).

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on Bute 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 130cm (4ft 3in).

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front centre of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).

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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 to the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located internally from level 2.

  • There is/are 8 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 on both sides.

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  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the front entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • The Janitor Box is situated immediately beyond the rear entrance.

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  • There is not level access to the service(s).

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • This information is for the entrance located Level 4.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • 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 158cm (5ft 2in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The 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 158cm (5ft 2in).

  • The opening times of the library are 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday during term times.

  • The contact telephone number for the library is 0141 330 670

  • The email contact is: library@lib.gla.ac.uk.

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  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the library entrance.

  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).

  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is a security barrier with easy ramps at the reception. The width is 86cm.

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  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in large print.

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in audio format.

  • The opening times of the library are 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday during term times.

  • The contact telephone number for the library is 0141 330 670

  • The email contact is: library@lib.gla.ac.uk.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on Level 9.

  • There is level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

  • Computer Clusters A&B are open from 09:00 to 21:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 to 16:45 on a Friday during term time. At other times it is open 09:00 to 16:45 Monday to Friday.

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

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on Level 11.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

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

  • There is/are 8 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 deep (18cm+).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The lift does not exit on to this level and so the cluster is only accessible via steps.

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  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 2, 4, 7, 9, 11.

  • The stairs are located immediately beyond the main entrance toward the left of the building.

  • The stairs are approximately 4m from the main entrance.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all 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.

  • The other staircase toward the centre of the building gives access to all other floors.

  • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all services on levels 7 and 11.

  • This is the main staircase in the teaching block which is situated immediately beyond the main entrance.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6, 7, 8, 9/10, 11, 12, 13.

  • The stairs are located in the centre between the teaching block to the left and the staff offices to the right.

  • The stairs are approximately 4m from the front entrance.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • 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.

  • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are all services on level 7 and 11.

  • These stairs are located immediately between the front and rear entrances and gives access to all levels of both blocks.

  • The services located in the staff block include the School of Social and Political Sciences.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located immediately beyond the level 3 entrance.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 3, 4/5, 6, 8, 9/10, 12 and 13.

  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the Level 3 accessible entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 150cm x 110cm (4ft 11in x 3ft 7in).

  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).

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

  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.

  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does not have tactile markings.

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

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • Level 2 has ramped access externally to level 3 via the main or front entrances.

  • Levels 7 and 11 do not have level access from the lift.

  • The only seminar room which has level access from the lift is Room 916.

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  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on level 2, in the standard toilets facilities.

  • The accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter.

  • There is a similar female accessible toilet in the standard female toilet facilities.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is not a unisex toilet.

  • The accessible cubicles are within the male and female toilet facilities.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 143cm x 185cm (4ft 8in x 6ft 1in).

  • There is not 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 the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not 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 not available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.

  • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are not 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 not a hand dryer.

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The accessible toilet cubicle surveyed was in the male standard toilets on level 2.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2, in the main corridor.

  • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on level 2, in the main corridor.

  • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There are additional standard toilets on level 7.

  • There is not level access to any toilets from the lift.

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  • There are 4 assistive software programs available on the Common Student Computing Environment (CSCE).

  • These programs are: MindGenius, Zoomtext, Texthelp (Read and Write) and Kurzwell 3000.

  • Disability awareness training is available for all staff through the Staff Development Service. Other training relating to specific areas of disability awareness, such as curriculum development or a specialised software package is provided from theLearning and Teaching Centre,IT Servicesand theStudent Disability Service.

  • The photograph shows the access to the staff area of the library.