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1 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Alexander Graham Bell Building King s Buildings A GUIDE TO ACCESS AND FACILITIES Alexander Graham Bell Building King s Buildings Edinburgh EH93JF United Kingdom alexander-graham-bell-building

2 If you require this document in an alternative format (e.g. large print) please contact the Estates and Buildings Department or telephone or write to: Estates and Buildings The University of Edinburgh Design Group Office 11 Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1NP Campus maps are available at: Main Switchboard Number:

3 Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. Note: Although a building may have suitable access, it is important that confirmation is sought that there are emergency evacuation procedures in place. Therefore, it will be necessary to contact your personal tutor/line manager or your host to enable the preparation of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). This will ensure that facilities and procedures are in place in the event of an emergency or that alternative locations are used.

4 Disabled Access Guide for the Alexander Graham Bell Building This building is designed for, or has been adapted for the use of persons in wheelchairs, persons who have difficulty with mobility or are infirm. Seating is available. Accessible and standard toilets are also available. Introduction. Bell, Alexander Graham, physicist, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 3 March He is a son of Alexander Melville Bell and was educated at the Edinburgh high school and Edinburgh University, receiving special training in his father's system for removing impediments in speech. Bell had long been fascinated by the idea of transmitting speech, and by 1875 had come up with a simple receiver that could turn electricity into sound. Bell was granted a patent for the telephone on 7 March 1876 and it developed quickly. Within a year the first telephone exchange was built in Connecticut and the Bell Telephone Company was created in 1877, with Bell the owner of a third of the shares, quickly making him a wealthy man. The Alexander Graham Bell Building is part of the School Of Engineering. This building houses the Centre for telecommunications and Institute for Digital Communications amongst other Labs.

5 Location. The Alexander Graham Bell Building is located within Edinburgh University s King s Buildings campus; this campus is well served by public transport and is accessible by car. The building is within three miles of the city centre and two miles of the main halls of residence at Pollock Halls. The campus lies between West Mains Road and Mayfield Road, about two miles south of George Square. The nearest railway line is at Waverley Station in the city Centre. The nearest bus stops are located within the campus and on Mayfield Road approximately 350 metres from the Alexander Graham Bell Building. Numerous bus services stop on Mayfield Road. Details of timetables are available from Lothian Buses, from their offices within the city and online from Persons with mobility difficulties arriving by vehicle can access the Alexander Graham Bell Building from Gate 4 which is located on Mayfield Road. Area plan of the King s Buildings Campus.

6 Parking. The King s Buildings Campus has numerous parking bays but no free parking; all parking bays within the campus require a permit. City of Edinburgh Council parking is available outwith the campus on the adjacent Ross Road and Hallhead Road. There are two disabled parking bays located in the Alexander Graham Bell Building car park; these are located close to Entrance 1. There are two additional disabled parking bays to the front of the Fleeming Jenkin Building. Entrance 1 is the recommended access point for the Alexander Graham Bell Building for wheelchair users Disabled parking bays to the front of the Alexander Graham Bell Building image. The road surfaces are of good standard, allowing easy access to the Building. Disabled parking bays to the front of the Fleeming Jenkin Building image. These parking bays are outwith 120 metres of Entrance 2.

7 Outside Access. There are two entrances to the Alexander Graham Bell Building. Entrance 1 is located to the front of the building and accesses the building on the First Floor. The entrance consists of a ramp leading to a secure double door and then the main lobby. From the main lobby there is access to the lift, stairs and accessible toilet. Entrance 1. 2 Main lobby in the Alexander Graham Bell Building image. External doors require a swipe card to gain access to the building image. 2 The access ramp from the disabled parking bays incorporates hand rails on both sides. image.

8 Entrance 2. Entrance 2 is located to the rear of the Alexander Graham Bell Building. The entrance consists of a secure automatic door, is primarily used as a staff/ cyclist entrance and provides access to the Ground Floor. There is access to the stairs and lift from this floor. Access to this entrance is via the Fleeming Jenkin Buildings permit holder s car park. From the car park there is a long steep gradient between two buildings and a slabbed footpath to Entrance 2. The access route to Entrance 2 is not suitable for self-propelled wheelchair users. Entrance 2 requires a swipe card to gain access to the building. image. 2 There is an uneven slabbed footpath leading to Entrance 2 from the Fleeming Jenkin Building car park. image. Internal staircase leading from the Ground Floor lobby image. (See Area Plan for Access Point)

9 Inside Access. There is easy access between the Alexander Graham Bell Building and the William Rankine Building via a corridor on the third floor. This is the only internal access between the two buildings. (See Floor Plan for Access Point) Enquiries Office. There are two enquiries office s in this building; one is on the First Floor (Room 1.15) close to Entrance 1 and the other is on the third floor (Room 3.06). Door leading from main lobby to the Enquiries Office (First Floor) image. Enquires Office (Room 1.15) image. (See Floor Plan for Locations)

10 Lifts. There is one lift in the Alexander Graham Bell Building; this is located close to Entrance 1. The lift is located close to the accessible toilet on the Ground Floor. The lift call points and car controls are at an accessible height. The lift car controls are within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user. The control panel has braille markings. The lift has an alarm and emergency disabled call point. There is contrast between the lift wall and floor surfaces. There is no hearing loop. There is an audible announcer. The lift has a mirror on the rear wall. The lift car interior has handrails There is a visual floor indicator. The lighting level in the lift is good Lift doors have pressure sensors

11 Stairs. There is one central staircase within the Alexander Graham Bell Building. This staircase is located within the lobby and provides access to all floors. There is an evacuation chair located within the First Floor lobby. An evacuation procedure is available and managed by the buildings management team. There are two additional fire escape only staircases within the building. These are located at opposite corners of the building and serve all floors. All stair cases within the building have contrasting nosings, tactile coverings and handrails on both sides. (See Floor Plans for Location) Central Staircase leading from the Ground Floor lobby image.

12 Toilets. The accessible toilet incorporates the following: There is a left hand lateral transfer space. There is good manoeuvring space. Emergency pull chord. The door opens outwards. The width of the accessible toilet door is suitable for wheelchairs. There are suitable dropdown and support rails for transfer. The tap type is lever operation. There is not a coat hook. The contrast between the grab rails and wall is fair. The contrast between the walls and floor is good. Lighting levels are good. Toilets are available on floors as follows: Standard Male and Female toilets are located on the Ground, First, Second and Third Floors. Accessible toilets are located on the First and Second Floors. (See Floor Plans for Locations) First Floor accessible toilet image.

13 Floor Plans. Ground Floor Plan - Alexander Graham Bell Building

14 First Floor Plan - Alexander Graham Bell Building

15 Second Floor Plan - Alexander Graham Bell Building

16 Third Floor Plan - Alexander Graham Bell Building

17 Opening Hours and Contact Information. Main Office. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Contact Information. Building Management: University Switchboard:

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