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1 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH. Old Infirmary Building (Geography). A GUIDE TO ACCESS AND FACILITIES. Address: Old Infirmary Building (Geography). 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, E,H,8 9,X,P. Telephone number: Campus map link:

2 Alternative Format. 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, E,H,1 1,N,P. Page 1.

3 Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. Note: A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is required for all staff and students unable to self-evacuate in an emergency. Provision for staff/students/visitors who are unable to self-evacuate is the responsibility of the organiser of the class/lecture/event/meeting. While the School is responsible for preparing this, staff and students requiring assistance should confirm the evacuation arrangements. Page 2.

4 Table of Contents. Introduction. Page 4. Location., Page 4. Map. Page 5. Perspective View. Page 6. Parking. Page 7. Outside Access. Page 8. Internal Access. Page 10. Reception. Page 11. Lift. Page 12. Stairs. Page 13. Toilets. Page 13. Room Directory. Page 16. Floor Plans. Page 17. Opening Hours. Page 23. Contact Information. Page 24. Links. Page 25. Page 3.

5 Disabled Access Guide for the Old Infirmary Building (Geography). This building has in part been adapted for use by persons in wheelchairs and persons who have difficulty with mobility or are infirm. Seating is available. Accessible and standard toilets are also available. Introduction. The Old Infirmary Building was originally built as a surgical hospital in 1853, but is now the location of the Institute of Geography (School of GeoSciences). The building houses a library, teaching rooms, laboratories, postgraduate offices and staff offices. Location. The Old Infirmary Building is located within what is referred to as the Central Campus of the University of Edinburgh which is well served by public transport. The building is within approximately a quarter of a mile of the city centre and is within approximately one mile of the main student residences at Pollock Halls. The nearest railway line is at Waverley Station in the city centre. The nearest bus stops are located on Holyrood Road and South Bridge, in excess of 200 metres of the Old Infirmary Building. The number 36 Lothian bus service stops on Holyrood Road and numerous other services stop on South Bridge (see map on the following page). Details of timetables are available from Lothian Buses, from their offices within the city and online from: Persons arriving by vehicle can access the Old Infirmary Building from the Cowgate, the Pleasance or South Bridge (see map on the following page). Wheelchair users and persons with mobility difficulties can access the Old Infirmary Building at the main entrance, or alternatively at the secondary entrance (see map on the following page). Page 4.

6 Old Infirmary Building Location Map. Page 5.

7 Old Infirmary Building Perspective View. Page 6.

8 Parking. Within the Central Campus there are numerous parking spaces. Anyone wishing to park within a university bay must display a valid parking permit. This includes staff, students, visitors and contractors. There is a university car park located off Drummond Street, to the front of the Old Infirmary Building (see location map). The car park is suitably surfaced for wheelchair users and contains a disabled bay which is located within approximately 40 metres of the main entrance. Old Infirmary car park image. Disabled parking bay image. There are three additional university disabled parking bays located off Infirmary Street, to the rear of the Old Infirmary Building (see location map). These bays are suitably surfaced for wheelchair users and are located within approximately 30 metres of the secondary entrance. Disabled parking bays images. The Old Infirmary Building is wheelchair accessible from the aforementioned university car park and disabled bays. If you do not hold a valid permit and require use of a university bay, it is recommended that contact is made with Transport & Parking prior to your journey (see contact information page). Page 7.

9 City of Edinburgh Council pay and display parking is located along Infirmary Street, Drummond Street and Roxburgh Street (see location map). Parking along these streets is not recommended for wheelchair users without assistance as there are limited drop kerbs to the adjacent footpaths. Furthermore, Infirmary Street is of a steep gradient. Outside Access. The Old Infirmary Building has two entrances. Access point map. The main entrance is located at the front of the building off Drummond Street. Pedestrian access to this entrance is from Drummond Street via a flight of steps, or alternatively is via the entrance to the aforementioned university car park. The steps are located beyond two gates which are fastened open during opening hours. The steps do not incorporate handrails, contrasting nosings or a tactile surface at the top/bottom. Gates before steps image. Steps down from Drummond Street image. Page 8.

10 Wheelchair access is possible via the car park entrance but is not recommended without assistance. The car park entrance comprises granite setts and is accessed: up from the Pleasance via a steep footpath; down from South Bridge via a moderately graded footpath; or, down from Roxburgh Street via a moderately graded footpath and a road which does not incorporate a pedestrian crossing (see location map). Car park entrance image. If you are arriving on foot or by wheelchair and intend to access the Old Infirmary Building via the car park entrance, please pay due care and attention for moving vehicles. The main entrance is accessed via a threshold ramp which is of a negotiable gradient. The entrance door is double width, opens outwards and is automated using a door release button which is located at the top of the threshold ramp and to the right of the entrance door. There is a swipe card access point and pin pad located beside the door release button which can be used to access the building out of hours by authorised staff and students. Main entrance image. Page 9.

11 The secondary entrance is located to the rear of the building adjacent the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. Pedestrian access to this entrance is: down from South Bridge via a steep footpath; down from Drummond Street via numerous steps; or, up from the Cowgate via a footpath which is steep and narrow. Please note that wheelchair access is possible with assistance down from South Bridge, but is unsuitable both down from Drummond Street and up from the Cowgate. The secondary entrance is accessed via a threshold ramp which is of a negotiable gradient. The entrance door requires a university smartcard to access, is single width, is operated manually and opens outwards. There is a swipe card access point and pin pad located to the right of the door at the top of the threshold ramp. Secondary entrance image. If you are a wheelchair user or have mobility difficulties and are visiting the Old Infirmary Building for the first time, it is recommended that contact is made with the School of GeoSciences Health and Safety Manager prior to your journey (see contact information page). Internal Access. There is level internal access to a library which is located on the ground floor of the Old Infirmary Building. Upon entering the building at the main entrance, the library can be accessed by proceeding through a manually operated double door which is located to the right beyond the main stairwell (see ground floor plan). There is level internal access between the Old Infirmary Building and the adjoining building, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, on the ground floor (see ground floor plan). Internal access to the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is via a secure door which requires a university smartcard to release. Page 10.

12 Reception. There is a reception and a servitors office. Reception. The reception is located to the left upon entering the Old Infirmary Building at the main entrance, within the geography office (see ground floor plan). - The reception is suitable for approach by wheelchair users but contains limited manoeuvring space. - Lighting levels are good. - There is no induction loop. Geography office reception image. Servitors Office. The servitors office is located immediately to the right upon entering the building at the main entrance (see ground floor plan). Please note that this office is usually unmanned. - The servitors office is suitable for approach by wheelchair users. - There is a communication hatch. - Lighting levels are not good. - There is no induction loop. Page 11.

13 Servitors office image. There is a manned servitors office located at Old college. The servitors can provide assistance for wheelchair users and persons with mobility difficulties. To arrange assistance prior to your journey please call the Old College servitors office on: A Guide to Access for Old College is available from: Lift. All floors excluding mezzanine levels are accessible by lift. - The lift is located within approximately 20 metres of the main and secondary entrances (see floor plans). - The lift call points and car controls are located within comfortable reach of wheelchair users. - There is braille located below the lift call points which identifies floor levels. - The lift control panel has braille markings. - The lift has an alarm. - There is contrast between the lift wall and floor surfaces. - There is an audible announcer. - The lift has a mirror on the rear wall. - The lift car interior has handrails on three walls. - There is a visual floor indicator. Page 12.

14 - The lighting level in the lift is good. - The lift doors have pressure sensors. Stairs. All floors are accessible by stairs. - Due to the age of the building some of the stairs do not have colour contrasting nosings. - All stairs have a handrail to one or both sides. - The lighting level in the main stairwell is not good and lighting level in all other stairwells is fair. Stairs image. Toilets. There are accessible toilets located on the ground and first floors (see floor plans). Please note that the first floor accessible toilet is located within a secure area and is only suitable for use by persons who are authorised to access this area. - There is right hand lateral transfer space in both the ground and first floor accessible toilets. - There is good manoeuvring space in both of the accessible toilets. - There are emergency pull chord alarms in both of the accessible toilets. - The ground floor accessible toilet door opens inwards and the first floor accessible toilet door opens outwards. Page 13.

15 - The width of the accessible toilet doors is suitable for wheelchairs. - There are suitable dropdown and support rails for transfer. - The tap types are lever operation. - There are no coat hooks. - The contrast between the grab rails and walls is good in the ground floor accessible toilet. - The contrast between the grab rails and walls is not good in the first floor accessible toilet. - The contrast between the walls and floors is good in both of the accessible toilets. - The lighting level in the cubicles is good. Ground floor accessible toilet cubicle images. First floor accessible toilet cubicle image. Standard female toilets are located on the basement floor, a combined female/accessible toilet is located on the ground floor and standard male toilets are located on the basement floor mezzanine. Please note that the standard male toilets are accessed via stairs (see floor plans). Page 14.

16 Combined accessible and female toilet signage image. Page 15.

17 This floor comprises: This floor comprises: This floor comprises: This floor comprises: This floor comprises: This floor comprises: Room Directory. Second Floor. First Floor. Ground Floor Mezzanine. Ground Floor. Basement Floor Mezzanine. Basement Floor. Darwin Room. Geddes Room. Staff Offices. Accessible Toilet (Restricted Access). Hutton Room. Laboratories. Postgraduate Offices. Staff Offices. Watsons Room. Postgraduate Office. Staff Offices. Accessible Toilet. Geography Office. Library. Teaching Rooms. Social Room. Staff Offices. Postgraduate Offices. Male Toilets. Drummond Rooms A&B. Female Toilets. Postgraduate Offices. Social Room. Staff Offices. Page 16.

18 Floor Plans. - The following five pages contain floor plans. This page contains the basement floor plan. Page 17.

19 - This page contains the basement floor mezzanine plan. Page 18.

20 - This page contains the ground floor plan. Page 19.

21 - This page contains the ground floor mezzanine plan. Page 20.

22 - This page contains the first floor plan. Page 21.

23 - This page contains the second floor plan. Page 22.

24 Opening Hours. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. Closed. Closed. Geography Office Reception. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. Closed. Closed. The Geography Office closes on weekdays between 12:30pm & 2pm. Page 23.

25 Contact Information. School of GeoSciences: Telephone number: School of GeoSciences Health and Safety Manager: Richard Chalkley. Telephone number: Institute of Geography: Telephone number: Geography Office: Beth Muir (Undergraduate Secretary). Telephone number: Servitor: Telephone number: / Transport & Parking: Telephone number: University Switchboard: Telephone number: Page 24.

26 Links. University Homepage. Campus Maps. Bookable Rooms Guides. Student Disability Service. School of GeoSciences. Institute of Geography. Transport & Parking. City of Edinburgh Council Parking. Page 25.

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