11-13 Banbury Road

IT Services - (1 of 1)

 

** Covid-19 update - access routes into and around the building may be different to those described on this page. Please contact the department directly to check current arrangements. **

There is step-free access to the ground floor and all training rooms. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor. There are hearing support systems in all of the training rooms, and the reception desk. 

 

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On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 1 space
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes
Other nearby parking Yes - Pay and Display
Main entrance Not Level. Intercom. Powered door
Alternative entrance Yes. Level
Wheelchair accessible toilets 2
Lift N/A
Hearing support systems

Yes

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IT Services have one parking space outside the building which can be booked by visitors.  Please contact the department directly to arrange booking this space. In terms of non-university spaces, parking on Banbury Road is scarce, but there are Pay and Display and Blue Badge spaces nearby on Keble Road (one-way).  Please follow the link for a map of Blue Badge parking in Oxford:

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The main entrance is not level, and is accessed via a small set of steps from Banbury Road, and these have no handrail or nosings.  The entrance door at the top of these steps is manual, with large vision panels.

Level access is available through a door to the left of the main entrance.  There is quite a steep ramp leading to the level access door, but it has a handrail on both sides.  Once you reach the door, there is an intercom on the left-hand side which you can use to contact reception.  If you are a visitor, someone from reception will come and guide you into the building.  The door is powered, and opens inwards. 

 

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Main reception – To get to the main reception, come through the accessible entrance and follow the corridor around to your left.  The reception desk will be on your left hand side.  There is a hearing support system, but no reduced height section.  It is possible to see over the counter in a wheelchair though.  There is a small waiting area opposite and to one side of reception.  Please take care, as this is at the top of some steps, and there is not much room to park a wheelchair.  The space has several chairs and a low coffee table.

Course registration – The course registration space is behind reception, and is where you will sign in for the training you are taking.  To get there, go through the door marked ‘Thames Suite’ on the right hand side of the reception desk.  This door is very heavy, and has small vision panels.  However, it is usually held open when a course or event is taking place.  Turn right through the next set of double doors to reach the course registration area, and the registration desk is on the right-hand side.  A hearing support system can be provided here if requested. 

 

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Accessible toilets

There are two accessible toilets available on the ground floor.  The first is almost directly opposite the accessible entrance, and the other is by the training rooms.  To get there, come through the accessible entrance and follow the corridor around to your left.  Reception will be on your left hand side.  Go through the door marked ‘Thames Suite’ on the right hand side of the reception desk.  Go through the next set of double doors on your right, and down the ramp.  Head through one last set of double doors straight ahead of you to reach the teaching rooms, and the accessible toilet is on the right hand side.  As there are so many heavy doors on this route, I would suggest that you use the toilet by the accessible entrance unless you are in a teaching room or the registration area.

There is also a standard size cubicle with grab-rails in the Men’s and Women’s toilet near the teaching rooms. 

Standard toilets

On the ground floor, there are separate blocks of Men’s and Women’s toilets near to the teaching rooms, and along the corridor leading from the level entrance.

 

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There are multiple staircases in the building, but all follow the same pattern, with a bannister on the side furthest from the wall, and contrasting tactile nosings.

 

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While the level entrance door is powered, many internal doors are very heavy.  The doors leading from the reception and the helpdesk area both have vision panels, although the ones in the reception doors are too high to see through when using a wheelchair.  One side of the double doors leading to the teaching area is propped open.  Doors to the teaching rooms themselves are very heavy and close quickly, but these are usually held open at the start and end of classes.

 

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There are five computer teaching rooms available, each with a very similar setup.  Banks of computers are arranged on desks which are a suitable height for everyone, and there is a mix of standard and office chairs available (as well as some chairs with arms).  IT Services have access to a couple of height adjustable desks – please mention on your booking form if you would like to use one.  The teaching rooms have computers arranged in ‘pods’ rather than rows around the edges of the room.  The Cherwell room is used for the teaching of Mac courses.  All rooms have dimmable lighting, but there is quite a lot of background noise from the air-conditioning systems. 

 

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The Help Desk area is no longer a drop-in service, but this is where you will bring your equipment if you are asked to bring it down to Banbury Road.  To get there, go through the door from reception marked ‘Thames Suite’.  The help desk is straight ahead of you as you enter.  The counter is a suitable height for everyone, and there is a height adjustable desk and hearing support system available.  There is a waiting area on the left side of the door with a low coffee table and armchairs.  Unfortunately, the ‘kiosk’ PCs in the helpdesk area are too high for wheelchair users to reach.  There are bar stool height chairs available to use at these computers.

 

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In the course registration area there are some armchairs and a coffee table immediately on the left hand side as you enter.  There is plenty of space to park a wheelchair, and most of the refreshment options are fully accessible, although some buttons on the vending machines might be high for some.  If there are refreshments provided as part of your course, these will usually be set out on the table at the right hand side of the registration area, which is at a convenient height for everybody.

There is a small waiting area opposite and to one side of the main reception.  Please take care, as this is at the top of some steps, and there is not much room to park a wheelchair.  The space has several chairs and a low coffee table.

 

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There are hearing support systems available on reception, at the helpdesk, and in all of the teaching rooms.  There is a portable loop available which could be used on the registration desk.  Please mention any access needs you have when booing your course. 

Accessible Furniture

There are at least two height adjustable desks in the building, which can be moved as needed.  Please mention on your booking form if you would like to use one.

 

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Contact details


IT Services
University of Oxford
13 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6NN

https://www.it.ox.ac.uk/

 

Access enquiries


Bruce Shakespeare 
bruce.shakespeare@it.ox.ac.uk
01865 273 200

 

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