Beecroft Building

Beecroft Building (1 of 1)

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** 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. **

The main entrance is also the entrance for the Clarendon Laboratory.  There is level access into and around the building, a powered entrance door and lift access to all floors. There is a fixed induction loop at the reception desk. There are two designated blue badge parking spaces which must be booked in advance by contacting reception on 01865 272 200 or reception@physics.ox.ac.uk

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 2 spaces
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes - Keble Road
Other nearby parking Pay and display
Main entrance Level. Powered door and revolving door
Alternative entrance Level. Powered door and revolving door
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - throughout building
Lift Yes - all floors
Hearing support systems Yes - reception desk
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There are two Blue Badge parking bays directly in front of the building. These have a small wheelchair symbol to indicate where they are, but the spaces have no other marking in place. Please contact the department in advance to book one of these spaces. 

There are additional public Blue Badge parking bays on Keble Road approximately 200 m away from the entrance. 

Please click on the link below to view a map of Blue Badge parking in central Oxford.

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There is level access from Parks Road to the main entrance. There is level access from the Blue Badge parking bays to the main entrance . 

The main entrance has two revolving doors. There is also a powered standard door which has a clear width of 1 m. There is a push button to open this door which is 1 m high. Outside of opening hours, there is secure access to the building with a card reader just above the push button at 1.2 m high. Once inside, there is a spacious entrance lobby with a reception desk. 

There is an alternative entrance the opposite side of the entrance lobby. There is a revolving door. There is also a powered standard door with a clear width of 960 cm. While the revolving door has free access during opening hours, the powered door is secure with a card reader at 1.2 m high. 

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The main entrance takes you into a large reception area, with the reception desk ahead and to the right. (If coming in through the alternative entrance the reception desk is on the left). The reception desk is staffed during building opening hours. 

The reception desk has a section at 1.1 m high, and a lower section at 75 cm high. There is a hearing loop at the reception desk which is located at the higher section. 

There is a seating area opposite the reception desk. This has a bench, two chairs without armrests, and a low table. There is plenty of space to accommodate wheelchairs in this area. 

There are security gates giving access into the rest of the building. These glass gates have no contrasting marking on them. There are card readers for the security gates at 90 cm high - note that these are located horizontally on top of the pillars between the gates. Reception staff will let authorised visitors through the gates.

This is also the reception area for the Clarendon Laboratory - there is both step free, and stepped, access.

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There are standard toilets on every floor. These are all gender neutral. There are also showers on the ground floor. 

There are accessible toilets at Basement Level 2, Basement Level 1, Ground Floor, Level 1 and Level 3. The Ground Floor accessible toilet also contains an accessible shower. 

Click on the tabs below for detailed information. 

Accessible toilet

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the standard toilet
  • The door has a clear width of 88 cm
  • The dimensions are 150 cm x 240 cm
  • The door is locked by a small lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • The toilet seat height is 48 cm
  • The toilet cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a lever and is on the transfer side of the toilet
  • As you face the toilet the transfer space is to the right - there is a radiator which slightly reduces the available transfer space 
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails
  • There are vertical grab rails either side of the sink
  • There is good contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • There 2  coat hooks at 105 cm and 140 cm high
  • There is a mirror above the sink, as well as a full height mirror on the wall opposite
  • There is a pull cord alarm and reset button - both are within reach from the toilet
  • There is a foot operated sanitary bin. There is also a large standard bin which is wheelchair accessible but may obstruct manoeuvring space

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Accessible toilet

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the standard toilet
  • The door has a clear width of 88 cm
  • The dimensions are 150 cm x 240 cm
  • The door is locked by a small lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • The toilet seat height is 48 cm
  • The toilet cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a lever and is on the transfer side of the toilet
  • As you face the toilet the transfer space is to the left - there is a radiator which slightly reduces the available transfer space 
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails
  • There are vertical grab rails either side of the sink
  • There is good contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • There 2  coat hooks at 105 cm and 140 cm high
  • There is a mirror above the sink, as well as a full height mirror on the wall opposite
  • There is a pull cord alarm and reset button - both are within reach from the toilet
  • There is a foot operated sanitary bin. There is also a large standard bin which is wheelchair accessible but may obstruct manoeuvring space

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Accessible toilet and shower room

  • Located by the standard toilets and showers
  • The door has a clear width of 87 cm
  • The dimensions are not available - however this is a very large room with plenty of manoeuvring space
  • The door is locked by a small lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door - although at 67 cm high this is rather low
  • The toilet seat height is 48 cm
  • The toilet cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a lever and is on the transfer side of the toilet
  • As you face the toilet the transfer space is to the left
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails
  • There are vertical grab rails either side of the sink
  • There is good contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • The hand dryer requires users to insert their hands in the top of the dryer - there is also a bench next to this which may hamper access
  • There 2  coat hooks at 100 cm and 136 cm high
  • There is a mirror above the sink, as well as a full height mirror on the wall opposite
  • There is a pull cord alarm and reset button - both are within reach from the toilet
  • There is a foot operated sanitary bin. 
  • There is a drop down shower seat with
  • The shower seat has a drop down rail on the transfer side and a wall mounted grab rail on the other side
  • The shower head is in the range 130 cm to 180 cm high
  • There is a pull cord alarm within reach from the shower seat

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Accessible toilet

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the standard toilet
  • The door has a clear width of 88 cm
  • The dimensions are 174 cm x 214 cm
  • The door is locked by a small lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door - although at 67 cm high this is rather low
  • The toilet seat height is 48 cm
  • The toilet cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a lever and is on the transfer side of the toilet
  • As you face the toilet the transfer space is to the right
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails
  • There are vertical grab rails either side of the sink
  • There is good contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • The hand dryer requires users to insert their hands in the top of the dryer - it is also placed in the corner which may hamper access
  • There 2  coat hooks at 105 cm and 140 cm high
  • There is a mirror above the sink, as well as a full height mirror 
  • There is a pull cord alarm and reset button - both are within reach from the toilet
  • There is a foot operated sanitary bin

Please click on the thumbnails below to enlarge

Accessible toilet

  • The accessible toilet is located next to the standard toilet
  • The door has a clear width of 88 cm
  • The dimensions are 174 cm x 214 cm
  • The door is locked by a small lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door - although at 67 cm high this is rather low
  • The toilet seat height is 48 cm
  • The toilet cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a lever and is on the transfer side of the toilet
  • As you face the toilet the transfer space is to the right
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails
  • There are vertical grab rails either side of the sink
  • There is good contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • The hand dryer requires users to insert their hands in the top of the dryer - it is also placed in the corner which may hamper access
  • There are two coat hooks at 105 cm and 140 cm high
  • There is a mirror above the sink, as well as a full height mirror 
  • There is a pull cord alarm and reset button - both are within reach from the toilet
  • There is a foot operated sanitary bin

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  • The lift call buttons are set at 94 cm to 100 cm high
  • The lift car dimensions are 160 cm x 140 cm
  • Lift doors have a clear width of 90 cm
  • Lift control buttons are in the range 80 cm to 110 cm high
  • Lift control buttons are tactile but do not have Braille
  • The lift car has a handrail on the opposite wall to the doors
  • There is a visual indicator and a voice announcement of the floor
  • The lift is well lit
  • The floor surface is plain and non-reflective
  • The lift walls have a reflective surface
  • There is a mirror on the opposite wall to the doors

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  • The lift call buttons are set at 104 cm to 110 cm high
  • The lift car dimensions are190 cm x 300 cm
  • The lift doors have a clear width of 150 cm
  • The lift control buttons are in the range 85 cm to 116 cm high
  • The lift control buttons are tactile but do not have Braille
  • The lift car has no handrail
  • There is a visual indicator and a voice announcement of the floor. 
  • The lift is well lit
  • The floor surface is plain and non-reflective
  • The lift walls are non-reflective surface
  • There is no mirror in the lift 

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There are several staircases throughout the building. 

The stairs from ground to first floor run alongside rows of seating and have contrasting step edges and a handrail one side. 

The stairs from ground floor to basement level have contrasting step edges and handrails both sides (including around landings). 

The "back of house" stairs from first floor to the upper floors have contrasting step edges and handrails both sides (although only on one side around landings). 

The upper floors have a central mezzanine level between floors with connecting stairs. These stairs have contrasting step edges and handrails both sides. 

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See Entrance section for information on entrance doors. 

All internal doors are manually operated. 

In general there are no doors in the main corridors and circulation areas. There are some doors in corridors in the lower basement levels, as well as doors into the stair lobbies. 

Most doors have full height vision panels. Doors into laboratories and offices do not have vision panels.

Most doors require a low to medium force to open. The exception to this are the large glass doors into the reading rooms on the upper floors - these require a medium to high force to open.

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There is a seminar room on the ground floor. This has a manual door with a clear width of 85 cm. 

The room is spacious with furniture that is arranged according to the session taking place. 

There is no hearing support system in the seminar room. 

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The main breakout space is on the first floor and can be reached by stairs or lift. This is a spacious area with small tables and chairs that are not fixed and can be moved as needed. There is a deep pile carpet across this area which may make it inaccessible for some wheelchair users. 

There is a small kitchen next to the main breakout space on the first floor. This has a manual door with a clear width of 93 cm. The worktop is 86 cm high and has a section with a knee recess by the sink. 

There are small break out spaces on the mezzanine levels in between each of the upper floors. These can be reached by stairs or lift. These also function as informal working spaces and have large blackboards available. There are small tables and chairs which can be moved as needed. There is deep pile carpet across these areas which may make them inaccessible for some wheelchair users.

There are small tea points on Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. These are all off the main circulation space and do not have doors. The worktop is 90 cm high and there is no recessed knee space. 

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There is an induction loop at the reception desk. This is located at the standing height section of the desk. There are no other hearing support systems in the building. 

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Contact details


Beecroft Building

Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PU

reception@physics.ox.ac.uk
01865 272 200
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Please contact the Department of Physics main reception:

reception@physics.ox.ac.uk
01865 272 200

 

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