Keble College

Keble - Main Entrance - (1 of 1)

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

Keble College is based around six Quads. Five are on the main site on Parks Road and the sixth is the HB Allen Centre on Banbury Road which opened in 2019. There are a mix of buildings on the main site which are of a variety of ages and styles. Some of these buildings are more accessible than others. There are a small number of accessible bedrooms on the main site. The majority of the accessible bedrooms are on the HB Allen site. 

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders No 
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes 
Other nearby parking Yes 
Main entrance

 

Level Intercom. or 

automatic doors

Alternative entrance

Yes 

Wheelchair accessible toilets

9

Lift

6

Hearing support systems

Yes

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Keble College 

There is a small amount of parking on site but no designated blue badge parking. Parking is accessed from Museum Road. Visitors are advised to contact the porters lodge in advance of their visit to see if a parking space is available. This will be reserved with suitable signage. Parking can also be arranged for students and staff who are blue badge holders. 

H B Allen Centre 

There are two identified parking spaces on the service road which runs from Woodstock Road to Banbury road on the north side of the site. Spaces need to be reserved and visitors should contact the centre in advance of their visit. 

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Keble College

The main entrance is on Parks road. There are large heavy double wooden doors. One leaf is held open during the day and is easily wide enough to fit a wheelchair. 

At 11.00pm the doors are locked and entry is by using fob access or a bell. The fob contact is accessible for most wheelchair users. There is an entry phone to the left side of the gate with two cameras at different heights. The bell may be too high for some wheelchair users.  Access at night is through a cut-out door which has a high lintel to step over. The porters lodge is staffed 24 hours a day and the very helpful staff will open the gate for people who are unable to negotiate the cut-out door. 

Once into the entrance lobby the Porters Lodge is on your left and up two steps. There is an inner metalwork gate with fob access and an assistance button which rings in the Porters Lodge. This is set at an accessible height for wheelchair users. Through the entrance gates Liddon Quad is straight ahead and Pusey Quad to your left. The accessible entrance to the Porters Lodge is in Pusey Quad.

Vehicle access is through large wooden gates in Museum road which are opened either by fob access or an intercom to the Porters Lodge. In order to use the intercom or fob access it is necessary to get out of your car. The parking opens on to Pusey Quad which links to all the quads on this site with either level or ramped access.  

H B Allen Centre 

The main entrance is on Banbury Road. There is level access from the pavement onto the site. Once on the site the Porters Lodge is slightly to your right next to some access controlled manual metal gates. Staff and students can access the centre via these gates if they have a fob. Alternatively there is level entry through the Porters Lodge which has automatic doors.  

Vehicular access is via the service road to the north of the site which is accessed from Woodstock Road. From the parking spaces here there is a sloped path to a set of access controlled metal gates which lead to the back of the Quad. Once on site there are a series of gentle slopes and ramps around the Quad. 

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Keble College 

The Porters lodge is on the left-hand side of the lobby up two steps. There is an accessible route to the Lodge via an entrance in Pusey Quad. Turn left once through the main entrance lobby and take the first entrance on the left which has a gentle slope into the building. Once through the entrance turn left and follow the corridor to the Porters Lodge. This route is through two sets of doors which are usually held open. If closed the Porters will arrange to open them for anyone needing assistance to use this route. There is a lowered section of the counter with a knee recess. The pigeonholes are here and some of these are wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the Porters Lodge. 

H B Allen Centre 

The Porters Lodge is set back from the Banbury Road entrance to the site and there is level access from the road to the Porters Lodge. The doors to the Lodge are automatic and wide enough to admit most wheelchairs. Next to the Lodge is a metal access control gate which opens wide enough to admit wheelchairs. This gate is not powered but the porters are happy to assist if required. 

The pigeonholes are in Sarah Acland House which is in the middle of the Quad on the North side. There are two sets of double doors to go through to get to the pigeonholes. Both sets of doors are access controlled and quite heavy. Neither set of doors are powered and some people may need help to open them. Both sets of doors open widely enough to admit wheelchairs. 

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Keble College 

There are accessible toilets in several locations throughout the College. Please note that many of the toilets were not built to current accessibility standards and as such do not have features such as high contrast between rails and walls, easy to use door handles, and easy reach sinks. 

There are locations with no accessible toilets including the Library Dining Hall and JCR and MCR. The nearest accessible toilets for these locations is in the Bar which is in Hayward Quad. There are accessible bedrooms in the Sloane Robinson building with accessible bathrooms. There is also an accessible bedroom and bathroom in Liddon quad. 

There are accessible toilets in:  

The Bar 

Sloane Robinson Building 

Arco Building 

H B Allen Centre  

There are six accessible toilets in the HB Allen Centre located throughout the building. There are four in the basement and two on the ground floor. One of the accessible toilets in the basement near the gym is also a wet room. There are thirteen accessible bedrooms in the HB Allen Centre all of which have a wet room with an accessible toilet.

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Keble College 

There is one platform and two passenger lifts on the Keble site. The platform lift runs between the dining hall and the ground floor. The lift has fob access and the door is manually operated. It has a rail inside. The fob access and lift buttons are all at an accessible height for wheelchair users. 

The Arco building has a passenger lift with backlit buttons,an automatic door and allows wheelchair access. There is no audio information. It serves all floors. 

The Sloane Robinson building also has a standard passenger lift serving all floors with backlit buttons and audio information. It is accessible for wheelchair users. 

H B Allen Centre 

There are three standard passenger lifts in the Centre. All the lifts have audio information backlit buttons with braille and a rail. The lifts run between the basement and the third floor. The lift near the gym has two doors allowing entry and exit from opposite sides. 

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Keble College
The College has expanded many times since it was first built in 1870 and therefore has a range of building styles and staircases some more accessible than others. 

Some staircases have contrasting edges and handrails but this is not consistent across the site. Some of the stone stairs in the older buildings are uneven in places. 

It is possible to access the dining room seminar rooms in the Arco building the theatre and accessible bedrooms in the Sloane Robinson building without needing to use stairs. 

H B Allen Centre 

Most of the staircases in the HB Allen Centre have handrails on both sides with contrasting edges and automatic lighting over the stairs and underneath the handrails. Sarah Acland house which is an older building has a wooden staircase with a wooden bannister on one side.  

Below are some photos to give an idea of the different types of stairs around the college. 

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Keble College 

As you would expect in a College with buildings built at different times there are a large variety of doors and some are more accessible than others! 

There is one powered door on the Keble site, at the top of the ramp into the MCR. The fob for this door is held in the Porters Lodge.  

Some of the doors are large and heavy meaning that some people may need assistance.  

H B Allen Centre 

There are a variety of doors in the Centre some of which are powered. Many of the doors are heavy and some people may find them hard to open. Some of the doors have holdbacks. Any of the doors in the Centre can be powered as required. 

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Liddon Quad is on the Keble College site. There is level access through this quad to the Newman Quad. For people arriving by car access to this quad is through Pusey Quad. Liddon Quad has accommodation (one accessible bedroom and bathroom) the Chapel Library Kitchen and Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is accessible via steps or a platform lift which has an entrance in Hayward Quad.  

The Quad has ramped access to the main chapel but not the Lady chapel. The Library is accessible on the ground floor but the first floor can only be reached by steps.

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Pusey Quad is on the Keble College site. There is level access around Pusey Quad and entry into the Porters Lodge is from here via a gentle slope. Access to the Warden’s Lodge is up two stone steps for which a portable ramp is available. Both the seminar rooms and accommodation on Pusey Quad are only accessible by stairs. 

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Hayward Quad is on the Keble College site. Access to the quad is through Pusey or Liddon quads. There is level access around one side of the quad. The Bar JCR MCR and Gym are on this quad.

There is ramped access to the Bar and MCR. The JCR is only accessible by going through the MCR.

Some wheelchairs may not be able to access parts of the JCR as there are sets of doors in the middle which are slightly below the recommended width. There are no accessible toilets in the JCR or MCR. There is an accessible toilet in the Bar which is opposite the JCR and MCR.

The accommodation and the gym in Hayward Quad are only accessible via stairs.

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The De Breyne Quad is on the Keble College site. The quad is reached through Hayward Quad or Pusey Quad. There is no level access and the accommodation is accessible only via stairs.

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Newman Quad is on the Keble College site. There is ramped access around this quad which is quite steep in a couple of places. Newman Quad can be accessed from Liddon Quad or if arriving by car through Pusey and Liddon Quads. 

Newman Quad has the Sloane Robinson building (accessible accommodation and seminar rooms and the O’Reilly Theatre) and the Arco building (accommodation and accessible seminar rooms).  

There are accessible toilets in both the Sloane Robinson and Arco buildings.  

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There is level access from the Porters Lodge to the quad. This Quad contains a café and quiet and noisy MCRs. There is ramped access to the accommodation (thirteen accessible bedrooms with wet rooms and eight accessible shared kitchens). There is lift access to the lecture theatre and seminar rooms and the gym. 

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Keble College

There is an accessible entrance to the ground floor of the library up a gentle slope. Both the ground floor rooms are accessible for wheelchair users and there is room to manoeuvre in both rooms. The shelving for books runs from floor to ceiling on both floors of the library. 

The main entrance to the library is on the first floor and is reached via the same flight of stairs as the dining hall. The library entrance is up three stone steps from the lobby. The first floor of the library has a raised platform on each side of the central walkway with large alcoves with desks and book shelves. Access to the ground floor from the first floor is via a very steep spiral staircase which some people may find difficult to use. 

The library staff are very happy to retrieve books and assist library users to access resources. 

H B Allen Centre 

The staff and students at the H B Allen Centre have access to the library on the Keble College site. 

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Keble College 

There are six accessible seminar rooms in the Sloane Robinson building and three in the Arco building which are all reached by using a lift. The Pusey and Gibbs seminar rooms are only accessible via stairs. 

H B Allen Centre 

There are five accessible seminar rooms in the HB Allen Centre at basement level accessed via a lift. 

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Keble College

O'Reilly Theatre

The O'Reilly Theatre is used for performances and other events. There is level access to it through Liddon and Newman Quads. There is a passenger lift in this building and an accessible toilet. There is a seating area in the balcony for wheelchairs. 

H B Allen Centre

The lecture theatre is in the basement and can be accessed by lift or stairs. The doors between the lecture theatre and the lift are wide enough to allow wheelchair access. The doors are heavy and may be difficult to manage for some people.

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The dining hall is on the first floor in Liddon Quad. Access is up a flight of stone stairs with handrails on one side only. There is also a platform lift which is accessed from Newman Quad and is operated with a proximity card or lift buttons. The lift door here is powered. The lift takes the user directly into the Dining Hall. The gate from the lift into the dining hall is manually operated and staff are happy to assist with this.  

Once in the hall there is plenty of room to manoeuvre a wheelchair.  

Access in and out of the servery is through doors which are wide enough to accommodate most wheelchairs. Some people may need assistance to reach some of the counters. Staff are happy to assist with accessing items.  

The nearest accessible toilet is in the Bar in Newman Quad which is to your right as you come out of the lift. 

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The Chapel is used for services and for events. There are stone steps into the chapel and there is a temporary ramp allowing wheelchair access. The double doors are heavy. One leaf opens wide enough to admit most wheelchairs. The aisle is very wide and there is space to accommodate a wheelchair.  

Once inside the chapel the floor is level until the steps to the choir. You have to go up these steps to access the lady chapel. The doorway to the lady chapel is very narrow and will not accommodate most wheelchairs.  

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The JCR is in Hayward Quad and has no level access. The main door is reached by crossing a walkway up some stone steps. There is ramped access through the MCR into the JCR. This route involves two quite heavy doors which some people may need help with. The JCR is divided in the middle with some doors which are left open. These doors are 74 cm wide which may make it difficult for some wider wheelchairs to access one side of the JCR.  

Inside the JCR there is a small kitchen area which 68 cm wide and may not be accessible for some wheelchair users.

The nearest accessible toilets are in the bar which is across the Quad.

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MCR Keble Hayward Quad 

There is ramped access to the MCR which is next door to the JCR. There is an automatic door which is operated by a proximity card which is normally held in the Porters Lodge and is available on request. 

The MCR consists of two rooms, with a heavy door between both. The kitchen area in the MCR is not accessible for wheelchairs as it is reached down two steps. The nearest accessible toilet is in the bar across the Quad. 

MCR H B Allen Centre  

There are two MCRs in the HB Allen Centre which provide a quiet MCR and a noisy MCR. Both have level access from the quad and both have an accessible toilet close by.

Both MCRs have room to manoeuvre a wheelchair although the amount of furniture in the noisy MCR may sometimes make this a little difficult. The noisy MCR has quite a large kitchen with room  for a wheelchair user to access the facilities although there are no knee recesses. There is a small kitchen area in the quiet MCR. There is plenty of room for a wheelchair but there are no knee recesses. 

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Keble College 

There are several accessible bedrooms at Keble. One is on Liddon Quad and has a wet room attached as part of a suite of rooms so a carer or assistant could be accommodated here. 

There is also an accessible bedroom with wet room in the Sloane Robinson building. 

H B Allen Centre  

There are thirteen accessible bedrooms at the HB Allen Centre all of which have a wet room. The bedrooms can have powered doors and there are reinforced beams for hoists if required. Students are encouraged to contact the college as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made before their arrival. 

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H B Allen Centre 
There are eight accessible kitchens in the HB Allen Centre with knee recesses and accessible cupboards.  Five of the accessible bedrooms have kitchenettes. 

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The Wardens Lodge is sometimes used for social events and can be accessed from Pusey Quad. The entrance is up two stone steps into a lobby. This door opens to 115 mm. Inside the lobby there is one step into the entrance hall. The door here opens to 117 mm. Once in the entrance hall there are a further four steps up to the dining room and sitting room. Portable ramps are available for all of these steps but these are quite steep. 

Both the dining room and sitting room in the Lodge have a slight lip at the door. Both rooms are have carpet with a low pile and room to manoeuvre a wheelchair. The doors open to 940 mm in each room.  

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Keble College 

The College Bar is on Hayward Quad. There is ramped access to the bar door which is heavy and may be difficult for some people to open. There is a long brick ramp down into the main bar area. There is room to manoeuvre a wheelchair although this may be more difficult at busy times. There is an accessible toilet at the back of the bar. The bar counter is high with no lower counter or knee recess. There is space at each end of the bar where wheelchair users may find it easier to be served.

 

H B Allen Centre 

There is level access to the café from the quad on the HB Allen site. The door to the café is heavy but can be held open. The servery is at an accessible height for most people. The tables can accommodate wheelchairs and there is room to manoeuvre. 

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Keble College 

The laundry room at the Keble College site are down a steep flight of stairs and not accessible for wheelchair users. Arrangements can be made for wheelchair users to access the laundry on the H B Allen Centre. 

H B Allen Centre 

The laundry room is in the basement and can be reached by using one of the lifts which is opposite the entrance to the room. The washing machines and two of the driers are at an accessible height. Some people may have difficulty reaching the payment meter which is sited quite high up on the wall.

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Keble College 

The gym at Keble is in the basement and can only be reached via a set of stairs.  

H B Allen Centre 

There is a gym in the basement of the HB Allen Centre which has level access once you are out of the lift. Some of the doors between the gym and the lift are heavy and may be difficult for some people to open. The door into the gym is also very heavy and may be difficult for some people to open. There is a wet room with an accessible toilet close to the gym.

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Keble College 
There are hearing support systems in the Porters Lodge Chapel and the O’Reilly Theatre 
HB Allen Centre 
There are hearing support systems in the Porters Lodge Lecture Theatre and the Seminar Rooms. 

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Contact details

Keble College 
Oxford 
OX1 3PG

enquiries@keble.ox.ac.uk
01865 272727
www.keble.ox.ac.uk

Access enquiries


Trish Long
Disability Coordinator

trish.long@keble.ox.ac.uk
01865 272700

 

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