Space between lab benches is generally good, and the rear bench in every lab has a height adjustable section. Not all equipment will be at a suitable height for wheelchair users, but the department in question would be more than happy to discuss individual requirements if needed. Hand and eye wash stations in primary labs are at an easily reachable level, and the taps have long paddle handles.
There are glass wash rooms on each floor. The door to the glass wash room on the lower ground floor has no visual panel. The benches might be high for some wheelchair users, but the glass wash machines themselves are reachable.
The autoclave suite on the lower ground floor is managed by staff, so lab users just need to drop off and pick up their equipment. There is plenty of space to move around, and the lower equipment shelves are fully accessible.
There is also a workshop for the building on the lower ground floor. This is open from 8am to 3pm during building opening hours, and is always staffed. There is plenty of space to move around in the room, but none of the equipment is accessible for wheelchair users, and it is only used by workshop-trained staff and researchers.
The ‘Goods In’ area is also in the basement. This is accessed through a barn style door with visual panels. Supplies are then stored in rolling stacks. These are very narrow, so while they are accessible for manual wheelchair users, there is no room to turn around once inside them. The small ramp at the entrance to the stacks should be negotiated carefully – especially when coming out backwards! This area is staffed between 8am and 4pm, and the staff are very friendly and happy to help when required.
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