Richard Doll Building

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There is step free access around most of this building. The entrance doors are powered. There is a lift that connects all floors. There are accessible toilets on all floors of the building. Not all areas of the building are covered by this guide e.g. laboratory and office space. If you have a specific access question please contact the building directly. 

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 4 spaces
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m No
Other nearby parking Yes - Pay and display
Main entrance Level. Intercom. Powered door
Alternative entrance Yes - Level
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - on all floors
Lift Yes
Hearing support systems Yes - loop at reception and lecture theatre
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There are four accessible parking spaces very close to the main entrance. To get to these spaces, you’ll need to turn into the Old Road Campus off Roosevelt Drive, turn left just before the Kennedy Institute and follow the link road alongside the Richard Doll Building.

There are two further accessible spaces near the Big Data Institute as well as others spread across the Old Road Campus site. You will need a permit to use these any of these spaces - please contact the building directly to arrange this.

Please click on the link below to view the Old Road Campus parking map.

 

 

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The main entrance is very close to the four accessible parking spaces – you’ll need to come up a slope to reach the doors, although this is not too steep and should not be a problem for most wheelchair users. There are two sets of large glass double doors leading into the entrance lobby - these are both powered and wide enough for wheelchair users.

The building has a secure entrance. There is a swipe card reader and intercom to the left as you are looking at the main entrance. The card reader is at an accessible height for wheelchair users, as is the button to connect to reception. As well as a speaker, the intercom also has a video camera which is unfortunately too high for wheelchair users. However, visitors should be in clear view from the reception desk so staff can come out to assist if needed.

 

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As you enter the building the reception desk is ahead of you. This is staffed between 8 am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. The desk is curved and has two wheelchair accessible sections, both with a knee recess. 

There is a fixed induction loop in place at the reception desk. 

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Accessible toilets

The building has at least one accessible toilet on every floor. These are all virtually identical. The toilets are slightly small by current accessibility standards, but should still be large enough for most wheelchair users.

Standard toilets

There are standard male and female toilets located on all floors of the building. In addition there is a gender neutral toilet on all floors of the building located behind the lifts.

 

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There are two passenger lifts connecting all floors of the building. These are located in the entrance lobby opposite the reception desk. On the first, second and third floors you’ll come out of the lift into a small secure lobby area and will need a swipe card to gain access to the rest of the floor. The swipe card reader is at an accessible height for wheelchair users. There is also an intercom connecting to the reception desk downstairs – this may be too high for some wheelchair users to reach.

The lifts have audio and visual information, the buttons are tactile and at an accessible height for wheelchair users. There are hand rails on two sides of the lift. The lifts are fairly spacious although there may not be enough space for some wheelchairs to turn around – there is a mirror to help with exiting the lift.

 

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There are stairs at either end of the building, as well as a central staircase. All have contrasting nosings and continuous hand rails on both sides.

 

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Aside from the main entrance and lifts, all doors in the building are manually operated. Most doors have vision panels and well placed contrasting handles. Some doors are access controlled - swipe card readers are at an accessible height for wheelchair users. 

 

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The Joan Doll Reading Room is on the ground floor opposite the reception desk. This is a large room with plenty of space for manoeuvring. The tables and chairs can be rearranged as needed. Wheelchair users may find that the bar under the desks gets in the way.

There are computers available for use in this room. 

There is no hearing support equipment in this room. If you think you may need to use hearing support equipment please contact the building directly to discuss this.

 

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The lecture theatre is on the ground floor. There are doors at either side of the lecture theatre – both take you into the back row. There is tiered seating reached by steps either side. There are two spaces available for wheelchair users – both have slightly restricted viewing due to two large central pillars.

The stairs are wide and deep with no handrails – people with mobility and visual impairments may need to take extra care here. The stairs have contrasting edgings.

When exiting the lecture theatre, people with a visual impairment may struggle to locate the door as there is limited contrast with the surrounding wall.

There is a fixed induction loop in place for hearing aid users.

The stage has stepped access only.

 

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The café is on the ground floor. There is an entrance from the corridor near reception - these doors are usually held open to enable good access. There is also an entrance from the large atrium, this is through a large heavy glass door which some people may struggle to open independently.

The counter is at a good height for wheelchair users with kneehole space underneath. Some food is self service, some is served by café staff. Some wheelchair users may find it hard to reach the self-service items although staff will be happy to help if needed. 

There is a large eating area with tables and chairs that can be rearranged if needed. There is also an outdoor terrace area used in good weather. The door is held open when the weather is warm; it may be too heavy for some people to open independently. There is also a rather high threshold which could cause problems for people with mobility or visual impairments - please take care.

 

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There is a fixed induction loop in the lecture theatre on the ground floor. At present there is not a loop in place at the reception desk. However, the reception area is being refurbished in the near future and will include a fixed induction loop. The Access Guide will be updated to show this once the work has been carried out.

 

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Contact details


Richard Doll Building
Old Road Campus
Oxford
OX3 7LF

reception.rdb@ndph.ox.ac.uk
01865 743 660
https://www.ndph.ox.ac.uk/

 

Access enquiries


Reception
reception.rdb@ndph.ox.ac.uk
01865 743 660

 

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