The Blavatnik School of Government

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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 entrance doors are powered. There is level access into the building. There is step-free access around all floors. There is lift access to all floors. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on all floors. There are fixed induction loops on the reception desk, in both lecture theatres and in the seminar rooms. There is a portable loop for small meeting rooms available at reception. 

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
Other nearby parking Yes
Main entrance Level. Powered door. Intercom
Alternative entrance Yes. Level access
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - all floors
Lift Yes - all floors
Hearing support systems Yes - loop at reception, lecture theatres, seminar rooms
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Floor plans

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There are two disabled parking spaces located adjacent to the back of the Blavatnik School of Government. These spaces can be accessed from Woodstock Road. On Woodstock Road head past Somerville College and the Humanities Building and there will be a gate to your left just after the Mathematical Institute. This is gate 7. Once through this gate, keep going straight until you have passed the Radcliffe Observatory (the big tower).  Having passed the tower, the first street to your left will bring you to the back of the Blavatnik building and its disabled parking spaces.

 

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The Blavatnik School of Government has level access through two pairs of large wooden doors.

The left pair of doors are powered and can be opened during the day by pressing the button on the pillar just in front of the doors.

Regular users will be issued with access on their cards and there is also a door bell for visitors out of normal working hours.

Once inside you will find another set of low, glass gates which can only be accessed with a card or by talking to the receptionist on your right. The card when placed on the reader will unlock and cause the gate to open (powered).

At the back entrance (where the parking spaces are) there are revolving doors with, to their left, a set of glass, automated doors. These doors can be opened either by card or by calling reception by pressing the doorbell. During normal working hours they can also simply be opened by pressing the push-button on the pillar. Go through these doors to find more lowered, glass gates which can only be opened with an access card as above.

 

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Accessible toilets

Every floor of the Blavatnik School of Government has accessible toilets. On the ground floor they are situated on the far end of the lobby, through a door just after the café space.

On the first floor they are situated to the left of the lifts (when facing them).

On the second and third floor they are situated at the end of a corridor on the right hand side of the lifts (when facing them).

On the fourth and fifth floor they are situated to the right of the lifts(when facing them), behind the common areas.

In the basement the accessible toilets are situated on the other side from the lifts. Enter the middle door between the two doors leading to the different lecture theatres. This door is automated and push-button activated. You will find the accessible toilets on your right hand side of the corridor. A second accessible toilet can be found in the right-hand corner of the lobby of the seminar rooms. 

Regular users of the building will also have access to an accessible washroom and more accessible bathrooms in the basement. These facilities can be accessed through a slightly hidden door under the grand staircase. This door is automated and can be opened with a push-button in the wooden wall. Go through the doors, turn left through an automatic door at the end, and at the end go through the automated, card-activated doors on your right-hand side to enter a new corridor. The first door on your right will give you access to the accessible washroom and toilet.

Standard toilets

On the ground floor they are situated opposite of the entrance on the left just before the elevators.

On level two and three they are behind the lifts. When facing the lifts, access is through the corridor on the right side; once on this corridor the first corridor on the left accesses male toilets as well as non-gendered toilets, the second corridor on the left accesses female toilets.

On level four and five the male and female toilets are situated behind the lifts. When you face the lifts the access is to the right, at the rear of the common areas.

In the basement the standard male and female toilets are situated behind the middle door (between two doors leading to the different lecture theatres) at the far end of the lobby from where the lifts are situated. This door is automated and push-button activated.

 

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There are three lifts located throughout the building.

The two main lifts are situated on the other side of the big staircase lobby from the main entrance. Head through the doors and the gates, left around the staircase lobby (follow the curved wall) and you find the elevators at the far end. You will need to present an access card on the pad within the lift to move between floors.The lifts are speaking lifts announcing all floors and the closing of doors.

 

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Due to the size of the school there are loads of doors of different types. The school has automated, card-activated doors to all of the main areas.

Not all doors have vision panels or a full pane of glass.

 

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All of the basement floor seminar rooms are located on a single corridor behind a manual (but usually open) door on the left side of the lifts (when facing them). Head through this door to find different push-button operated, automatic doors leading to the different seminar rooms.

There are additional teaching spaces throughout the building.

All these spaces are fully accessible from wide corridors and contain freestanding furniture to accommodate specific needs.

 

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Accessible coffee stations can be found throughout the building, on the following locations: 

On the second floor, turn left out of the lift and follow the broad corridor (turn right twice) until you reach a coffee station. This station is surrounded by both casual seating with coffee tables as well as tables with chairs that easily removable.

On the third floor, you will find a corridor when you exit the lift in front to the right. In this corridor you will find the coffee station with a table and chairs first door on your left.

On the fourth and fifth floors the coffee station is situated just left around the corner of the lifts, surrounded by casual seating areas with coffee tables.

Additional casual seating areas can be found in the main lobby of the basement, on the ground floor adjacent to the reception and on the first floor on the opposite end from the elevators.

 

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Computer rooms can be found on both the third and fourth floors.

On either floor turn right out and around the lifts and find automatic, card-activated doors leading to large computer rooms. These rooms have plenty of accessible desk space and a few desktop computers. These rooms have push-button exits. Unfortunately, no height-adjustable desks are available.

 

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There are fixed hearing support systems in the basement teaching areas (both lecture theatres and the seminar rooms) and at reception. A mobile loop device for other rooms in the building is available from reception.

Accessibe computers

Computer rooms can be found on both the third and fourth floors.

On either floor turn right out and around the lifts and find automatic, card-activated doors leading to large computer rooms. These rooms have plenty of accessible desk space and a few desktop computers. These rooms have push-button exits. Unfortunately, no height-adjustable desks are available.

 

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Contact details


The Blavatnik School of Government
10 Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JJ

01865 614 343
enquiries@bsg.ox.ac.uk

 

Access enquiries


Joanne Stoneham
+44 (0)1865 614343
joanna.stoneham@bsg.ox.ac.uk

 

Contact the Access Guide


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