8 - 11 Keble Road and Wolfson Building

Department of Computer Science - (1 of 1)

** 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 Department of Computer Science occupies 8 - 11 Keble Road and Wolfson Building, parts of 5 - 7 Keble Road and part of the E-Science Building. All of these are connected internally and can be thought of as one large building with the entrance on Parks Road. There is step-free access around the majority of the building and lift access to all floors. There is an accessible toilet on every floor.

There is stepped and ramped access to the powered entrance door. The reception desk has an induction loop. Both lecture theatres have hearing support systems. There is one designated Blue Badge parking space close to the main entrance on Parks Road - please contact the department in advance to ask if it is possible to book this space.  

 

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On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 1 space
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes - Keble Road
Other nearby parking Yes - pay and display on Keble Road
Main entrance Ramped - powered door
Alternative entrance Yes - ramped
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - all floors
Lift Yes - all floors
Hearing support systems Yes - induction loops at reception and in both lecture theatres
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There are no standard parking spaces available. There is one designated accessible parking space which is located next to the external ramped access to the entrance doors. Please contact the department in advance to ask if it is possible to use this space. 

There are two public Blue Badge spaces on Keble Road approximately 200 m from the entrance. There is also standard pay and display parking on Keble Road. 

The entrance is on Parks Road and has stepped and ramped access. 

There are eight steps up to the entrance with a handrail either side; the steps do not have any contrasting markings.

The start of the ramp is at the right hand side of the building as you are looking at it and is close to the accessible parking space. The ramp starts at the side of the building, and turns 90 degrees to run along the front of the building. There is a level landing at the point that the ramp turns 90 degrees. The ramp is 1 m wide and has a handrail to the left (ascending). The first section of the ramp has a gentle slope, the second section is moderately steep. There is a level landing at the top of the ramp which is 135 cm wide; the entrance is immediately to the right. 

The entrance door is powered and opens automatically during building opening hours. The door has a clear width of 1 m. Outside of these hours there is a swipe card reader and keypad to the left of the door set at 1.3 m from floor level. People entering the building need to use both a swipe card and an entry code. 

Inside the building, there is an entrance lobby with the reception desk straight ahead and a waiting area to the left.

 

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The entrance lobby has a waiting area with chairs, and space to accommodate a wheelchair. 

Reception is ahead of you as you come through the entrance door. The counter is just under 1 m high and does not have a knee recess. The reception has an induction loop. 

 

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There are standard toilets on every floor of the building.

There are gender neutral toilets on every floor of the building.

There are accessible toilets on every floor of the building - see below for full details:

 

Accessible toilet

  • Located near smaller passenger lift and stairs
  • The door width is at least 80 cm
  • The dimensions are 142 cm x 210 cm
  • The door is locked by a twist lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is no horizontal grab rail on the door 
  • Toilet seat is 42 cm from floor level (recommended height is 48 cm from floor level)
  • The toilet has no back rest
  • 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • There is poor 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 are no coat hooks
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink . There is also a mirror above the sink but this is not at a lower wheelchair accessible height. 

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Level 1 - accessible toilet 1

  • Located near reception
  • The dimensions are 143 cm x 193 cm
  • The door is locked by a twist lock
  • The lights switch on automatically 
  • There is no horizontal grab rail on the door 
  • Toilet seat is 42 cm from floor level (recommended height is 48 cm from floor level)
  • The toilet has no back rest
  • The flush is a spatula type lever, is set 140cm high and is on the wall 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • The sink has a vertical handrail to the left side only
  • There is poor visual 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 a coat hook on the door at standing height only
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink
  • There is no emergency alarm

 

Level 1 - accessible toilet 2

  • Located off central breakout space
  • This is also used as a baby change room
  • Dimensions not available
  • The door is locked with a lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • Toilet seat height???
  • The cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a spatula type 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • The sink has vertical handrails either side
  • There is good visual contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • The hand dryer is 140 cm from floor level
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink
  • There is an emergency alarm. The reset button is out of reach from the toilet seat

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Level 2 - accessible toilet 1

  • Located near larger passenger lift
  • The dimensions are 150cm x 220 cm
  • The door is locked with a lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • The cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a spatula type lever and is on the wall 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • The sink has vertical handrails either side
  • There is good visual contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink
  • There is an emergency alarm

 

Level 2 - accessible toilet 2

  • The door width is 80 cm
  • The dimensions are 180 cm x 173 cm
  • The door is locked by a twist lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails. 

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Level 3 - accessible toilet 1

  • Located near larger passenger lift
  • The dimensions are 150cm x 220 cm
  • The door is locked with a lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • The cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a spatula type lever and is on the wall 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • The sink has vertical handrails either side
  • There is good visual contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink
  • There is an emergency alarm

 

Level 3 - accessible toilet 2

  • Located near the Training Laboratory and Testing Room
  • The door width is 80 cm
  • The dimensions are 180 cm x 173 cm
  • The door is locked by a twist lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side. There are wall mounted grab rails. 

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Level 4 - accessible toilet 1

  • Located near larger passenger lift
  • The dimensions are 150cm x 220 cm
  • The door is locked with a lever lock
  • The lights switch on automatically
  • There is a horizontal grab rail on the door
  • The cistern can be used as a back rest
  • The flush is a spatula type lever and is on the wall 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
  • The toilet roll holder is 140 cm from floor level
  • The sink has vertical handrails either side
  • There is good visual contrast between the walls and the handrails and other fixtures
  • There is a full height mirror on the wall opposite the sink
  • There is an emergency alarm

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There are two passenger lifts in the building:

Smaller lift located close to reception (at ground floor level)

  • Call buttons set 105 cm from floor level.
  • Lift car dimensions are 160 cm x 105 cm
  • Lift doors have a clear width of 80 cm
  • Lift control buttons are in the range 94 cm to 118 cm from floor level
  • Lift control buttons are tactile but do not have Braille
  • The lift car has a handrail on one side of the control buttons on the right side as you enter
  • There is a visual indicator and a voice announcement of the floor. There is an induction loop
  • The lift is well lit
  • The floor surface is plain and non-reflective
  • The lift walls have a reflective surface
  • There is no mirror in the lift 

Larger lift located near central break-out space (at ground floor level)

  • Call buttons set 114 cm from floor level
  • Lift car dimensions are 160 cm x 140 cm
  • Lift doors have a clear width of 80 cm
  • Lift control buttons are in the range 85 cm to 100 cm from floor level
  • Lift control buttons are tactile and have Braille
  • The lift car has horizontal handrails either side of the control buttons on the right side as you enter
  • There is a visual indicator but no voice announcement of the floor. There is an induction loop (check)
  • Lighting levels are low
  • The floor surface is patterned and reflective
  • The lift walls have a reflective surface
  • There is a mirror on the wall opposite the lift doors

 

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There are several staircases in the building. Older parts of the building have stairs which have handrails to one side only, but do have contrasting edges. New parts of the building have stairs with handrails both sides and contrasting edges. There is a central staircase off the central break out space - this has open risers and small contrasting strips on the treads only. 

There are two passenger lifts in the building which go to all floors. 

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The entrance doors are powered. The door next to reception giving access into the main areas of the building is powered. All other doors are manual. Doors in corridors are held open. Vision panels are for the most part in the top half of doors. Office doors do not have vision panels. Below are some images that show examples of doors around the building. 

 

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The library is on the first floor. This was not covered during the access audit so at present no further information is available. 

There are two lecture theatres in the building. 

Lecture Theatre A
This is in the basement which can be reached by stairs or lift. There is step-free access to the lecture theatre. There is a manual door which has a clear width of 82 cm. There are two banks of seating with a large central space in-between and space either side. The floor slopes gently down to the stage. There is ramped access to the stage. The stage has an electric height adjustable lectern. There is an infra-red hearing support system in place - the department will provide headsets with either earbuds or a loop. 

Lecture Theatre B
This is on the ground floor. There is step-free access to the lecture theatre from the entrance to the building. There are doors at either end of the lecture theatre - both have a clear width of 80 cm. There is a step-free route through and around the lecture theatre. There is only a minimal amount of space to accommodate wheelchairs. There are some raised seats with stepped access - the steps have contrasting edges but do not have handrails. There is ramped access to the stage. The stage has an electric height adjustable lectern. There is an infra-red hearing support system in place - the department will provide headsets with either earbuds or a loop. 

 

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There are two common rooms:

Level 0 (basement)
The common room can be reached by stairs or lift. There is desk space as well as informal seating with low tables. Space is tight, but furniture is not fixed and can be moved as needed.  There is a small kitchen off the common room. The door into the kitchen is held open. While there are not specific accessible facilities in the kitchen, there is a good amount of manoeuvring space. 

There is also an informal break out space outside the common room with low seating and and low tables. 

Level 1 (ground floor)
There is step free access to the common room. The doorway has a clear width of 82 cm. There are freestanding chairs and tables that can be rearranged as required. Both chairs and tables are low. There is a narrow doorway (clear width of 70 cm into a kitchen. While there are not specific accessible facilities in the kitchen, there is a good amount of manoeuvring space. It is also possible to enter the kitchen directly from the corridor but this doorway is also narrow at 73 cm. 

 

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There is a large central break out space on Level 1 (ground floor). There is step-free access to this area. There are café style tables and chairs; these are not fixed. This area is spacious with plenty of manoeuvring space. There is a kitchenette in one corner of this area. This has counters at 92 cm from floor level. There are hot water dispensers with the tap at 140 cm from floor level. 

There is one gender neutral toilet and one accessible toilet located off this area. 

 

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The Training Laboratory and Testing Room are on the Level 4 (third floor). There is step-free access to these rooms, although please note that this is from one direction only. The other route to these rooms is stepped. 

 

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There is a fixed induction loop at the reception desk. 

There are infra-red hearing support systems in both lecture theatres. The department will provide headsets with either earbuds or a loop. 

There is an infra-red hearing support system in the Seminar Room on Level 0 (basement). The department will provide headsets with either earbuds or a loop.

There is an infra-red hearing support system in the Training Laboratory on Level 4 (third floor). The department will provide headsets with either earbuds or a neckloop. 

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Contact details


Department of Computer Science
Wolfson Building
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3QD

enquiries@cs.ox.ac.uk
01865 273 838

 

Access enquiries


Joe Atherton
joe.atherton@cs.ox.ac.uk
01865 273 888

 

Contact the Access Guide


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