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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Madingley Rise,
Madingley Road,
Cambridge, CB3 0EZ
01223 337 191 (Bullard Labs)
01223 765 700 (BPI)
01223 360 779 (Bullard Labs)
01223 765 701 (BPI)
Email (Bullard Labs) (Bullard Labs) (BPI)
Website (Bullard Labs) (BPI)

Access Issues

Mr Bob Cordiner
01223 337 198
01223 360 779

Location, Services and Transport

Madingley Rise Site, a quiet, open area opposite the West Cambridge Site on Madingley Road. About two miles west of the city centre.


Madingley Road is very busy with traffic at peak times. Madingley Rise itself is quiet, and speed is restricted.

Services and shops

Very little in the way of nearby services and shops. There are two cafeterias across Madingley Road along JJ Thompson Avenue: one in the Bill Gates Building on the left, the other at the end in the Hauser Forum, both level and easily accessible. Drinks and snacks are available in Madingley Rise House.


Car park on site, next to the BPI building, with two designated disabled bays.

Other transport options

Uni 4 and Citi 4 buses stop on the West Cambridge Site, over the road.

General Information

Part of the Department of Earth Sciences (see also separate entry). The Wolfson building houses offices, laboratories and a workshop. The BP Institute is connected to Madingley Rise House, which contains the library, tea room and offices.


No smoking in any building.

Medical facilities

Several first aiders on site, including the Disability Liaison Officer.

Emergency procedures

No evacuation chairs currently, but they are under consideration.

Physical Access


All buildings are by proximity card, with bell for assistance. BP Institute has level access. Madingley Rise House has a small ramp. Wolfson Building has a ramp to the front entrance and a proximity card reader mounted on a post outside the building to trigger the door access system, which has been configured for wheelchair users. Both sets of double doors open automatically. There is also level access at back entrance.

Number of floors

Three floors in BP Institute Madingley Rise House, including basement. Two floors in Wolfson building.

Lifts and stairs

Modern lifts to all floors in Wolfson building and BP Institute.

Lecture theatres

Lecture room on ground floor of Wolfson building, with level access and moveable furniture. Open plan lecture area on top floor of BP Institute. Level and spacious, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All teaching rooms in both buildings accessible from lift. Laboratories in Wolfson building are ground floor, but all benches are of standard height.


Small, unstaffed library on upper floor of Madingley Rise House. Accessible via the lift from the BP Institute, but arrange in advance as there are several doors. Large tables and moveable chairs, with fairly low bookshelves.

Computer facilities

Computer room on first floor of Wolfson building, spacious and accessible.


Disabled toilet on ground floor of BP Institute and Drum building.

Common rooms

Large, spacious common room, with kitchen, on ground floor of Madingley Rise House, leading to BP Institute foyer. Student/univ/disability/staff kitchens on ground floors of Wolfson building, Madingley Rise House and BP Institute.


See separate entry for the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, on the Downing Site.


  • Drum building, with mainly student offices, has level access and is all on ground floor.
  • Brighton building, mostly used for conservation and storage, has level access and a lift to the first floor.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users. Some could be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. Touch readable buttons in lift.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopiers available.

Signs and wayfinding

Large white-on-blue signs to each building. There are few signs around the buildings themselves, but wayfinding is not difficult.


  • Beware the glass doors at the main entrance to the BP Institute, as they are rather hard to see.
  • Lighting throughout all buildings is generally very good.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Fire alarm panels can easily be adapted for a visual or sensory alarm if necessary.
  • Rather harsh furnishings, especially in the BP Institute. However, there is no traffic or other noise round the site.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

Planned Access Improvements

Plans are in place to install a ramp at the main entrance to the Wolfson building.

Other Useful Information

For specific information please contact any of the people listed in Enquiries/Access Issues.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Bullard Laboratory and BPI. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 15th May 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Bullard Laboratory and BPI.