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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Wellcome Trust/MCR Building, Box 139,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Hills Road,
Cambridge, CB2 0XY
01223 762 322
01223 762 323

Access Issues

Mr David Cheesman
01223 762 314
01223 762 132

Location, Services and Transport

Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke's Site.) See separate entry for Addenbrooke's Site.

General Information

Use of the building, opened in October 2000, is shared between the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) and the Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MRC-MBU). The building houses a mixture of research laboratories and offices.


No smoking anywhere in the building or on the Campus.

Medical facilities

Several first aiders in the department, and a first aid room. Hospital nearby.

Emergency procedures

One lift is an evacuation lift, with marked refuges nearby. There is also an evacuation chair. Emergency phones around building. Individual evacuation plans are drawn up for members with disabilities.

Physical Access


Revolving door, or wide single door, at entrance. Level, with reception and seating area. Level access through goods entrance from rear car park. Disabled parking bays are available (three spaces-shared with neighbouring building).

Number of floors

Seven floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

Modern passenger lift and larger goods lift to all floors. All stairs have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

Large Lecture Theatre on top floor. Level access from lift, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

             Three smaller seminar rooms, one on each of Levels 4, 5, 6, all with level access and with room for a wheelchair.


Main Library in Clinical School — see separate entry for Medical Library.

Computer facilities

A few public access computers and laptop network points on each floor, with level access from lift but some in rather awkward spaces.


Disabled toilet on floors 2, 4 and 6 of the building.

Common rooms

\\\\\     Refectory on top floor. Moveable furniture, of various heights. Crowded at peak times. Small seating areas and kitchens on each floor.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome in lecture and seminar rooms and in offices, but please give prior notice. Dogs would not be allowed in the laboratories.

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, Braille and audio information in lift.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear, black and yellow signs around the building. Large hazard/danger signs.


  • Very good lighting generally in all areas of the building.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Laboratories all have level access from lift. Some lower benches, usually used for dry work but can be adapted if necessary.

  • The building has open plan areas and corridors are unfurnished, so open areas can be noisy.

  • Refectory can be particularly noisy at peak times.

Planned Access Improvements

Adaptations can be made as required — please discuss your individual needs well in advance.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Institute. This page was last updated on 5 June 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the CIMR.