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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Wilberforce Road,
Cambridge, CB3 0WA
01223 765 000
01223 765 900

Access Issues

Mr Mick Young
01223 766 915
01223 765 900

Location, Services and Transport

About a mile from the city centre, off Madingley Road. There are quieter pedestrian routes to CMS via Grange Road, Wilberforce Road and Clarkson Road.


Madingley Road tends to be very busy, particularly at peak times. There is a pelican crossing and adjacent footpath leading to the CMS site. Pavements are uneven but fairly wide. The site is set back from the main road.

Services and shops

City centre.


Large car park on site, entered off Wilberforce Road from Madingley Road. Intercom at barrier for assistance, or proximity card access for permit holders. Four disabled bays, and disabled members could obtain a permit.

Other transport options

Uni 4 bus stop nearby.

General Information

Opened in January 2000, with very good access. The centre consists of several pavilions connected by common rooms or walkways. The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics are based here. The Betty and Gordon Moore Library, a division of the University Library, and the Isaac Newton Institute, which runs conferences and programs for visiting academics, are also on site.


No smoking anywhere in the buildings. Smoking is discouraged in areas near to the buildings.

Medical facilities

Four first aiders in the centre. First aid room, fully accessible, on lower ground floor of Pavilion F.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs on the 1st floor of some buildings. Evacuation lifts in Pavilions G and B. Site fire wardens with fire pagers, plus departmental fire wardens. Fire proof doors, so in case of a fire alarm you can often move horizontally to Central Core or another pavilion.

Physical Access


Level access to Central Core, through two sets of automatic doors. Low counter at reception. All main pavilion entrances are at ground level, with proximity card access and push-button exit. Central Core and Pavilion B have automatic entrance doors at ground level and there are also automatic doors on the lower ground floor of Pavilion D.

Number of floors

Four floors in each of the pavilions, including lower ground level.

Lifts and stairs

Lift in every pavilion. Stairs all have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

Ten lecture theatres of various sizes, most at lower ground level and all accessible by lift. The largest (MR 2) is tiered, with wheelchair spaces at the back and a side route to the stage. Others are level and spacious, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar and meeting rooms of various sizes, most at lower ground level and all accessible by lift. Level and spacious, and often with moveable furniture.


Betty and Gordon Moore Library, part of the University Library, on site. See separate entry for Betty and Gordon Moore Library.

Computer facilities

Computer teaching rooms of various sizes, at lower ground level and all accessible by lift. Level and spacious, and often with moveable furniture.


Disabled toilets on ground floor of every pavilion, and more on the lower ground of Central Core and the upper floors of Pavilion B. Two in library.

Common rooms

Cafeteria in Central Core, spacious, level, with low counters and moveable furniture. Automatic push-button doors at either end. All pavilions have a common room with moveable furniture and a small kitchen area.


  • Four pavilion buildings are connected by common areas, others by external walkways.
  • Various benches around site and on first floor terraces.
  • A portable ramp is available for access to the stage of lecture room 3.
  • Some manual doors are rather heavy.
  • Sloping roof garden accessible from first floor of pavilions.

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. If you are at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics or the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, please speak to your Disability Liaison Officer there.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information, or on coloured paper, on prior request. Touch readable buttons and audio information in lifts.

Library and magnification equipment

See separate entry for Betty and Gordon Moore Library.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs around the outside of the Centre, and on individual buildings and rooms. Maps at main entrance and pavilion entrances.


  • Good lighting generally around the building and in all rooms. Paths are lit at night, with some set to switch off at 9pm.
  • Be careful to avoid falling down steep steps (fire escape routes) which branch down off the road and garden areas. There are low bars and handrails above any high drops to warn you where they are but no other markings.
  • Be careful also to avoid walking into glass doors, although extra frosting has been put in place to help prevent this.
  • If you will be a regular visitor, please call to arrange to be escorted round the building until you are familiar with it.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in all ten lecture theatres.


  • Carpeted and softly furnished in most areas, including library and lecture theatres. Pavilions are self-contained and quiet.
  • Little traffic noise, as the centre is set back from the main road.
  • Vibrating fire alarm could be provided if necessary, but arrange in advance.

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. Coloured paper available for photocopying.

Planned Access Improvements

A new sign is to be considered for the corner of the site on Clarkson Road, to avoid confusion between the Isaac Newton Institute and main site.

Other Useful Information

  • University networked telephones are situated outside entrances to Pavilions B, E, F and Central Core to enable visitors to contact staff direct or call reception.
  • At the car park barrier and around the perimeter of the site there are help points with intercom to reception/security and panic alarms. CCTV cameras will focus on help point if alarm is activated.
  • Note that some undergraduate lectures take place in the Mill Lane and Cockroft lecture theatres, but can be moved to more accessible locations given sufficient notice.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Centre. This page was last updated on 3 January 2013. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.