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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Lensfield Road,
Cambridge CB2 1ER
01223 336 540
01223 336 549

Access Issues

Kate Gilbert
01223 336 541
01223 336 549

Location, Services and Transport

Lensfield Road, just off the Hills Road/Regent Street junction. A ten minute walk to the main city centre and railway station.


Lensfield Road can be busy during peak times, with many parked cars adding to congestion, the junction nearby can also be difficult. There are, however, several pelican crossings and pavements are fairly wide.

Services and shops

City centre. There are also many small shops, cafes and other services along Hills Road.


Small staff car park outside with one disabled bay. Please call in advance to reserve. The Queen Anne multi-storey car park is also nearby. Regular disabled members of the Institute can obtain a parking permit.

Other transport options

Bus stop nearby. The Uni 4 bus stop is on Trumpington Street, a 3–4 minute walk away.

General Information

Sub-department of the Department of Geography, concentrating on research involving the Arctic, Antarctic and glaciology worldwide. Access to the building is generally very good.


No smoking anywhere on site.

Medical facilities

First aider in the Institute. Also, many first aiders in the Chemistry building next door, who can be contacted immediately.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs available, located on the 2nd floor. Lift is not to be used in the event of an emergency.

Physical Access


Disabled lift to to the main entrance of the Institute with automatic doors into the building. Low reception counter.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement, which is not publicly accessible.

Lifts and stairs

Lift to all floors.

Lecture theatres

Ground level access to seating area. Tiered seating, with hard folding benches, but plenty of space for wheelchairs or other chairs. Level back entrance to front and stage, where there is moveable furniture and plenty of space.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Front of lecture theatre often used as a meeting room, with level back entrance and moveable furniture. Seminar room does not have level access from lift, as there are several doors and steps to negotiate.


Spread over three floors of the building, with main entrance on first floor. External lift to all levels - ask staff for help with doors. Plenty of space, and several accessible computers.

Computer facilities

Several computers in library, all accessible.


Disabled toilet located on the ground floor.


Museum entrance located on Lensfield Road. Disabled lift to entrance. A set of manual doors. Smooth and spacious inside.


  • Small gardens outside, all fairly level and accessible, with some paving and some lawn.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Two computers have assistive software installed.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information, or on different coloured paper, on prior request. Touch readable and Braille information in lift.

Library and magnification equipment

Lighting in library is good, and extra lights are available on request. Various magnification equipment available, plus a photocopier for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Large, clear signs in museum and library — all information at least 16pt. The building is small, and wayfinding is not a problem.


  • Good lighting in museum and generally in all areas of the building.
  • Steps and stairs, including in the lecture theatre, are marked and have continuous handrails.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in lecture theatre. Portable loop available from reception.


  • There is some traffic noise from Lensfield Road, especially during peak times. The school next door can also be noisy at breaktime.
  • However, most public spaces such as the library are shielded from the traffic noise and are fairly quiet.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties on request. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer. Information can be provided in different formats, for example large print or on coloured paper.

Planned Access Improvements

Adaptations can be made as necessary — please feel free to discuss your needs and suggestions.

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