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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

1 JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 0DY
01223 337 581
01223 337 596

Access Issues

Juliet Teather
01223 337 581
01223 337 596

Location, Services and Transport

West Cambridge Site. See separate entry for West Cambridge Site.

General Information

Research division of the Department of Engineering, focusing on turbo-machinery, mechanical engineering and lasers. The building itself is generally accessible, but a severe disability may be a hindrance in the laboratories.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider in the building, and more on site. Those working with lasers must undergo thorough laser eye tests and inductions.

Emergency procedures

The building is all at ground level, with level fire exits.

Physical Access


Level access through wide door, with bell for assistance. Push button exit. Carpeted hallway, and low counter at reception.

Number of floors

All at ground level.

Lifts and stairs


Seminar/teaching rooms

Laboratories are on ground floor, but very crowded with equipment. There would be no room for a wheelchair, and other physical impairments may also be a hindrance. Seminar room on ground floor, with moveable furniture.


Small unstaffed library in a ground level room, all accessible. Ask reception for assistance.

Computer facilities

All members have their own computers.


One disabled toilet in the building.

Common rooms

Common room at ground level, with moveable furniture and a small kitchen.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome in the office and common areas, but please discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a laboratory. Severe visual impairments would hinder your ability to use the laboratory.

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.

Signs and wayfinding

Few internal signs, but the building is small and all on ground floor. Wayfinding is not a problem.


  • Visually impaired people would find practical work in the laboratories difficult, as they are very crowded and experiments often require sharp eyesight for safety reasons.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops installed but portable systems are available on request.


  • Mostly carpeted and quiet throughout the building.

Planned Access Improvements

None planned. Long term plan is for the institute to move to a new building located on the West Cambridge Site (estimate 2008 earliest).

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Whittle Laboratory. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Laboratory. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Whittle Laboratory.