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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Hopkins Building
Tennis Court Road,
Cambridge, CB2 1QW
01223 333 600
01223 333 345
Sanger Building
80 Tennis Court Road,
Cambridge, CB2 1GA
01223 666 001
01223 766 002

Access Issues

Departmental Administrator
01223 333 616

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site and Tennis Court Road. See separate entry for Downing Site.

General Information

The Department is located in two buildings - the Hopkins building on the Downing Site and the Sanger building at 80 Tennis Court Road. Walking it is five minutes between the two buildings. Additionally, some staff are located within the Craik Marshall building on the Downing Site and in the Stem Cell Institute.


No smoking anywhere in the buildings.

Medical facilities

First aiders located in both buildings. Medical first aid kits are accessible on all levels. An Automatic External Defibrillator is located on the ground floor of each building.

Emergency procedures

The Department will provide a tailored emergency procedure induction for all disabled individuals where notified.

Physical Access


Hopkins building has 9 steps to main entrance, with no handrail. Wheelchair access via platform lift at back entrance, but arrange in advance. Sanger building has ramped main entrance, with handrail.

Number of floors

Four floors in Hopkins building, including basement. Four floors in Sanger building, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Hopkins building has large lift to all floors. Sanger building has two lifts with access to lower ground, ground and two upper floors. Craik Marshall has no lift. The shared SCI building has a small passenger lift and a larger goods lift which could be used for wheelchair access.

Lecture theatres

Hopkins lecture theatre on ground floor. Moveable seating, with room for a wheelchair. Sanger building has level access from lift, and a wheelchair lift to access lower level and stage if required. Tiered fold-down seating, with room for wheelchairs.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Research Laboratories and Seminar Rooms in both buildings accessible by lift. Classroom Laboratories in the Hopkins building accessible for wheelchair, by side external lift. All Research Laboratories (used by undergraduates for Part II and Part III projects) can be rather cramped because of numbers.


Ground floor of Hopkins building. Level access through heavy double doors. Spacious, with moveable furniture. Staff will help in office hours. Swipecard access out of hours.

Computer facilities

Communal computers in Library, level and accessible. All Research Groups and Admin offices have computer facilities.


Disabled toilet in basement of Hopkins building, and on ground and second floors of Sanger building.

Common rooms

Ground floor of Hopkins building. And ground floor of Sanger both spacious, with moveable furniture. Tea, coffee and snacks on sale at coffee, tea and lunch times for Staff, PhD and Part II/III students.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome in public areas, but discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a laboratory.

Computer facilities

Tailored solutions will be provided by the Biochemistry IT department.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopiers available.

Signs and wayfinding

Large, clear signs around both buildings.


Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in lecture theatres of both buildings.


  • Vibrating alarm available from reception.

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

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Biochemistry. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Institute. This page was last updated on 18th January 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Biochemistry.