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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 0HE
01223 337 200

Access Issues

Mr Peter Norman
01223 337 417

Location, Services and Transport

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


Car park outside main entrance. Call to reserve a space in the visitors car park. Regular disabled members can obtain a permit if necessary.

General Information

Main department consists of the Mott, Bragg, Rutherford, Physics of Medicine, Link and Maxwell buildings, all having good access. Access to the Bragg and Rutherford buildings have recently been improved with Equality Act compliant lifts and accessible toilets. The Kapiza and Microelectronics buildings also on site and have good access. The Battcock building, which is located adjacent to the IOA on the North side of Madingley road,also has good access.


No smoking anywhere in the buildings.

Medical facilities

A first aid team is present during normal working hours and have a fully equipped first aid room. Emergency showers and many first aid boxes are located around the department. Practical work out of office hours is discouraged and a strict out-of-hours policy is in force.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs on all staircases, and plenty of trained fire wardens. Clearly marked refuges. Call the safety team if you need help evacuating in an emergency.

Physical Access


Ramp down to main entrance, through two sets of automatic doors. Low reception counter. Ground level entrances to all buildings, but some very heavy doors. Swipe card access to most buildings and swipe, keypad or key-locked entrance to most laboratories.

Number of floors

Most buildings have two floors, including ground floor. There are three floors in the Mott building and four floors in the Maxwell building.

Lifts and stairs

Lift in the Lecture Theatre foyer of Bragg building. Lift in the Kapitza and Microelectronics buildings. Goods lifts with manual and automatic doors in Mott and Rutherford buildings. Do not use lifts after 5pm. Stairs all have continuous handrails.

Lecture theatres

Two in Bragg building, both tiered with padded fold-down seats and fixed bench tables. Ground level access to bottom or lift access to top, with some space for wheelchairs.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar rooms, laboratories and other facilities all round site, all accessible. Laboratory benches standard height, but adjustable benches are under consideration. Laboratory access can be arranged as required.


Rayleigh Library on first floor of Bragg building, accessible via lift. Wide door, plenty of shelf and workspace, and some chairs with armrests. Staffed office hours 9.00am to 5.00pm. 24 hour access with swipe card.

Computer facilities

Computer room with PWFs on ground floor of Bragg, all accessible. Some computers in library. Adaptations to help with repetitive strain injury can be acquired if necessary.


Accessible toilets in Bragg, Rutherford, Microelectronics, and Kapitza buildings.

Common rooms

Large cafeteria in Bragg building. Double doors, smooth and spacious inside, with decent height tables and moveable chairs. Self-service snacks and full lunches.


Small museum on first floor of Bragg, accessible via lift. Smooth and spacious inside, and all accessible.


  • Grassed areas around the site, all accessible, with some benches and a large pond.
  • Smooth, level footpaths around the site.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. Please discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a laboratory, as a risk assessment must be undertaken.

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. No touch-readable or audio information in lifts.

Library and magnification equipment

Magnifying glass and extra worklamps available from reception desk. Photocopier and coloured paper in library.

Signs and wayfinding

Wayfinding signs available around the buildings. Please ask at reception if you need assistance.


  • Most stairs and steps are marked, and have continuous handrails. Those in Bragg building are coloured bright yellow.
  • Careful to avoid the pond in the garden, as there are no barriers or warnings. There is limited lighting at night around the site.
  • Museum information is rather small and hard to read.
  • Large screens in lecture theatres, with good lighting.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in both lecture theatres.


  • Offices and some corridors are carpeted and quiet. Laboratories are tiled. The site as a whole is set slightly back from the West Cambridge Site, so is fairly peaceful.

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

Continual access improvements as need arises and finances allow. Please discuss if you have any needs or suggestions.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Physics. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 15th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Physics.