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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Hills Road,
Cambridge CB2 2XZ
01223 763 240
01223 763 241

Access Issues

Mr Brian Richardson
01223 763 242
01223 763 241

Location, Services and Transport

Addenbrooke's Site. See separate entry for Addenbrooke's Site.


Small car park at rear of building, shared with the Cambridge Institue for Medical Research. Three designated disabled bays. Parking badges issued to disabled visitors.

General Information

Building is managed by the Medical Research Council Cancer Unit, who occupy the laboratories along with the Department of Oncology. The building is generally very accessible. There are automatic push-button doors at the entrance to each floor, but several heavy doors in corridors and between laboratories.


No smoking anywhere in the building or on site.

Medical facilities

First aiders in the Department, and a first aid room. Hospital nearby.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs fitted. Marked refuge points.

Physical Access


Level access at front entrance, through wide doors.

Number of floors

Four occupied floors in total, including ground floor, plus a plant room on the 5th floor.

Lifts and stairs

Large goods lift to all floors. Stairs all have continuous handrails.


Laboratories all have level access from lift. Most benches are standard height, with the lower benches for dry work, but these could be adapted if necessary.


See separate entry for Medical Library.

Computer facilities

Most staff have own computers. Some communal computers, all accessible.


Disabled toilets on levels 1 and 3.

Common rooms

Tea room, with drinks and snacks served by outside caterers. Level access, smooth and spacious, with moveable furniture. Often used for meetings and seminars.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome, but discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a 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. Touch readable buttons and audio information in lift.

Signs and wayfinding

Good signs around the building, and wayfinding is not a problem.


  • Good lighting generally in all areas, and particularly in labs.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in tea room/seminar room.

Planned Access Improvements

Adaptations to workspaces can be made as necessary — please discuss your individual needs.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre. The ADRC updates information as it is recevied from the Centre. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre.