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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Wort's Causeway,
Cambridge CB1 8RN
01223 748 600

Access Issues

Mrs Julie Jenkins
01223 748 612

Location, Services and Transport

Wort's Causeway, around two miles from the city centre.


Wort's Causeway is closed to all traffic 7.30–9.30am daily. It can be busy with traffic at peak times. Hills Road and the surrounding roads are all busy due to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Services and shops

Addenbrooke's Hospital.


Small car park with two disabled bays, both currently allocated. Two bookable visitor spaces. Disabled members and visitors can obtain parking, but please call in advance.

Other transport options

Babraham Road Park and Ride offers a frequent service to Addenbrooke's Site. Uni 4 bus stop at Addenbrooke's Site. From there it is 5–10 minutes walk, up a slight incline.

General Information

Strangeways Research Laboratory houses the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Oncology labs and PHG Foundation. Major building work and refurbishments have been underway for the last ten years, and there is now good access to the building and its new extensions. A swipe card system is in place on external doors, and the building is locked midnight–7am.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

Four first aiders on site. First aid room on ground floor. Addenbrooke's Hospital nearby.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs available if needed. All fire escape doors are level. Assembly point in car park. Dedicated health and safety/fire officer on site. Portable alarms which vibrate can be given to those with a hearing impairment to alert when a fire alarm is sounding.

Physical Access


Three steps to main entrance, with bell for assistance. Level side access to most ground floor areas of this section, but arrange in advance. Level entrance to both new extensions with swipecard. Low counter at reception.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Two passenger lifts to all floors, one very large. All main staircases have continuous handrails. Some steps in corridor of original building.

Lecture theatres

Ground floor lecture room in one extension. Level access, large and spacious, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All new offices and labs are accessible for wheelchair users. All lab benches at standard height, but most equipment is controlled by computers which can be placed at any level. Some rooms in original building require one or two steps to access.

Computer facilities

All members have their own computers. Adaptations to help with RSI are available, often as standard, and others can be acquired if needed.


Three disabled toilets, one in original building and one in each extension. Shower in ladies' toilet, level and accessible with assistance.

Common rooms

Kitchen on ground floor of new extension, fully accessible. Kitchen and tea room on first floor of original building, with several steps from lift. Large, spacious, with moveable round tables and chairs.


  • Garden outside, with level access from building. Paved path, level lawn, and lots of benches.
  • Please note that wheelchair users may have to go outside and round to access all areas of the building and its extensions. If you can manage two or three steps, everything can be reached under cover.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome in the building, but please discuss in advance if you want to take your dog into a lab due to issues of health and safety and contamination.

Computer facilities

19 inch screens and Dragon voice recognition software fairly standard. Groups are usually responsible for providing computer facilities. Speak to Clinical School IT department for advice.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print, Braille and audio information on prior request. Bar codes on samples may be difficult to enlarge, but are only required for actual lab work.

Signs and wayfinding

Little external or directional signposting. Maps available. Inductions to the building given to all new members. Each group is also responsible for showing new members around.


  • Large windows and good lighting throughout, recently upgraded.
  • Paths and car parks are automatically lit at night.
  • Staircases are all marked and have continuous handrails.
  • Full audio-visual facilities in seminar room, including video conferencing.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Vibrating alarm system for those who have hearing impairments is available.
  • Offices are carpeted and softly furnished.
  • The site is fairly quiet, with little traffic noise except at peak times.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Support for members with Specific Learning Difficulties is given as needed. Do discuss any needs you might have.

Planned Access Improvements

Planned improvement of level access to original building directly from car park. Small scale refurbishments are ongoing, so ask if you have any needs or suggestions.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Strangeways Research Laboratory. The ADRC updates information as it is received. This page was last updated on 8th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Strangeways Research Laboratory.