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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

1–5 Scroope Terrace,
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge, CB2 1PX
01223 332 958
01223 332 960

Access Issues

Andrew Bennett
01223 332 593

Location, Services and Transport

Main Faculty building, shared with History of Art, in Scroope Terrace on Trumpington Street. 5–10 minutes walk from city centre. Teaching also takes place in another building on Trumpington Street, and at sites around Cambridge.


Trumpington Street is extremely busy, with cars in both directions and a complicated junction and mini-roundabout nearby. Pavements are difficult.

Services and shops

City centre. There are several small shops and restaurants on the way up Trumpington Street, and on nearby Lensfield Road.


Limited disabled parking is available at Scroope Terrace by prior arrangement. There are a few Pay & Display and disabled bays further up Trumpington Street, but these are usually full.

Other transport options

Uni 4 and Citi 4 bus stop further up Trumpington Street, towards the city centre.

General Information

The main faculty building is a listed Victorian Terrace, built in 1839. Access is currently difficult, as there are steps and stairs everywhere. A new extension and refurbishment programme has provided a new lift which has improved access to the main building and library.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider in the building. First aid boxes are available.

Emergency procedures

No evacuation chairs or other facilities currently.

Physical Access


Several steps, with handrail, to front entrance of main building. Ramped access from car park to the rear of the building.

Number of floors

Three floors, plus an attic containing offices.

Lifts and stairs

Staircases all have continuous handrails, but many are steep and difficult. Lift access to four out of five floors.

Lecture theatres

Lecture theatre on first floor of listed extension. Direct access is by stairs, but wheelchair-accessible route is also available.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Design studios accessible by ramp and lift.


Library covers two floors linked internally by a spiral staircase, but both floors can be accessed externally by a ramp and lift. Rather cramped inside, especially around workspaces, and shelves are high and narrow. Open during office hours, and staff will help.

Computer facilities

Some computers in library, accessible by lift.


Disabled toilet in the basement, accessible by lift.

Common rooms

The Gallery, containing the kitchen and vending machines for student use, can be accessed only by a short flight of stairs. There is no staff common room. There is a good, fully accessible café in the Fitzwilliam museum.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information, or on different coloured paper, on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Library is rather dimly lit. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Few signs currently in the main building. Those that are in place tend to be small. Staff are available at Reception and elsewhere to provide directions.


  • The Architecture course is, by its very nature, a very visual course. It would therefore be difficult for anyone with severe visual impairments. Drawing, model making and computer-aided design also require a level of manual dexterity. Each case is decided on an individual basis.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops at Reception in the main building and History of Art departmental office.


  • There is some traffic noise in the main building.

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.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Architecture. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 17th January 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Architecture.