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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

The Henry Wellcome Building of Cancer and Developmental Biology,
Tennis Court Road,
Cambridge CB2 1QN
01223 334 088
01223 334 089

Access Issues

Caroline Lee
Ragini Medhi
01223 334088
01223 334 089

Location, Services and Transport

Old Addenbrooke's Site. See separate entry for Old Addenbrooke's Site. The building is the first on your left after turning into Tennis Court Road from Lensfield Road.


Two disabled bays, shared with other nearby buildings. One is kept locked to prevent inappropriate usage, so call in advance to reserve.

General Information

Research institute specialising in cancer and developmental biology. The building was completed in 2004, and has generally good access.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

Five first aiders. First aid room shared with Biochemistry.

Emergency procedures

 Stairclimber, shared with and located in Department of Biochemistry, and which can go up or down stairs, can be used for evacuation. Trained fire wardens.

Physical Access


Gentle zig-zag ramp, with handrail, to main entrance. Automatic entrance door. Low counter at reception.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Large lift to all floors.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar rooms level and spacious, with moveable furniture. Laboratories have level access from lift, but some are cramped. Standard height laboratory benches with lower desks for dry work.

Computer facilities

Computer room with Apple Macs, all accessible. Wireless internet throughout. Equipment to help with repetitive strain injury can be acquired and has been in the past.


Accessible toilets in basement and on level 2.

Common rooms

Small servery for drinks and snacks in tea room (one hot meal and veg alternative at lunchtime), spacious and with moveable furniture. Also small kitchen with high worktop and microwavse. Small facility with fridge for overnight food. Limited selection of food in corridor outside kitchen, in vending machines.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs may not be allowed due to health and safety and contamination issues — please discuss in advance.

Computer facilities

Software or hardware to help visually impaired users could be acquired if needed.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. Touch readable buttons and audio information in lift.

Library and magnification equipment

Several photocopiers available. Some labs have magnifying lights.

Signs and wayfinding

Little directional signage. All visitors are escorted round the building.


  • Area outside the building is lit automatically at night.
  • All stairs are marked and have continuous handrails.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops installed at reception and level 3 meeting room.


  • Sensory fire pagers are available from reception.
  • Some traffic noise from Tennis Court Road.
  • Most offices and rooms are carpeted and softly furnished.

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 Officers.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Gurdon Institute. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Gurdon Institute. This page was last updated on 5th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Gurdon Institute.