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West Cambridge site building

Guide to accessibility from the Disability Resource Centre

The new building on the West Cambridge site is purpose built and conforms to modern standards of accessibility. All areas are accessible to wheelchair users.

Directions to the new building


Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
West Cambridge Site
Philippa Fawcett Drive


New Museums Site building


Guide to accessibility from the Disability Resource Centre

Some of our buildings were built in 1887 and 1901, and so were not designed with people of reduced mobility in mind, but the buildings have been adapted wherever possible. Access by car is from Pembroke Street, which is a one way street (see the University Map). There are parking spaces for wheelchair users opposite the department. The main entrance is accessed by a short staircase. There is a back door with a ramp but, for security reasons, there is a gate across the entrance to the passage. If possible, wheelchair users are advised to telephone the person they are visiting to arrange for someone to let them in through the gate and back door. There is a doorbell on the window at the bottom of the steps that lead to the main entrance. The bell will ring in reception, so when the receptionist is on duty, they will contact someone to help you. Alternatively, please phone reception on 01223 334777 or use the security call point by the car parking barrier and ask them to contact the person you are visiting so that we can help you.

The back door gives access to the lower ground floor and a lift to the other floors. The lift is wheelchair accessible. The disabled toilet is on this level next to the back door. There are two lecture theatres, both with enough room for a student in a wheelchair. The Library, computer rooms, seminar rooms, departmental offices and most laboratories are accessible. The canteen and lecture rooms are now fully accessible. There is an induction loop in the main lecture theatre.

The Pembroke Street facilities are labelled as M15A, M15B and M15C on the site access map giving details of disabled access on sites and into buildings on the New Museums Sites

Tennis Court Road ‘Biotechnology’ building

Biotechnology is located on the Old Addenbrooke’s site, Tennis Court Road. The laboratories, offices and meeting rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the building.

Parking: Parking spaces are limited therefore all visitors to the building are asked prior to arrival to discuss their intended travel arrangements with their host. Individuals with reduced mobility or other requirements may in advance reserve a parking space in the lower ground floor ‘basement’ car park. Access to the car park is from Tennis Court Road via the roadway located on the left between the Pharmacology and Central Deliveries buildings. Turn in and then bear left to the security barrier and call reception to arrange admission to the car park: 01223 334 160

From the basement most floors in the building are accessible by lift, through a secondary entrance that requires an access card for admission. To arrange entry visitors are advised to telephone their host or reception.

Access: Biotechnology is normally accessed from Tennis Court Road at the main entrance on Level 1, using either steps or a ramp.  Visitors should use the telephone in the foyer to contact either their host or reception.  Alternative access is possible at basement level, as described above.

Facilities: The building has two lifts, both of which can be used to access all floors of the building with the exception of the plant room, located on the roof.  All labs, offices, meeting rooms and the seminar / tea room are easily accessible. The seminar room is fitted with a hearing induction loop. Toilets are located on all floors, with specially designed wide access facilities available on levels ‘0’ and ‘3’. 

Health and Safety:  Scientific research is carried out within the building and it is important that all visitors can be safely evacuated.  Members of staff welcome enquiries from and are happy to make arrangements for those requiring additional help or assistance. Guests are advised to first discuss their requirements with their building contact.

Guide to accessibility from the Disability Resource Centre


The Magnetic Resonance Research Centre (MRRC) was built in 1997 and is located on the West Cambridge Site near the Cavendish Laboratories. The first floor is accessible only by a staircase, but offices and labs on the ground floor are accessible by wheelchair users. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor.

Guide to accessibility of West Cambridge site from the Disability Resource Centre


The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology seeks to comply in all respects with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. For further information, please see the department's Policy on Disability Discrimination and the website of the Disability Resource Centre.