Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
Strangeways Research Laboratory
- Wort's Causeway,
Cambridge CB1 8RN
- 01223 740 145
- 01223 411 609
- Mrs Julie Jenkins
- 01223 740 182
- 01223 740 147
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
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
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.
Two first aiders on site. First aid room on ground floor. Addenbrooke's Hospital nearby.
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.
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.
Ground floor lecture room in one extension. Level access, large and spacious, with moveable furniture.
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.
Small unstaffed periodicals library on first floor of original building. Accessed by lift and several steps. Ask at reception for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Library and magnification equipment
Rather small handwritten cataloguing system in library. Ask at reception for assistance. Photocopiers in library and at various locations round building.
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.
No induction loops currently.
- No visual or sensory alarms installed.
- 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 DRC updates information as it is received. This page was last updated on 10th December 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Strangeways Research Laboratory.