Parkinson Building main entrance with accessible lift

The Parkinson Building is now fully accessible

The Parkinson Building our most iconic building on campus, has elevated its profile following the completion of work to install a lift at the main entrance of the building.

Following a detailed scheme of improvement works, which has included the installation of the lift alongside the upgrading of the steps and handrails, together, for the first time in history, the University has made it possible for all visitors, students and staff to enter Parkinson Building using the main entrance.

Len Wilson, Deputy Director of Estates commented: “The University makes every effort to improve accessibility across campus. The Parkinson steps have been an iconic gateway to the University since its opening in 1951. Although a major focal point for student and visitor gatherings, the steps have been one of the most inaccessible parts of campus. The University has been keen to address this and ensure all visitors, students and staff are able to enter this iconic building via the same entrance, have the same experience and be equally inspired.”

The Parkinson Building with the new accessible lift

The University is made up of a community of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can access our campus, have an opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities allowing everyone to reach their full potential.

Sabiha Patel, Head of Equality and Inclusion, commented: “I am grateful to the University and delighted with this development to Parkinson Building.  Full access to our buildings is an essential first step to inclusion.   Everyone should now be able to enter the building easily and take advantage of all the opportunities it affords.”

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Access

£3.5m for Access Works to Campus

A £3.5m equality access improvements programme will commence this year.  

Access to areas in and around campus matters to all not least disabled students and staff. We remain committed to improving accessibility on campus and produce Access News which provides a roundup of our work in this area.

This summer a significant investment will take place to further improve equality access amongst areas on campus. The £3.5m access works programme, commencing this summer and expected for completion by 2019, includes a detailed maintenance and external environments work programme and will  address issues such as improving way-finding signage, improvements to ramps and some new ramps to replace steps; the provision of new and more accessible pathways and parking bays. Work will also take place to improve access to the Parkinson Building.

Find out more about this project.

  

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