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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH,
Informatics Forum,
Central Area,
A GUIDE TO ACCESS AND FACILITIES ,
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Informatics Forum.
University Of Edinburgh.
10 Crichton Street.
Edinburgh.
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Telephone.
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Map Link.
http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/?building=informatics-forum
If you require this document in an alternative format (e.g. large print) please contact the Estates and
Buildings Department or email david.casey@ed.ac.uk, telephone 0 1 3 1 6 5 0 2 4 7 0 or write to:
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Estates and Buildings
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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.
A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is required for all staff and students unable to
self-evacuate in an emergency. Provision for staff/students/visitors who are unable to selfevacuate is the responsibility of the organiser of the class/lecture/event/meeting. While the
School is responsible for preparing this, staff and students requiring assistance should
confirm the evacuation arrangements”.
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Table of Contents.
Introduction
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Location
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Parking
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Outside Access
Entrance 1
Entrance 2
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Entrance 3
Entrance 4
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Internal Access.
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Reception
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Lifts.
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Platform Lift.
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Stairs
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Showers
Toilets
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Room Directory
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Floor Plans
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Opening Hours
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Contact Information
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Links
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Disabled Access Guide for the Informatics Forum.
T his building has been designed for the use of persons in wheelchairs, persons who have difficulty with mobility or are infirm.
Seating is available. Accessible and standard toilets are also available.
Introduction.
The landmark Informatics Forum is a centre for innovation and interaction at the centre of the
University. It sits alongside new teaching, conference and technology transfer facilities in Appleton
Tower. The Forum represents phase 1 of the Potter Row Development. This project is one of the
major components of the University's master plan framework for George Square / Bristo Square.
Its three principal users are:
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The School of Informatics.
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The College of Humanities and Social Science.
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The University Student Support Services.
Location.
The Informatics Forum is located on Crichton Street; in central Edinburgh. The building is within one
mile of the city centre and one mile of the main halls of residence at Pollock Halls.
The nearest railway line is at Waverley Station in the city centre.
The nearest bus stops are located on Potterrow approximately 140 metres from the Informatics
Forum. Numerous bus services stop on Potterrow and Chapel Street. Details of timetables are
available from Lothian Buses, from their offices within the city and online from
www.mybustracker.co.uk.
Persons with mobility difficulties arriving by vehicle can access the Informatics Forum from
Potterrow, Chapel Street and Crichton Street.
There are numerous pedestrian access routes to this area, including from Bristo Square.
See Location Map.
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Informatics Forum Location Map image.
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Parking.
There are numerous parking bays located around George Square but no free parking; all parking
bays being permit or pay and display.
Pay and Display Parking.
There is ample City of Edinburgh Council pay and display parking located adjacent to the Informatics
Forum. There is level access to the Informatics Forum from the pay and display parking via a
cobbled road and two dropped kerbs. See Location Map.
Please note that all pay and display parking is situated on a cobbled surface and is only
recommended for wheelchair users with assistance.
Disabled Parking Bays.
There are two disabled parking bays located close to the Informatics Forum and ample parking to
the front of the building for disabled badge holders. See Location Map.
The first disabled parking bay has a level paved surface and is located adjacent to the main
entrance. There is level access to the front of the Informatics Forum from this disabled parking bay
via a dropped kerb and a paved footpath.
The second disabled parking bay has an uneven cobbled surface and is located within the University
car park to the rear of Appleton Tower. Please note that this disabled parking bay is located out with
100 metres of the Informatics Forum and is only recommended for wheelchair users with assistance.
Disabled parking bay located adjacent to the
Informatics Forum image.
Appleton Tower disabled parking bay .
University Parking.
The closest University car park is located to the rear of Appleton Tower. This car park has an
uneven cobbled surface and a limited number of parking bays. There are additional University car
parks located around George Square. See Location Map.
If you do not hold a valid permit and require use of a University parking bay, it is recommended that
contact is made with your host or the Transport & Parking Office prior to making your journey.
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Outside Access.
There are four entrances to the Informatics Forum. See Ground Floor Plan for locations.
Entrance 1.
This entrance is located to the front of the building on a level paved surface and is the main entrance
to the Informatics Forum. Entrance 1 can be accessed via a long ramp or a flight of paved steps
from the adjacent footpath. Steps leading to the entrance incorporate contrasting strips and
handrails to both sides. The ramp has a shallow paved gradient and is not equipped with handrails.
Steps leading to Entrance 1 image.
Ramp leading to Entrance 1 image.
Entrance 1 consists of a set of automatic glazed double doors. These doors slide open, will permit
the passage of a wheelchair and lead to a large vestibule area. From the vestibule area there is
access to the reception via a set of push pad operated glazed double doors. The push pad is
located on the wall to the left of the doorway and is within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
These doors open inward, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporate door handles at
an accessible height.
Please note that all visitors are required to sign in at reception before proceeding to any other part of
the building.
Entrance 1 image.
Internal doors at Entrance 1 image.
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Entrance 2.
This entrance is located on a level paved surface between the Informatics Forum and the Inspace
Laboratory. Entrance 2 provides level access to the Ground Floor of the building and is for the use
of staff/ students. Please note that footpaths leading from Crichton Street and Potterrow have a
moderate gradient and are not recommended for wheelchair users without assistance.
Entrance 2 consists of a secure single width timber door. This door opens outward, will permit the
passage of a wheelchair and incorporates door handles at an accessible height. Please note that
this door is operated manually and requires a swipe card to gain access. There is a swipe card point
and an intercom located to the right of the doorway within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
The intercom is linked to the reception.
Footpath leading from Crichton Street image.
Entrance 2 image.
Entrance 3.
This entrance is located on a shallow paved gradient and is the main entrance to the Inspace
Laboratory. Entrance 3 provides access to the Ground Floor of the building and can be accessed
via a shallow paved gradient from Potterrow. Please note that this footpath incorporates a handrail
to one side.
Entrance 3 consists of a secure set of automated glazed double doors. These doors open outward,
will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporate door handles at an accessible height. There
is a swipe card point located to the left of the doorway within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
Entrance 3
Paved gradient leading from Potterrow image.
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Entrance 4.
This entrance is located to the front of the building on a level paved surface. Entrance 4 can be
accessed from Charles Street via a level paved footpath at the front of the University Shop. This
entrance provides level access to the Ground Floor of the building and is for the use of staff/
students.
Entrance 4 consists of a secure single width timber door. This door opens outward, will permit the
passage of a wheelchair and incorporates door handles at an accessible height. Please note that
this door is operated manually and requires a swipe card to gain access. There is a swipe card point
and an intercom located to the left of the doorway within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
The intercom is linked to the reception.
Footpath leading from Charles Street
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Entrance 4 image.
Internal Access.
There is good level access to all floors of the Informatics Forum. Corridors incorporate good
circulation space and doors which will permit the passage of a wheelchair. Please note that the
majority of doors on the Ground and Basement Floors are heavy manually operated doors. Doors
within corridors on the upper floors are held open to promote ease of access.
All door handles and swipe card points located throughout the building are within comfortable reach
of a wheelchair user. All floor surfaces within the building are suitable for wheelchair users.
Swipe Access Barriers.
Access between the main entrance and the rest of the building is regulated by a set of secure swipe
card activated barriers. There are two dedicated barriers which will permit the passage of a
wheelchair.
Swipe card activated barriers image.
Wheelchair accessible barrier image.
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Interactive Information Points.
There are interactive touch screens located on the Ground, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth
Floors of the Informatics Forum. See Floor Plans for locations.
The information points provide users with interactive building maps, room locations and contact
details for building users. Please note that the touch screens may prove difficult for wheelchair users
to reach/ operate.
Hot Desk Areas.
There are two open plan hot desk areas located within the Informatics Forum.
See Floor Plans for locations.
The hot desk areas are provided for visitors and are located on the Second, Third and Fourth Floors.
The hot desk areas offer ample circulation space, standard seating and computer desks with 700mm
clear height underneath.
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Computing Support.
The computing support office is located on the Second Floor of the building. The office has an open
plan entrance and offers ample circulation space. Desks within the office have 700mm clear height
underneath and can be easily approached by wheelchair users.
See Second Floor Plan for location.
Computing support office image.
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Informal Meeting Spaces.
There are several informal meeting spaces located throughout the building.
See Floor Plans for locations.
The informal meeting spaces have a good level surface and offer sufficient manoeuvring space for
wheelchair users. All meeting spaces incorporate a small kitchen, standard seating and low level
desks. Please note that the First Floor meeting space is equipped with a lectern and that it is not
within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
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Second Floor Informal meeting space image.
Mini Forums.
There are two mini forums located within the Informatics building.
See Floor Plans for locations.
Mini Forum 1 is located on the Second Floor of the building and Mini Forum 2 is located on the
Fourth Floor of the building. All doors leading to the mini forums are held open to promote ease of
access.
The mini forums act as informal conference/ meeting places for building users and visitors. The mini
forums offer ample circulation space, standard seating and low level tables. Please note that tables
within the mini forums will not permit a wheelchair underneath.
Mini Forum 1image.
Mini Forum 2image.
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Meeting Rooms.
There are ten meeting rooms located throughout the Informatics Forum.
See Floor Plans for locations.
The majority of meeting rooms can be accessed via a manually operated single width door. All
doors open outward, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporate door handles/ viewing
panels at an accessible height. All meeting rooms have a level surface and the majority offer
sufficient circulation space for wheelchair users.
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Second Floor meeting room image.
Inspace.
The Inspace laboratory can be accessed from Entrance 3 or internally via Staircase 5. All doors
within the laboratory are operated manually, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporate
door handles at an accessible height. Please note that all access points are secure and require a
swipe card to gain access.
The lab is split over two levels and can transform into a gallery, studio, cinema and lecture space.
There are three tiers of bench style seating located to the front of the lab and ample circulation
space for wheelchair users. There are standard and accessible toilets located within the Inspace
laboratory. See Ground Floor Plan for location.
There is a flight of steps located on either side of the laboratory which link the upper and lower
levels. The steps incorporate contrasting nosings and handrails to both sides. There is level access
between the upper and lower levels via a platform lift.
See Platform Lifts for more information.
Internal steps and platform lift image.
Tiered seating image.
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Roof Terrace.
There is a small roof terrace located on the Fourth Floor of the building.
See Fourth Floor plan for location.
Please note that the roof terrace does not remain open at all times. If the terrace is locked a key can
be obtained from room 4.37.
There are two single width timber doors which provide level access to the roof terrace. Please note
that both doors are operated manually and may prove difficult for wheelchair users to operate.
These doors open outward, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporate door handles at
an accessible height. The roof terrace has a level paved surface and offers sufficient manoeuvring
space for wheelchair users. There is limited standard seating located on the roof terrace.
Door leading to the roof terrace image.
Roof terrace image.
Roof Garden.
The roof garden is located to the rear of the second mini forum on the Fourth Floor of the building.
See Fourth Floor plan for location.
The roof garden can be accessed via a secure single width timber door. Please note that this door is
operated manually and may prove difficult for wheelchair users to operate. There is a swipe card
point located to the right of the doorway within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user. This door
opens outward, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporates door handles at an
accessible height.
There is an additional access point on the Third Floor of the building which consists of a secure
single width door and a flight of steel steps. The roof garden has a large level paved surface and
offers ample circulation space. There are standard tables and chairs located throughout the roof
garden. Please note that tables do not offer 700mm clear height underneath.
Door leading from the mini forum image.
Roof Garden image.
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School Office Suite.
The school office suite is located on the Fifth Floor of the building.
See Fifth Floor Plan for location.
The office suite can be accessed via a short corridor from Lift 3 and a set of manually operated
timber double doors. All doors leading into the office suite are held open to promote ease of access.
There is ample circulation space within the office suite and all desks can be approached by
wheelchair users.
Boardroom.
The boardroom is located to the rear of the school office suite on the Fifth Floor of the building.
See Fifth Floor Plan for location.
The boardroom can be accessed via a manually operated single width timber door. This door opens
inward, will permit the passage of a wheelchair and incorporates door handles at an accessible
height.
Access to the Dugald Stuart Building.
There is internal access between the Informatics Forum and the Dugald Stuart Building on the First,
Second and Third Floors. See Floor Plans for location.
Please note that all access points are secure and are limited to selected staff/ students. The access
points consist of single width timber doors. These doors open outward, will permit the passage of a
wheelchair and incorporate door handles at an accessible height. There is a swipe card point
located to the left of the doorway within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
Reception.
The reception is located adjacent to Entrance 1 on the Ground Floor of the building.
See Ground Floor Plan for location.
Please note that all visitors must sign in at reception before proceeding to any other part of the
building. The reception desk is within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user but it is currently not
equipped with an induction loop system. The reception can provide information on departments
within the building and answer general enquires.
Reception desk image.
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Lifts.
There are five passenger lifts located within the Informatics Forum. Please note that Lifts 4 & 5 act
as evacuation lifts in the event of a fire. See Floor Plans for locations.
The lift call points and car controls are at an accessible height.
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The lift car controls are within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
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The control panels do not have braille markings.
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The lifts have an alarm and emergency disabled call point.
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There is contrast between the lift wall and floor surfaces.
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There are induction loops.
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There is an audible announcer.
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The lift car interior has handrails.
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There is a visual floor indicator.
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The lighting levels in the lifts are good.
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Lift doors have pressure sensors.
The five lifts are listed below:
Lift 1.
Lift 1 is located within the atrium and serves all floors within the building.
Lift 2.
Lift 2 is located within the atrium and serves all floors within the building.
Lift 3.
Lift 3 is located adjacent to Entrance 2 and serves all floors within the building.
Lift 4.
Lift 4 is located adjacent to Entrance 4 and serves all floors within the building.
Lift 5.
Lift 5 is located to the front of the building and serves the Ground, First, Second, Third, Fourth and
Fifth Floors.
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Platform Lift.
There is one platform lift located within the Informatics Forum. See Ground Floor Plan for location.
This platform lift serves the upper and lower levels of the Inspace laboratory and remains active at all
times. The lift can be operated internally or via controls located on the upper and lower levels of the
lab. The lift controls are located within comfortable reach of a wheelchair user.
Stairs.
There are nine staircases within the Informatics Forum and several short flights of steps. All internal
staircases are of a high standard with contrasting nosings on steps and handrails to both sides.
The nine staircases are listed below:
Staircase 1.
This staircase is located within the atrium and serves all floors within the building.
Staircase 2.
This staircase is located adjacent to Entrance 4 and serves all floors within the building.
This staircase acts as an escape route in the event of a fire.
Staircase 3.
This staircase provides access between the Ground Floor robotics lab and the First Floor.
Staircase 4.
This staircase serves the Ground, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Floors.
This staircase acts as an escape route in the event of a fire.
Staircase 5.
This staircase provides access between the Basement Floor and the Inspace Laboratory.
Staircase 6.
This staircase is located within the Wolfson life sciences wing. Staircase 6 serves the Ground, First,
Second, Third and Fourth Floors. This staircase acts as an escape route in the event of a fire.
Staircase 7.
This spiral staircase is located within the Wolfson life sciences wing. Staircase 7 serves the informal
meeting spaces on the First, Second and Third Floors.
Staircase 8.
This spiral staircase provides access between the First Floor Mini Forum and the Third Floor.
Staircase 9.
This spiral staircase is located within the atrium and serves the Second, Third and Fourth Floors.
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Showers.
Showers are available on floors as follows:
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Standard showers are located on the Ground Floor.
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Accessible showers are located on the Second and Fourth Floors.
See Floor Plans for locations.
The accessible showers incorporate the following:
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There is good manoeuvring space within the shower room.
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There is limited manoeuvring space within the shower cubicle.
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There are emergency call strips within the shower rooms at floor level.
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Doors to the shower rooms open inward.
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The width of the shower room doors is suitable for wheelchairs.
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There are suitable dropdown and support rails for transfer.
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There are folding seats within the shower cubicles.
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Coat hooks are located above an accessible height.
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The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
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The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
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Lighting levels are good.
Fourth Floor accessible shower image.
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Toilets.
Toilets are available on floors as follows:
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Standard Unisex toilets are located on all floors.
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Male and Female toilets are located on the Ground Floor.
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Accessible toilets are located on all floors.
See Floor Plans for locations.
The accessible toilets incorporate the following:
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There is right hand lateral transfer space on the Ground, First, Second, Third, Fourth and
Fifth Floors.
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There is left hand lateral transfer space on the Basement and Ground Floors.
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There is good manoeuvring space.
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There are emergency call strips.
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The majority of doors open inward.
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The width of the accessible toilet doors is suitable for wheelchairs.
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There are suitable dropdown and support rails for transfer.
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The tap type is lever operation.
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Coat hooks are located above an accessible height.
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The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
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The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
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Lighting levels are good.
Basement accessible toilet image.
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Room Directory.
Fifth Floor .
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Boardroom,
School Office Suite,
Toilets,
Meeting Rooms,
Mini Forum 2,
Roof Garden,
Fourth Floor.
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Roof Terrace,
Accessible Shower,
Toilets,
Wolfson Life Sciences Wing,
Hot Desk Area,
Informal Meeting Spaces,
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Third Floor .
Meeting Rooms,
Toilets,
Wolfson Life Sciences Wing,
Mini Forum 1,
Hot Desk Area,
Informal Meeting Spaces,
Second Floor .
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Meeting Rooms,
Accessible Shower,
Toilets,,
Wolfson Life Sciences Wing,
Informal Meeting Spaces,
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
First Floor .
Meeting Rooms,
Toilets,
Meeting Rooms,
Inspace Laboratory,
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Ground Floor.
Reception,
Toilets,
Basement Floor .
Th i s Fl oo r Comp ris es:
Perception Laboratory,
Eyetracking Laboratory,
Toilets,
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Floor Plans.
- The following s even pages contain building Floor Plans . This page contains the Bas ement Floor pLAN.
Basement Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Ground Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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First Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Second Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Third Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Fourth Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Fifth Floor Plan – Informatics Forum image.
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Opening Hours .
Informatics Forum,
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed
Closed
Please note that access to the building out with normal opening hours is limited to
selected staff and students.
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Contact Information.
Main Reception:
Telephone.
0131 651 5661
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Email address.
school-office@inf.ed.ac.uk
Building Manager:
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0131 650 4499
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Email address.
David.Hamilton@ed.ac.uk
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Transport & Parking:
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0131 650 91 01.
transport@ed.ac.uk
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University Switchboard:
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Email:
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0131 650 1000.
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Links.
University Homepage.
Campus Maps.
Transport & Parking.
City of Edinburgh Council Parking.
Bookable Rooms Guides.
Student Disability Service.
Informatics Home.
Informatics Evacuation Strategy.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH,
Informatics Forum,
June 2014
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