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Bute Building

Photograph of the Bute Building  Photograph of the side entrance into the Bute Building from the car park 




Vehicular Access

Bute Building is located on King Edward VII Avenue (click here to view a map of Cathays).  Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB

There is level access from the road to the front of the building, at the entry points to the building forecourt.  The car park can be accessed from Kind Edward VII Avenue.



Pedestrian Access



Parking Information

Disabled parking bays


The car park is accessed from King Edward VII Avenue

Entry into the car park is through a security barrier, operated with a University identification card

The card reader is accessible and can be accessed whilst seated in the car

There are two designated accessible parking bays in front of the side entrance to the building

To reserve a parking space in advance telephone Bute Building reception on 029 2087 6097.  Please provide the following details: car registration, date and purpose of visit.  Temporary parking permits will be issued and entry through the security barrier can be arranged.  Please inform the porter if you require assistance.

There is public street parking along King Edward VII Avenue very close to the Bute Building.  Blue Badge holders can park in any of these spaces free of charge.



Main Entrance

A photograph of the accessible front entrance to the Bute Building


There is level access from the pavement to the front of the Bute Building

There is a very shallow, short slope (1/12) at the main entrance doors

There are two sets of double doors to enter the building, both of which are automated (doors open away from you)


Side Entrance

Photograph of the side entrance into the Bute Building from the car park  Photograph of the side entrance door and card reader to the Bute Building


This is the accessible side entrance and the 24 hour access door to the Bute Building

This entrance is accessible from the car park

The accessible parking bays are located in front of the side entrance

There is a shallow ramp leading to the door

There is restricted access to this entrance for security purposes

A validated University identification card is required to open this door.  Contact your tutor, manager or event coordinator if you require access through this door.  

The card reader is located to the left and set back from the door, which is automated (opens towards you)

To exit out of this door, press the green button to the left of the door



The reception desk is located at the main entrance, on the right

The reception is fitted with an induction loop.  Please use the 'T' setting on your hearing device to use the loop



Toilet Facilities

Accessible unisex toilets are located on the first and second floors

The first floor toilet (room number 1.62) is located in the landing area, opposite the library entrance

The second floor toilet (room number 2.51) is located in the landing area.




There is one lift in the Bute Building which accesses the lower ground, upper ground, first and second floors

The lift is located to the right at the main entrance, just past the reception desk



First Floor Restricted Access

There is full access from the lift and the stairs to the accessible toilet, Birt Acres Lecture Theatre and the Bute Library entrance. 

All other areas on the first floor have restricted access for security purposes

There are four sets of double doors with restricted keypad access


Photograph of the keypad activated doors on the first floor in the Bute Building  Photograph of the keypad which activates the restricted doors


A code is required to open these doors, which can be obtained from the Bute Library (029 2087 4611) or your tutor

When the code has been entered the doors will open automatically

Keypads are positioned 1100mm above the floor

Keypads are located at least 2.5 meters away from the doors if they doors open automatically towards you

Keypads are located close to the doors if the doors open automatically away from you

Please note that the code is changed periodically for security purposes

A plan highlighting the location of each keypad activated door is available as a pdf at the top right of this page




Coffee Shop

Photograph of the coffee shop entrance in the Bute Building  Bute Refectory


The Bute Building has an accessible coffee shop on the ground floor, located opposite the main entrance.  


Emergency Evacuation

The emergency exit route is clearly labelled (the green running man).  Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the exits and exit routes.   

If you think you might require assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation, you must arrange a Personalised Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) as soon as possible.  Students must contact their School Disability Contact to arrange a PEEP.  Staff will need to contact their School / Division Disability Contact or manager to arrange a PEEP.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to inform the relevant person that you require a PEEP to be set up.

In an emergency evacuation the lifts must not be used.  For anyone unable to safely evacuate using the stairs, there are safe refuge points located in every stair well on each upper floor.  Refuge points are sign posted.  When at the refuge point, you must use the phones, which go directly to Security when picked up.  You must inform Security of your location and that you require assistance.  Security will communicate information to you in relation to what is happening and reassure you.  You must remain in the refuge area until advised otherwise or someone comes to your assistance.  Refuge points are located such as to provide a safe area for at least 30 minutes in the event of a real fire.  



Lower Ground Floor: Accessible side entrance / 24 hour access door.  Pool Rooms and offices

Upper Ground Floor: Main entrance, reception and coffee shop.  School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies Office.

First Floor: Bute Library.  Accessible Toilet.  Pool Rooms and offices

Second Floor: Architecture Library.  Accessible Toilet.  Pool Rooms and offices


Pool Rooms

Pool rooms are centrally booked teaching rooms.  Click on the links below for accessibility information.

Lecture Theatre 0.14

Lecture Theatre 0.53

Lecture Theatre 1.40

Lecture Theatre 1.50

Birt Acres Lecture Theatre 1.61

Lecture Theatre 2.28

Lecture Theatre 2.32


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