Info date: April 2013.
This page describes the “back way in” to Science City a.k.a. the Science Area, past the Cripps Computing Centre.
This is a reasonable route for walking or cycling from the North Entrance into Science City, and for dropping people off by car if they can’t walk as far as the main car park. You’ll only be able to park round here if you have either a Blue Badge or a parking permit from the University.
|Map||Blue Badge space north of Tower, on OpenStreetMap.|
To start off, you’ve come in by the North Entrance (see separate page) and taken the left fork past the hut.
Initially, keep heading towards the Tower Building. When you’ve gone across the junction, there’s a green sign (circled in pic). Turn right there.
That sign, a bit closer. In fact, the signs for Tower Building guide you well all the way round this route, although sometimes you’re not pointing directly at the Tower.
Down the hill from that signpost. Pic shows just a glimpse of dark red windowframes on the right; after that building, you turn left.
The left turn is just before the car park.
After that turn, cars split from pedestrians and cyclists.
The building on the left with the double vertical ridges is part of Cripps Computing Centre. Car drivers will turn left again just after it.
Cyclists and pedestrians should not take the left turn, but carry straight on: that’ll take you into the middle square of Science City, where you’ll see the ESLC on your left. There is bike parking in the square.
(Cyclists and pedestrians can stop reading this page now. Car drivers, please read on.)
That same left turn: this pic also shows the end of the next building along, a useful landmark because it’s white.
And the same turning again, showing the sign for Cripps Computing Centre South Building.
Go straight on to the end here, between the Cripps CC building and the white one.
At the end, you’ll turn right, following this sign to Tower Building:
This brings you through to a car park. It’s probably the most maze-like bit of this route! But in fact you’re nearly there: just bear left across the car park… (arrow shows where you’re headed…)
And as you bear left across the car park, the tower will come into view, showing you the section where you can get closest to it.
The Blue Badge space is in the far right hand corner of this car park section.
The Blue Badge space. You can see the back end of the Engineering & Science Learning Centre round the corner.
A slightly bumpy path takes you round the corner…
This pic shows roughly how far you still need to walk / wheel, to get to the front of the ESLC. It’s about 100 metres.