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New doors to improve access to Marischal College
Disabled access to Marischal College is to be improved with the installation of new doors.
Work to replace the revolving doors at the main entrance to the listed building with a double set of curved sliding doors to improve wheelchair and electric buggy access to the building, as well as for prams and pushchairs, is due to begin on Monday [16 September].
Disabled access to the building is presently via push-pad side doors at the side of the main entrance, but these can be difficult for some wheelchair users to negotiate because of the proximity of a granite column and iron gate. The sliding doors will create an easier route into the building.
The work is expected to take up to a week to complete. Visitors to Marischal College can use the doors at either side of the revolving doors during this time.
Council leader Barney Crockett said: "Marischal College, as Aberdeen City Council's headquarters, is a building which most city residents will have to visit on occasion.
"Hundreds of people, including dignitaries and visitors to the city, pass through the building every day for a variety of reasons and it is essential that access is easy for all. We have listened to what people have been telling us about the difficulties they have experienced with the revolving doors and we are acting now to make entry easier."