FAQs about the Project

Further FAQs will be added in due course. If you have a question about the project not answered here please contact dssinfo@ucc.ie

Who was involved in the refurbishment of the Old College Bar into an accessible and autism-friendly calm space?

The layout of the new calm space was developed after consultation with students and staff through a number of focus groups and surveys. There were contributions from departments, offices and services across the university including:

  • Buildings and Estates (in particular the Capital Projects Office)
  • the Disability Support Service
  • the Department of Occupational Therapy 
  • the Students' Union


Special Thanks and Acknowledgments:


  • Lorenzo Cammonaresi and others from Butler Cammonaresi (as the architects for this project) 


  • Linda Horgan from the Department of Occupational Therapy for her valuable contributions as an specialist in environmental design for specific needs


  • The Student's Union; in particular Kelly Coyle (Deputy SU President 18-19) and Ciara Kealy (Deputy SU President 19-20)


  • and most importantly our student contributors who gave their time to attend focus groups, take part in sensory audits and share feedback on the design and layout of the space


Will this space be fully accessible?

Accessibililty has been a key consideration throughout the design of this space. There has been consideration of autism-friendly design principles (further information available here) but the space has also be considered from the perspective of wheelchair users, blind and vision-impaired people as well as those with significant ongoing illnesses.

For example, there is a lift to ensure full accessibility to all of the spaces within the building, the 'turning circle' of a power wheelchair has been considered throughout the design, and flooring has been chosen to provide sufficient contrast in colour and texture for blind or vision-impaired users of the space.

Autism Friendly University Initiative

Tionscnamh Ollscoile a Thacaíonn le hUathachas

Disability Support Service, The Hub,