Student Centre/Devere Hall Extension

The Student Centre, Aras na Mac Leinn became the hub of campus social life following its completion in late 1995. The success of the building resulted however in huge pressure on the facilities and an extension to the building was required. As part of the overall Master Plan it was envisaged that an extension would occur towards the Presidents Garden and be designed in conjunction with the Honan Square, the centrepiece of the Campus Environmental Plan. A survey undertaken in April 2000 determined the brief for the design team i.e. enhancement of the coffee shop and catering facilities, provide areas (rooms and restaurant) for open access PCs, facilitate movement of bookshop and banking facilities out of Boole Basement, provide two new large meeting rooms and provide a permanent home for the Students Union Offices. Following a major design review of the options available it was decided to adopt a scheme which involved the demolition of the Honan Biological Institute. The chosen scheme provides a new modern focus at the eastern end of the campus for student activity.

Project Team

Delivered by the UCC Capital Projects Team.

Design Team

O'Riordan Staehli (Architects)
VMRA (Mechanical & Electrical Engineers)
Ewbank Preece O'hEocha (Civil & Structural Engineers)
Bruce Shaw Partnership (Quantity Surveyors)


Pierce Contracting Ltd. (Main Contractor)
C.G. Services (Electrical Sub Contractor)
I.I.F (Mechanical Sub Contractors)
Duggan Bros. (Glazing Sub Contractors)


Commencing on site with demolition of external stairway to Aras na Mac Leinn and former Biochemistry and Plant Sciences Building in July/August 2002, the project cost was €8m and it was completed in January 2003.


For further information please contact the Director of Buildings and Estates at

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork