Skip to main content

Senior House

Dublin City University, GracePark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

View Accessibility Symbols

Accessibility Symbols

For more information about what these symbols mean, view our Accessibility Symbols Guide.

Close this popup window.

Access Guide

Show Easy Read

Introduction

Getting Here

Useful Information

Outside Access (Drumcondra Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Entrance (Drumcondra Building)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the Drumcondra Building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 190cm (6ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.

Outside Access (Stepped)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of the building.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 62cm (2ft).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the rear of the O'Donnell Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are O'Donnell, Chapel and Senior House.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 2 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 370cm x 480cm (12ft 2in x 15ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the All Hallows Campus.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the All Hallows Campus.
    • The nearest designated bay is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the O Donnell House Accessible Entrance.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the ground floor.
    • There is/are 6 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the lower area of the ground floor of Senior House from the accessible entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • This can be seen in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 6 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the middle area of the ground floor from the accessible entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • This can be seen in photograph 2.
    • There is/are 6 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the upper area of the ground floor.
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps can be seen in photograph 3.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • To access the John Hand Library and the International office there are two sets of heavy double doors. Beyond the doors to the left is a shallow step which has a height of 5cm and can be seen in photograph 4.
    • Beyond the doors to the right is a threshold which can be seen in photograph 5.
    • There is a steep slope leading to AHC SG08 which has a width of 132cm and can be seen in photograph 6.

Entrance (Garden)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the museum area leading to the chapel.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).

Reception (International Office)

  • International Office Reception is located in the middle area of the ground floor.
  • The desk is 35m (38yd 10in) from the Middle Lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

All Hallows Heritage Centre

  • The entrance has a width of 94cm, opens away from you and is permanently held open.
  • There are benches in this area.
  • The garden is located just off this area.
  • The chapel is located at the other end of the All Hallows Heritage Centre.
  • There is an interactive touchscreen in the All Hallows Heritage Centre with height between 70cm and 90cm.

Lift (Lower)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your left on entrance via the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The lift door is manual, light and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 78cm x 140cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The key for the lift can be located from the reception in the Drumcondra Building.
    • There is a small steep slope to access the lift which can be seen in photograph 3.
    • The door to access the lift is only present on the upper level and can be seen in photograph 4.

Lift (Middle)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance via the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 74cm x 140cm (2ft 5in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The key for the lift can be located from the reception in the Drumcondra Building.
    • There is a small steep slope to access the lift which can be seen in photograph 3.
    • The door to access the lift is only present on the upper level and can be seen in photograph 4.

Lift (Upper)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the end of the corridor to your right on entrance via the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the middle lift.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 88cm x 134cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 5in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The key for the lift can be located from the reception in the Drumcondra Building.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • The stairs are located near the John Hand Library.
    • The stairs are approximately 35m from the middle lift.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a separate set of the stairs to located in the upper area of the ground floor which can be seen in photograph 2. This goes to floors G, 1, 2.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the lower lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your left on exiting the lift on the lower level.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 163cm x 237cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 9in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to your left on exiting the lower lift.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 9m from the lower lift.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.