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Next phase of development for DIT at Grangegorman

Posted: 16 June, 2015

The Grangegorman Development Agency has announced that planning applications have been submitted to Dublin City Council for two major academic buildings for DIT as the next stage of development of the Grangegorman campus. The applications will be considered under the site’s designation as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).

Central Quad cgi of internal quadrangle

The two new technologically‐advanced education buildings - the Central and East quads - will be developed via the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.  On completion, there will be 11,000 students and members of staff based on the campus, coinciding with the opening of the LUAS Cross‐city line, which will serve the campus.

The Central Quad will accommodate ten DIT schools from the Colleges of Science, Health, Arts & Tourism, and Engineering.  In addition to state of the art  teaching and learning facilities, it will also incorporate space for delivery of conferences with a particular emphasis on the Sciences. It will be located in the west of the Grangegorman campus and close to the North Circular Road entrance.

Central Quad cgi view from Academic Plaza

The East Quad will be a centre of excellence for Creative Arts; Media; the Conservatory of Music and Drama; and Social Sciences, Languages and Law.   Located close to the LUAS stop at Broadstone, it will provide opportunities for exhibitions, music and drama performances.   Alongside the Student Hub, it will give expression to the vision for the “Social and Cultural Heart” of the DIT Grangegorman campus, creating opportunities for the public to engage with activities in the new urban quarter

East Quad CGI view  from Broadstone gate

The overall Grangegorman Project will see the development of a unified campus for DIT, consolidating from 39 buildings originally onto a single site for the first time in its history.  DIT is one of the largest higher education institutions in the state, representing some 10% of all third level student places in Ireland. In partnership with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown, DIT is preparing to apply for designation as a Technological University for Dublin under new legislation to be brought forward shortly by Government.

A spokesperson for GDA said “In preparation for this next phase of the development, and through Government commitment and budgetary support under the 2012 Stimulus Programme, the GDA has worked to develop first class major site infrastructure and public realm over the past two years. The installation of this critical infrastructure is a prerequisite for the construction of the new Quads and has now been completed. These works contributed to the employment of up to 350 people on site last year, 20% of whom were from the local Grangegorman area. The work on the site infrastructure and the adaptive re‐use of six Protected Structures resulted in the first 1,000 DIT students on campus in September 2014.  The construction of the Central and East Quads will be a significant investment in education for students and on a wider context will open up the opportunity for local industry and research investment.”

East Quad view from Grangegorman Lower in the evening

Welcoming this next stage of the development, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said that progress on the campus since December 2013 has been extraordinary.  “The GDA has implemented the first stages of the Masterplan with great precision and attention to detail.  We have now completed our first academic year at Grangegorman, finishing with a spectacular Graduate Exhibition.  The Greenway Hub, funded by PRTLI and Enterprise Ireland, will be completed by January 2016 and will be home to the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) and to DIT Hothouse, our award winning technology transfer office.  We now look forward  to work beginning on the Central and East quads, and to welcoming the next 10,000 students on campus.”