In 2011, the site of the former St. Brendan’s Mental Hospital in Grangegorman was granted Strategic Development Zone status. A new urban quarter is now slowly taking shape – as host to the biggest higher-education project in the history of the State. The Central and East Quads are the first large scale faculty buildings to be constructed on the site under a single public private partnership contract.
The Central Quad buildings will accommodate academic activities and facilities required for a total of ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, College of Engineering & Built Environment and the College of Arts & Tourism. These schools and their associated academic, teaching and specialist facilities will be grouped within the Central Quad to maximise the benefits and efficiencies to DIT from locating together related disciplines and functions such as wet & dry laboratories, the National Optometry Centre and specialist culinary arts training facilities. The gross internal floor area for the Central Quad will be approx. 36,000m².
The East Quad buildings will accommodate the majority of academic activities and facilities required for the College of Creative & Cultural Industries which currently consists of seven schools, five of which will be accommodated within the East Quad. The accommodation will include a 400-seat music performance hall, music, dance & drama performance & practice spaces and creative arts & media studios. The gross internal floor area for the East Quad will be approx. 16,000m².
The buildings for which exemplar designs were carried out are of a very significant scale and are accommodated on relatively modest sites with very high plot ratios achieved.
The services infrastructure within the sites was designed to deliver on the commitments set out in the Environmental Impact Statement attaching to the Planning Scheme.