DIT President welcomes appointment of masterplanning team for Grangegorman development

Vision for 21st century campus to underpin development in Dublin city and region

Dublin, Monday 12 November 2007: The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton today welcomed the announcement of the appointment of masterplanners for the Grangeorman development. He said the announcement marked a very tangible step in what will be one of the most exciting projects in higher education in Europe which will see all of DIT moving to one campus in Dublin city centre.

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin TD with children from Stanhope Street National School at the gates of St. Brendan's Hospital Grangegorman

Following today's meeting of the Board of the Grangegorman Development Agency at which the masterplanning team was announced, Professor Norton said 'This is a major step towards realising the goal of developing a single campus for DIT as part of the overall Grangegorman project which will transform this part of the city.'

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin TD with Cyprian Brady TD; Dr. Noel O'Connor; Professor Brian Norton; and John Fitzgerald, Chairperson of the Grangegorman Development Agency

Since the government decision to create a new campus, DIT has undertaken extensive consultation with colleagues in all areas to develop the Institute's vision for this 21st century campus. In addition, DIT has met regularly with residents, community groups and businesses in the north inner city to explore their visions for the development. According to Professor Norton, 'This campus will be part of a unique city development. We have the opportunity to create an environmentally-sustainable, accessible campus that meets the needs of future students; that enhances the local area; that embodies an entrepreneurial culture; and that will play a significant part in driving the development of future prosperity in Dublin city and region. This student-centred campus will promote access and participation in higher education for traditional and non-traditional learners. It will facilitate interaction with the city and the surrounding communities and will create real opportunities for partnership in a wide range of areas from research to technology transfer and cultural engagement.'

Professor Brian Norton with James Mary O'Connor, MRY, and John Mitchell, DMOD who will lead the Masterplanning team

In particular Professor Norton welcomed the appointment of Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) to lead the masterplanning team. He said the team was chosen following an extensive international competition and their track record and experience in campus planning and in the development of urban community and health facilities made them an excellent choice. 'I look forward to working with the Moore Ruble Yudell team, and their Irish partners in this project, Duffy Mitchell O'Donoghue. It is a matter of pride that there are graduates of DIT's renowned School of Architecture among the Principals not only in the Irish team but also on the MRY team which is based in California. James Mary O'Connor, the team leader from MRY tells me he was born in Phibsboro, close to the Grangegorman site and indeed to his alma mater at DIT Bolton Street.'

The Masterplanners - James Mary O'Connor, MRY; John Mitchell and Ger Casey, DMOD, with DIT Campus Planning team, Dr. Noel O'Connor, Dr. Paul Horan and Ms Terry Prendergast

Currently DIT is located on six main campus sites around Dublin city centre. Professor Norton noted by locating all its activities on one campus DIT will be able to optimise opportunities for cross-disciplinary developments, both internally and with other partners including the HSE, Dublin City Council, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and state agencies including the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. 'This project, though, is not an end in itself - it is a means to ensuring that we can achieve our strategic goals. DIT celebrates 120 years of excellence in education in this academic year. This development will enable us to continue to fulfil our mission of serving educational, cultural, social and economic needs locally and nationally, with world-class facilities for students.'

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