Bolton Street – exploiting the full potential

19th April 2012: Coinciding with the centenary of the Bolton Street building, two DIT graduates of Architecture have completed a feasibility study of the DIT building at Bolton Street. Kieran Donnellan and Paul O' Brien have been working on the study for four months and have created varying scales of intervention which exploit the full potential of the Bolton Street site and surrounds. They have created an exhibition of their work which is now on public display in Bolton Street until early May.

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According to Donnellan and O’Brien, “Interventions begin on the smallest scale with a new colour and signage scheme. Part of this plan has already been implemented in the Bolton Street entrance lobby, and marks a big improvement over the previous condition.  The largest scale of intervention is the highly ambitious introduction of a new ten storey library building in the existing car-park, an urban move aimed at future-proofing the site and allowing DIT the extra floor space needed to accommodate a central northside library facility.”

Some of the initial work was completed in time for the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to mark the centenary, including the refurbishment of the entrance hall, now showing off to advantage the plasterwork on the ceiling and the marble floor which features several different indigenous marbles.

The feasibility study is on display on the stage area of the main student concourse and everyone is invited to view it and offer feedback. An accompanying exhibition that celebrates the centenary of Bolton Street, also prepared by Donnellan & O'Brien, is also on view and features very interesting historical photographs as well as a display of the contemporary activities relating to each discipline offered in the Bolton Street campus in engineering, built environment, and printing.

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