Planning scheme for DIT Campus at Grangegorman approved

Green Light for first Strategic Development Zone in Dublin City

14th May, 2012: An Bord Pleanála today gave approval for the planning scheme for the new Grangegorman urban quarter in Dublin 7. The development, which will incorporate a major education and health campus, as well as sport, recreation and other public amenities, is the first to be approved as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in Dublin City.

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Mr. Michael Hand, CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), said the decision reflects the significance of the Grangegorman site and the surrounding area. Strategic Development Zone designation is available only to major projects which are deemed to have national social and economic importance.

He said “This project will have a transformative effect on the city of Dublin, as well as contributing an employment stimulus to the construction industry in particular. It was important that the overall development was agreed from the outset to ensure that it is in keeping with the Development Plan for the city and so that everyone knew exactly what would be built on site.”

He continued Today’s decision provides a planning framework for the development of this 73 acre site into the future and will contribute significantly to regeneration in this part of Dublin’s city centre.”

The development will incorporate health facilities, a primary school, a public library and other amenities. It will become home to Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), ultimately bringing over 20,000 students and staff to the campus.

President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said “DIT is part of the fabric of Dublin city and we work closely with the communities around us. It is very important to us that our new campus will not only provide a leading edge educational environment for DIT students, but that it also contributes to the development of the city and its economy. Our primary role is to develop graduates who will contribute to building Ireland’s future and this news is very positive for our future graduates.”

Professor Norton congratulated the GDA, the Agency charged with realising this vital regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city, and the excellent design team of Moore Ruble Yudell and DMOD. He said “The quality of this project has been recognised by a number of major international awards already, including an Honour Award conferred by the American Institute of Architects just this week. Approval of the planning scheme ensures that the plan can be realised.”

Michael Hand said that following the An Bord Pleanála decision the project was now “shovel ready” and he was delighted to be able to say that an enabling programme of work can now start on site almost immediately.

He said “the first tranche of work on site will include significant refurbishment of protected structures to bring them into educational use. While any stimulus in the construction sector is to be welcomed, the nature of this work is more labour intensive than new build and therefore delivers a bigger employment dividend, estimated at 500 man years. It is also very important work for the integrity of the site – the best way to preserve historic buildings is to occupy them!”

Work is currently underway on construction of new mental health facilities on the North Circular Road side of the site and this is due to be finished by the end of this year. The next scheduled ‘new build’ will be the PRTLI-funded Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) and a design team has just been appointed. EHSI is a DIT-led initiative, in collaboration with Dublin City Council and the HSE, which aims to ‘develop practical solutions to environmental health problems’.

For further information see http://www.dit.ie/about/grangegorman

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