Update for week of 29 February 2016

A major step in the realisation of the new DIT campus at Grangegorman

This week, in conjunction with the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), DIT will take a major step towards the realisation of the new Grangegorman campus. 

As we prepare for construction of the new East and Central Quads, we are also preparing the ground for disposal of existing properties.  The first of these to be advertised for sale is our iconic Cathal Brugha Street building, currently home to the DIT Schools of Hospitality Management & Tourism; Culinary Arts and Food Technology; and Food Science & Environmental Health.   While it is our intention to seek a buyer for the building now, relocation to Grangegorman will not commence until the new facilities are fully completed, snagged and fitted out. The move is planned to take place in Autumn 2018.

In advance of this relocation, DIT Cathal Brugha Street celebrates its 75th anniversary during 2016, and a programme of exhibition, lectures and other events was launched on 19 February.  The Minister for Sport, Tourism and Transport, Pascal Donohoe officially launched the programme at a celebration event that was attended by hundreds of current and former staff members, as well as graduates who had studied in Cathal Brugha Street, from as early as the 1940’s right up to current times.

Speaking at the celebration, Professor Brian Norton said that the name Cathal Brugha Street had become a byword for excellence and innovation, in the core disciplines of culinary arts; tourism and hospitality; environmental health; and food science.  He said “The new purpose built facilities being developed at Grangegorman will enable us to continue to build on that history of excellence and the continuing success of our graduates, and while we will be leaving a much-loved building behind us we will bring that same commitment with us.”

Currently there are 1100 students and staff located on the Grangegorman campus.  The Greenway Hub, the new research and innovation facility on the campus, is complete and is currently being fitted out for occupation in the next few weeks.  That will be followed by the development of the new Central and East Quads and the relocation of students and staff from Cathal Brugha Street and Kevin Street, bringing the numbers on campus to over 10,000. The development will include supporting academic, recreational and sporting facilities.

The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is charged with the procurement and delivery of the new campus on behalf of DIT.  The sale of the landmark Cathal Brugha Street property will enable the GDA to continue the programme of development at Grangegorman and to ensure the delivery of a first rate educational campus for DIT which will also deliver on the regeneration of the north inner city and a new urban quarter for Dublin.

When completed, the Grangegorman campus will accommodate over 20,000 students and will include up to 2,000 student residences. The new campus is a unique international innovation hub for the Dublin region, with education, research and health facilities which will co-locate with industry, business incubation and community enterprise.

If you have any queries about what is planned to be developed on the Grangegorman campus please contact Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning – paul.horan@dit.ie