Update for week of 31 May 2016


‌O’Donnell+Tuomey to lead design team for Academic Hub at Grangegorman

DIT Campus Planning is delighted to announce that an integrated design team, led by architects O’Donnell + Tuomey has been appointed to design the new Academic Hub for DIT. The Academic Hub will encompass a single new library to serve all on the Grangegorman site, as well as the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC), some student facing services such as careers, and workspace for a number of functional areas, including the Office of the President. The integrated design team includes Fluid Structures as civil and structural engineers, Delap & Waller as mechanical and electrical engineers, Duffy Gaffney Partnership as quantity surveyors, ArcDOX  as BIM specialists and other specialist consultants.

As part of Group 91 O’Donnell + Tuomey were involved in the redevelopment of Temple Bar.  The practice became widely known for their Irish Film Centre and the Gallery of Photography, including the former facilities for DIT Photography, for which they won the Downes Medal in 1992 and 1996 respectively.  They have designed a number of notable buildings, including the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at  UCC, the GMIT Furniture College at Letterfrack, the Centre for Research into Infectious Diseases at UCD, the Ranelagh Multidenominational School, which won the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal in 2005, and the Lyric Theatre (Belfast).  O’Donnell+Tuomey are actively working on the redevelopment of the Central European University in Budapest, which incorporates a series of historic buildings within a World heritage site. Five of their projects have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize including their London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Students' Centre in 2014.  They were awarded the Royal Gold medal in 2015 by RIBA.

The Academic Hub will complement and support the development of the Central and East Quads. Although progress on the Quads has been delayed due to legal action, considerable effort is been expended to resolve outstanding issues and it is hoped to recommence active engagement shortly.

Meanwhile the Greenway Hub has been completed and the first groups of graduate research students have moved into the ESHI labs. More students will relocate from various locations across DIT in the coming weeks. The Hothouse team will also shortly relocate elements of the New Frontiers programme and are actively marketing office suites to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Work on the development of the first phase of student accommodation is well advanced. This will consist of ~650 student bedrooms in cluster apartments of 6 to8 beds with shared communal dining and living space. A range of student facing services are proposed at ground floor level including dining, a student centre including bar and venue, and an initial element of indoor sports. Three teams have been short-listed to bid and the detailed tender documentation is nearing completion.

The campus will play host to UNCOVER, this year’s Graduate Art and Design Exhibition, which opens at 6.30 pm on Thursday 02 June and runs until Saturday 11 June. The recently installed sculpture The Axe by Alice Maher, on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, is also worth a look. With summer sunshine beaming down the Grangegorman Park is open to all and worth a visit.