News Archive

News Archive

April 2013

19th April 2103 - Broadstone Gate

The Broadstone Gate Part 8 Planning Notice was published by Dublin City Council in today’s Irish Times. This is a significant Grangegorman project milestone and is the culmination of 2 years of preparation led by the GDA. The image from Dublin City Council (link below) shows the proposed dramatic public plaza opposite the Kings Inns, which will provide access to the campus from August 2017.

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17th April 2013 - UK Visitors

Lord Green, UK Minister for Trade and Investment, paid a visit to the new campus.  He was accompanied by the British Ambassador to Ireland, HE Dominick Chilcott, and by some UK companies with an interest in the potential of the campus for their business sectors.  Professor Brian Norton gave a short presentation on the development and answered questions about opportunities for investment and for raising awareness among the British business community about the project, including the science park. Lord Green was in Ireland to attend an EU Ministers for Trade meeting as part of the Irish EU Presidency, 

15th April 2013 - Video featuring Grangegorman

Rod MacAllister, of Sheppard Robson Architects (of the Technical Advisor team on the East and Central Quad PPP projects), has recently made an interesting video on adaptive re-use of buildings for universities.  The video includes six major projects internationally, including DIT Grangegorman – and it features our own Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning.    Click here to view:  http://youtu.be/zKGDblgNwbg

12th April 2013 - Planning Approval and Tendering

The GDA has confirmed that Dublin City Council has granted the planning applications for the following elements of the DIT Grangegorman Campus Development:

  • Demolition and Public Realm
  • Adadaptive Reuse (Structure 17, 19, 20 & 22)
  • Adaptive Reuse (Structure 8)
  • Environmental Health and Sciences Institute Building (EHSI)

The demolition works have been divided into two phases, the first of which is nearing the end of the tender process. This phase will commence in early May 2013. The second phase will commence in June 2013 and it is planned that all of the demolition works will be completed in September this year. 

The other works in the public realm element are currently in the final design phase prior to tendering. The construction works in the Adaptive Reuse and EHSI elements are now in the tendering phase and will commence construction in August and September 2013.

March 2013

28th March 2013 - Legal Advisors appointed for PPP project

As part of the Public Private Partnership development of the Central and East Quads in Grangegorman The National Development Finance Agency has appointed Eversheds as Legal Advisor following a call-off competition from a framework of five legal firms.

19th March 2013 - Business Briefing and Networking Event @ DIT Grangegorman

On Tuesday 19th of March 2013, the first business briefing and corporate networking event was held in the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Launched by DIT Campus Life and hosted by the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, this event brought together staff and local businesses, members from the DIT Corporate Partnership Network and the Graduate Network. Further details here.

Plans for Grangegorman campus accelerate

  • DIT welcomes government support for city centre campus development
  • Project delivers consolidation of higher education; employment; and urban regeneration

17th July 2012: Plans for the consolidation of DIT at Grangegorman gathered momentum today, following the Government announcement that funding will be made available for significant work to commence this summer as part of the economic stimulus package. By September 2014, over 1400 DIT students and staff will be located on the new city centre campus, and a total of 10,000 relocated by 2017.

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Welcoming the announcement the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said he was delighted that real progress can now take place. “Today’s exciting announcement means we can move quickly to make this project a reality. There have been a number of false starts and disappointments before now, but that has meant that an intensive level of detailed planning has taken place and as a result we are absolutely ready to break ground today. Within two years we will have created the nucleus of the new campus with art, design, social science and the environmental health research institute leading the way. Over the following four years we will bring together all of our sciences and health provision as well as media and law, tourism and culinary arts. A significant part of our engineering provision will also move, bringing it closer to other engineering and built environment programmes that will continue to be based in Bolton Street.”

Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning for DIT, said that within a matter of weeks work will start on listed buildings on the site. “We will be starting work on the refurbishment of some of the Victorian buildings on the site, bringing them into educational use and enabling us to vacate some buildings that are no longer fit for purpose. As well as consolidating significant DIT activities on one site, this initial work will create valuable employment as refurbishment is labour-intensive and requires skilled craftspeople. It is also very exciting to see regeneration on this historic site which will breathe new life into the surrounding neighbourhoods.”

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In addition to providing core educational facilities for students of Art, Design and Social Sciences, the initial development will also include library, cafeteria, student support and recreation space. The sports grounds will be further enhanced, and will continue to be available to local schools and clubs, as well as to DIT sports clubs.

The recent decision of An Bord Pleanála to give approval for Strategic Designation Zone (SDZ) for the Grangegorman project has meant that the development is not only ‘shovel ready’ but also is not at risk from changes to the award-winning strategic plan. Overall, the project will deliver significant employment over the lifetime of construction and occupation, and will contribute greatly to encouraging businesses to open in the area. It also opens up a public resource that has been closed off for two hundred years. As the only ‘green lung’ in the north inner city, the redeveloped site will be an invaluable amenity for local people as well as for students and staff of DIT and the HSE.

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Next steps

Mr. Michael Hand, Chief Executive of the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) said “The project is already well underway with a new replacement Mental Health Facility due for completion on site by the end of this year. As well as new build, however, we also have a responsibility to preserve and enhance the historic buildings. The best way to do this is to use them, so we are beginning that work now.” According to Hand, the next ‘new build’ on the campus will commence in 2013. “We have already appointed a design team to move ahead with the first new DIT building which will be for the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI). Work will start on that next year”, he said. EHSI is the PRTLI-funded Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) which is a collaborative venture between DIT, HSE, Dublin City Council, and University of Ulster, and a number of supporting institutional partners.

Work will also commence imminently on developing the infrastructure to support the future development of the complete site which will eventually accommodate over 20,000 students and staff.

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DIT welcomes Luas Broombridge announcement

Dublin, 03 August 2012: Today’s announcement from An Bord Pleanála, granting a Railway Order for a new Luas line running from St. Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, will ensure an additional and vital transport link to the new unified DIT campus at Grangegorman and a direct one-stop link to the DIT sports facilities at Broombridge, according to the President of DIT.

Welcoming the announcement, Professor Brian Norton said “This is a really important piece of city infrastructure and will underpin the development of the new DIT city-centre campus that will be only two Luas stops from O’Connell Street. Our students and staff currently are significant users of public transport, based as we are in the heart of the city. The whole campus is being developed on principles of sustainability and transport links are key. The new Luas line will provide a link from the existing Green Line in the south and the Red Line in the west of the city, directly to DIT at Broadstone, as well as linking to mainline rail on the Maynooth line. Integrating transport links in this way makes good sense, offers people options, encourages greater use of public transport and will be a major addition to Dublin city.

Last month the Government announced that the development of the DIT campus at Grangegorman is to be accelerated, with the first 1000 students commencing their studies there in September 2014, and ultimately accommodating over 20,000 students and staff. Work begins next month on the redesign and restoration of a number of historic buildings on the site which will be brought back into use and given a new lease of life.

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PROPOSED LINK TO DIT GRANGEGORMAN

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Stop with link to DIT campus – maintains Dublin Bus link

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DIT Access and Civic Engagement team moves to Grangegorman

25th July 2012:  The full DIT Access and Civic Engagement (ACE) team has arrived on the Grangegorman campus – the first full operational unit to move their offices on to the new campus.

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ACE team pictured together in their new Grangegorman home

Known as ACE for short, the name is an appropriate description for all this team does! Led by Julie Bernard, the team works on a wide range of projects, including with students, schools and community partners in the Dublin 7 region.  Based in their new offices they will plan to build on their activities in the area. Last year for example, the team was involved in the following activities with Dublin 7 partners:

  • Students Learning With Communities  is a programme that supports DIT staff, students, and community partners collaborating on course-based projects for mutual benefit.  In the last year they worked on community-based research projects with voluntary organisations based in the Carmichael Centre in Dublin 7 (including the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland,  Care Alliance Ireland, AMEN and CanTeen); learning and research projects in five different disciplines with Wells for Zoe – a Dublin 7-based Irish/Malawian charity; and with Lifeline, an urban regeneration project based in Grangegorman. 
  • The Access Service supports students in the schools and community in the Grangegorman area including Mount Carmel Secondary School, St Paul’s CBS Brunswick St and St Joseph’s Secondary School Stanhope Street, including academic support, college taster programmes, higher education information programmes and individual and family support for students applying to higher education.  Thirty-two students from Dublin 7 came through the Access Service last year and are now studying in DIT on undergraduate programmes including Computer Science, Business Management, Mechanical Engineering and Social Care.   The Access Service is also active at primary level and recently hosted an awards ceremony  in DIT Aungier Street for students nominated by their teachers for their high level of achievement in academic, sporting or community service endeavours.  They included sixty 5th and 6th class students attending inner-city Dublin primary schools including Scoil Mhuire Iosaf,  St Mary's Place Boys National School, Stanhope St National School,  St Gabriel’s National School, St Paul’s Primary and George's Hill Primary.
  • Mature Student Access Programme is also very active in Dublin 7 and seven students from the area will start their studies on the foundation programme in September.  Ten students from the area graduated successfully from the programme this year and will begin their undergraduate studies at DIT in September. 
  • Computer Learning in Communities (CLiC) programme aims to encourage people to improve their ICT skills and their employment potential.  The programme provides hardware, software, technical support, training courses and tutors to a number of centres in the city, including three in the Dublin 7 areas - Holy Family Parish Centre, Prussia Street; The Gateway Project, Manor Street; and O’Devaney Gardens.  In addition, the programme works with primary and secondary schools such as St. Paul’s, Brunswick Street; George’s Hill, Halston Street; and St. Joseph’s, Stanhope Street.  CLiCmobile has also been developed to reach out to the elderly, homeless, unemployed and youth at risk and to offer computer-based courses to them also.

While very active in the Dublin 7 communities, the ACE team is also involved in other areas of Dublin, including in Ballymun.  The Ballymun Music Programme has been a long-running and highly successful partnership between DIT and local schools in Ballymun, providing instrumental tuition and ensemble opportunities in the recently opened Music Room.  Tuition begins at primary level and continues up to leaving certificate and third level.

Dr. Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Services in DIT, said “I am really delighted to welcome the entire ACE team to Grangegorman.  Now that they have settled in to their new offices on campus, they are right at the heart of DIT and will be making sure that access and civic engagement play a significant role in the development of our future campus.  With strong connections already established in the Dublin 7 community, they will work closely with the Grangegorman Development Agency in its community liaison role, and with Anne Casey, Employment Co-ordinator with the Labour and Learning Group, which includes DIT, GDA, VEC, DCC, HSE and the North West Inner City Network.”

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Pictured left to right, Michael Hand, CEO of Grangegorman Development Agency, Julie Bernard, Head, DIT Access and Community Engagement, and Paul Horan, Head, Campus Planning in DIT.

 

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New DIT City Centre Campus at Grangegorman

Grangegorman Campus Project receives AIA Award

18th May 2012 Washington: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced their ‘honours’ list earlier this year, and the Grangegorman campus project was chosen from 700 submissions to receive an Honour Award for Excellence in Urban Planning.  The Award ceremony took place in Washington DC on May 18th during the AIA National Convention. 

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The Award was presented to the California-based architectural firm Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) and the lead architect on the project James Mary O’Connor.  James is himself a graduate of DIT, and a native of Phibsboro, Dublin 7 – close to the campus site at Grangegorman.

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In recognition of the fact that a major Irish project had won such a prestigious award, and that the architect is himself a proud Dublin man, the Irish Ambassador to the USA, Michael Collins hosted a reception at the Embassy to coincide with the award ceremony.  Those attending the reception included DIT graduates based in the Washington area or adjacent states, as well as many great friends of Ireland.  Ambassador Collins took the opportunity to speak about Ireland’s ambitions for economic recovery.  He highlighted the role of international educational exchange in supporting that aim and complimented the work of DIT in building links with institutions in the USA to encourage US students to study in Ireland.

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Speaking to the graduates present Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, said “I am always delighted to meet DIT graduates wherever I travel and to hear about the career paths they have forged and their professional achievements.  You are great ambassadors for DIT and we hope you will stay in touch with us.”   For the other guests present he described DIT as one of Ireland’s largest higher education institutions, practice-led while informed by research, and he spoke about the plans for Grangegorman.  “This project is exciting, not only for the future of DIT but also for the city of Dublin, and has the potential to create a significant job stimulus at this difficult time.  It will play an important role in the regeneration of the north-west quarter of our city which in some ways is the city’s missing link.”  Referring to the recent decision by An Bord Pleanála, he said “The designation of the development as a Strategic Development Zone by the planning authorities underlines its significance and I would like to pay tribute to my colleague Michael Hand, CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency for the work the GDA has done to deliver this award-winning plan.”

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The author of the Award, James Mary O’Connor also spoke, explaining the vision for the project and how the masterplan for the unique Grangegorman site will  open up a part of the city that has been closed for two hundred years.  Using the visual of the plan, he described the topography of the site which, although in the historic core of the city, is elevated to permit views of the Dublin mountains.  He said that while the site will retain the richness of its landscape, and historic buildings will be restored, it will have an entirely new lease of life that will include community access as well as health and education.

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The presentation of the Award took place at the Convention Centre, where more than 16,000 delegates were in attendance, and the ceremony was broadcast throughout the Centre. 

To view the presentation please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pclyYO13qec

To view the interview please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2eKgl6UhKfY#!

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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 https://www.dit.ie/about/grangegorman

Find out more about the Grangegorman Masterplan


Surveys and Investigative Works

23rd April 2012

Following the formal signing-over of a significant tranche of the Grangegorman site to the GDA, enabling works may now begin in earnest.  Many of the historic buildings on site will be incorporated into the new campus.  The first step is that a number of surveys and investigative works will be carried out over the coming weeks and months in the buildings listed below, in the following order:

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Surveys on most of the remaining structures will follow once the above investigations have been completed. The illustration below shows the locations on site of these buildings:

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Awards

20th April 2012

Following on from the American Institute of Architects Award in January, the Grangegorman Masterplan has just been announced as the recipient of yet another international accolade. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) has just announced the Masterplan as the winner in their 2012 Honour Award Programme.


Campus Planning Team - Meeting Summary Friday 20th April 2012

DIT Access & Civic Engagement Service – Community Links

The service will relocate to Grangegorman on 18/19th May 2012.  Work has commenced on converting current space in the GDA/DIT building to office accommodation for the team. 

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Room 7, Grangegorman – new home for the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Service – Community Links, pictured before renovation works began, April 2012 

The DIT Property & Facilities and Buildings Offices are working hard with Information Services and Campus Planning, to ensure the move is as seamless as possible, considering this is a very busy time of year for Community Links and continuity of service is vital.  Their phone numbers will remain the same, which should be helpful.  It is planned to re-use as much of their existing furniture as possible.

EHSI (Environmental Health Sciences Institute):

Work is also progressing on the brief for the new EHSI (Environmental Health Sciences Institute) building, a research building for which PRTLI V funding has been ring-fenced.

Short-listing in the tender process for an integrated design team is complete and appointment of a team is expected this month.


Grangegorman Masterplan wins major international award

13th January 2012: The Grangegorman Masterplan has won a major international architectural award for excellence in urban design. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just announced the 2012 recipients of its Institute Honor Awards and, from over 700 submissions, has chosen the Grangegorman Masterplan as one of just 27 projects throughout the world to be honoured with this prestigious award.

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Each year, the AIA makes its Institute Honor Awards to reflect the highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in three categories – architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. The Grangegorman Masterplan - designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, with their Irish partners on the project, DMOD – receives the Honor Award for excellence in Regional & Urban Design. In their endorsement of the project, the Jury commented that:

“This project presents an impressively comprehensive approach to site planning, with clear and systematic design strategies. The adaptive reuse of the historic existing buildings appears to be very successful.

Welcoming the announcement, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said “This Award is a fitting tribute to the very excellent design team, led by US-based Moore Ruble Yudell, (MRY) and DMOD who are based here in Dublin. I would like to particularly thank and congratulate James Mary O’Connor of MRY and John Mitchell of DMOD who led the design team, and my own colleagues in DIT for their immense contribution in developing the brief and communicating the vision for this important project.”

The Awards will be presented at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. in May of this year, bringing further international attention to the Grangegorman campus project.

For more details see the American Institute of Architects website at http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB092575


Planning Scheme for the Grangegorman Site

24th November 2011

In 2010 the Government approved the designation of the Grangegorman site as a Strategic Development Site (SDZ).  On Monday 25th July, 2011, Dublin City Council elected members voted to adopt the draft Planning Scheme for the Grangegegorman Site, subject to a number of small changes.

View Grangegorman Strategic Development Zone Draft Planning Scheme

However a small number of local residents and residents representatives have appealed this plan to An Bord Pleanala. The oral hearing on the draft plan took place in November 2011.   A decision of the Bord is expected in March 2012.


Government confirms commitment to DIT Grangegorman Project

10th November 2011

Following the government announcement at lunchtime today regarding expenditure on capital projects in the forthcoming budget, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)  has welcomed the confirmation by Minister Howlin that Grangegorman remains a priority project for the government. 

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT,  said “There is no doubt that we are disappointed by the reduction in exchequer support in the short term.  However, we welcome Minister Howlin’s support for the project overall, and the fact that he has confirmed that PPP projects will continue to be supported.  A key element of the funding and delivery strategy for the Grangegorman Development is that it has been designed around a range of flexible building packages to match available funding.  Exchequer funding is one important element but other essential funding for the project arises from leveraging savings on the rent-roll for existing properties, sale of DIT-owned properties, PPP bundles and privately funded elements through philanthropy.”

The President and the Campus Planning team in DIT will be working closely with the Grangegorman Development Agency and with colleagues in  the Department of Education and Skills, the HEA and with the NDFA to tease out the  best way to re-engineer the sequencing of this vital development until capital budgets are reinstated.  The current Grangegorman strategy envisages  two major PPP packages on the campus and these would not require any major capital funding until 2016 and thereafter would be paid over a 25 - 30year timeframe.  Work will continue advancing these elements.

Professor Norton said he wanted to reaffirm DIT’s commitment to the project.  “The overall Grangegorman project is a very significant means to an end for DIT which is one of the largest institutions in the country, representing some 10% of all students in higher education in Ireland, but it will also be highly significant for the city as a whole.  It will be the first education and health campus to be developed in this country; it will serve the wider interests of the community in the north-west inner city; it will be a hub for enterprise and research; and it will be a significant urban development that is strongly supported by Dublin City Council and the business community.”   He said he was very pleased that the Grangegorman Development Agency is mandated to continue in its remit of delivering the campus development on behalf of DIT and HSE.  Commenting on transport measures confirmed in today’s announcement,  he said “We are also very pleased that the Luas link-up and extension to Broombridge will proceed as this will facilitate access for students to the campus from all directions.”

For further information on the project please visit https://www.dit.ie/about/grangegorman/ and the Grangegorman Development Agency website at www.ggda.ie


Review of Grangegorman SDZ

1st May 2012

The Grangegorman SDZ (Strategic Development Zone) which covers the Masterplan, was reviewed by An Bord Planeala at an oral hearing in November 2011.  The Bord is currently considering the SDZ and is expected to announce its decision within the next few weeks.

Construction on the replacement Mental Health Facility is progressing well, as can be seen from the photo below.  Once this is ready for occupation by HSE, they will move out of buildings they currently occupy on site, which leaves them free for GDA/DIT to proceed with our plans.

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HSE replacement Mental Health Facility – March 2012



21.08.2011

Ms. Anne Casey has been appointed as Coordinator of Employment, Education & Training for the Grangegorman Development.  This is a welcome step forward. Ms. Casey has significant experience in Training, Development and Stakeholder Interaction.  Tel: 01.867.6122 or anne.casey@ggda.ie 

25.07.2011

Another great milestone.  Dublin City Council elected members voted to adopte the Planing Scheme for the Grangegorman Site.  The Planning Scheme with amendments agreed by members will be available for inspection in the Dublin City Council offices from 3rd August, 2011. 

29.04.2011

Notice of the display of the Grangegorman Strategic Development Zone Draft Planning Scheme, Environmental Report & Appropriate Assessment Screening Report click

05.04.2011

Launch of DIT developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity Programme 

The Sport and Recreation Service officially launched the ‘DIT Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ Programme on Tuesday 29th March 2011 at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The DIT Sport and Recreation Service in partnership with Dublin City Council established the ‘DIT Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ programme after receiving part-funding from the DIT Foundation Office in 2010.  The programme aims to promote and encourage the involvement and higher integration of women in sport at all levels whether as a participant in sport and physical activity, a coach or official in sport, or developing women’s active leadership in student sports clubs or local community sports organisations. There are currently 6 DIT students and 8 members of the wider community participating in a wide range of workshops and modules designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead sport and physical activity sessions. The programme will conclude in the early summer 2011. Niamh O’Callaghan, Sport and Recreation Officer and Programme Co-ordinator said that the ‘Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ programme is an important addition to the activities of the Sports Service, as it will create a culture of participation and combat negative peer influences enabling women to become positive role models within the Institute and its wider community.

06.01.2011

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New CEO for the Grangegorman Development Agency.  The GDA is delighted to announce that Mr. Michael Hand has joined the Agency as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hand takes over the reins at a crucial time in the project when the draft Strategic Plan is being finalised and the Agency is moving into the planning and design phase of the project

26.10.2010

The Grangegorman Masterplan continues to get worldwide recognition.  Last week it was included in an Saudi Arabian Architecture magazine, Albenaa

30.09.2010

Following on from the Launch of the Grangegorman Development by the Taoiseach last week the GDA received a lot of requests for information on Employment Opportunites in relation to the Project

21.09.2010

Taoiseach Launches Grangegorman Development Project

16.06.2010

Dublin 7 Education Together - Official Opening

15.06.2010

GDA apply for planning permission to locate new temporary sports changing facilities adjacent to the current changing facilities at the southern end of the Grangegorman site. 

01.06.2010

The new HSE replacement mental health facilities which will provide state of the art accommodation for the current residents of St. Brendan's Hospital, are due to go on site in July 2010.

18.11.2009

World Architecture Fesitival Commends Masterplan

25.05.2009

Taoiseach Brian Cowen T.D. launches the employment study "Joining up the Dots"

11.05.2009

Work on the Dublin 7 Educate Together (Temporary) Primary School started on site today. It is hoped that the school will be ready for students in September 2009.

28.04.2009

The GDA received planning permission to refurbish an old building which is currently being used as a laundry facility at present.  The refurbished building will be used for office and training purposes once finished.

09.03.2009

New Employment Report "Joining up the Dots" has positive outlook for Grangegorman Development Project & Dublin 7

08.10.2008

GDA hold information evenings about the final version of the Masterplan during the month of October

18.08.2008

Planning permission submitted for on-site Educate Together Temporary School Building

12.11.2007

GDA announces winners of Master Plan Design Team Competition

26.04.2007

GDA announces appointment of CEO Mr. Gerry Murphy

28.11.2006

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern T.D. and the Minister for Education & Science Mary Hanafin T.D.  meet new Agency overseeing development of Grangegorman Educational Campus

13.04.2006

John Fitzgerald appointed as Grangegorman Chair

01.12.2005

Grangegorman Development gets Government Green Light

08.11.2004

Grangegorman Bill completes second stage

08.11.2004

Joint Oireachtas Committee visits Grangegorman

20.09.2004

Grangegorman project team meets

16.02.2004

New Draft City Development Plan identifies Grangegorman as key Development Area

Another milestone for Grangegorman

9th October, 2012: Another significant milestone for the Grangegorman project was reached last week when two planning applications were submitted to Dublin City Council.  See the following update from Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning:

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There have been a number of significant developments on the Grangegorman project throughout the summer and I would like to update you on progress, including another milestone achieved just last week.

Following the successful adoption of the Grangegorman Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme as approved by An Bord Pleanala in May, the Grangegorman Development Agency last week (9/10/12) lodged the first two planning applications under the approved scheme. The applications cover the general site public realm, entrances, circulation, site infrastructure and associated site works, landscaping, sports pitches, paving etc, along with the demolition of a number of structures. This broad planning application gives a complete view of how the site will be developed and will enable individual works to proceed over the next few years.

Initial work on the renovation of existing protected structures is underway with a view to bringing together all art and design activities on the Grangegorman site for September 2014.  Work is also well advanced on the design of the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) building, which will draw together related researchers under one roof from early 2015.

The major announcement over the summer of the Government commitment to developing two large quads on the Grangegorman site by way of Public Private Partnership (PPP) has led to a flurry of activity. This major initiative will see the relocation to Grangegorman in September 2017 of all activities from Cathal Brugha Street and Kevin Street, along with remaining Arts disciplines in Media and Music. Currently briefs are being reviewed in anticipation of the appointment of a major team of Technical Advisors (TA) in December 2012. The TAs will aid DIT and the Grangegorman development agency on drawing up the hugely complex tender documents for the PPP process, which are expected to be issued in Autumn 2013, with a view to construction starting in 2015 for completion in 2017.

Over the summer An Bord Pleanála also gave the go-ahead to the LUAS Broombridge project. This will connect the existing Green and Red LUAS lines and continue to join the Maynooth line at Broombridge, with a stop at the front entrance to Grangegorman – Broadstone DIT. The link bridge across the Liffey is already in construction and it is expected the service will run in early 2017, just in time for the arrival of a major influx of DIT students. In a related development DIT has acquired lands at Broombridge to develop all-weather sports facilities to complement grass pitches in Grangegorman. Planning permission to develop this pitch was granted recently and the project is in development. 

We will keep you posted as  further milestones are achieved and you can also follow progress on the links below

Kind regards,
Paul Horan

Dr. Paul Horan
Head of Campus Planning
Dublin Institute of Technology
DIT Campus Planning Office
Grangegorman Rd. Lower
Dublin 7
Tel +353 87 9979248
Email: paul.horan@dit.ie

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