VISIT TO THE DIT CAMPUS AND THE GRANGEGORMAN QUARTER [5 OCTOBER 2017]
Some of my photographs include ‘Artist Impressions’ of the College Campus … you can decide if the reality corresponds with the original plans.
DIT Grangegorman was due to have about 11,000 students by this September increasing to 20,000 over two years. However, due to legal disputes completion of some key elements of the project could be delayed for about two years. At this stage I do not know what impact this delay will have on the local business community, who were planning for an influx of potential customers, or on the new Luas tram service [my understanding was that the opening of the Grangegorman Tram Stop depended on the college having a student population of 20,000 but at this stage it would appear that the stop will be operational this December]
The first construction work to take place as part of the new DIT campus started in 2013 with the extensive refurbishment of several listed buildings. These accommodate 1,400 staff and students, who moved to the complexin 2014. A further 10,000 staff and students were to move in by 2017 into two major quads which are being built as public private partnerships. When fully completed Grangegorman will accommodate over 20,000 staff and students and for the first time all DIT activities, currently in 39 buildings, will be located on one integrated campus. September 2014 saw 1000 students from Art, Design, Photography, Social Sciences and Visual Communication move onto campus.
The Two Quads:
Central Quad (Food, Sciences, Health & Engineering) – The Central Quad buildings will accommodate academic activities and facilities required for a total of ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, College of Engineering & Built Environment and the College of Arts & Tourism. These schools and their associated academic, teaching and specialist facilities will be grouped within the Central Quad to maximise the benefits and efficiencies to DIT from locating together related disciplines and functions such as wet & dry laboratories, the National Optometry Centre and specialist culinary arts training facilities. The gross internal floor area for the Central Quad will be approx. 36,000 m2.
East Quad (Creative & Cultural Industries) – The East Quad buildings will accommodate the majority of academic activities and facilities required for the College of Creative & Cultural Industries which currently consists of seven schools, five of which will be accommodated within the East Quad. The accommodation will include a 400 seat music performance hall, music, dance & drama performance & practice spaces and creative arts & media studios. The gross internal floor area for the East Quad will be approx. 16,000 m2.