The sale of DIT Cathal Brugha Street is in advance of the relocation of DIT activities to the new campus at Grangegorman in the north west of Dublin city, between Smithfield, North Circular Road and the Phoenix Park.
This comprehensive redevelopment of a former hospital site, which along with the DIT campus will see a range of community health facilities, a primary school, and commercial and science park provision.
The extension of the LUAS Green Line (Cross City tram) has the Green line directly serve the site with two stops, together with the existing nearby Smithfield LUAS Red line stop.
The academic programmes currently in Cathal Brugha Street will be run from the new purpose built Central Quad, offering purpose built labs, kitchens and restaurants appropriate to the 21st century, co-located with Biology and Chemistry, and immediately adjacent to new post-graduate research labs in the Greenway building.
DIT Central Quad (Food, Sciences, Health & Engineering)
The Central Quad 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. The gross internal floor area for the Central Quad is anticipated to be approximately 33,000m2.
The vision for the Central Quad is to create a hub which expresses and brings life to the functions of the Schools and Colleges. The Central Quad will contain a significant element of shared general teaching space as well as a range of specialist learning spaces including wet and dry laboratories, workshops, kitchens, support spaces and teaching restaurants. The Central Quad main reception and foyer area will accommodate security and reception functions for all users of this Quad. Cafés, gallery/exhibition areas and social learning spaces will also be provided.
Specialist facilities will include the following:
- Wet and dry laboratories; for the full range of practical work by all schools within the College of Sciences & Health;
- Computer laboratories: these will generally be categorised as standard or specialised. Standard computer laboratories will be used by all schools as required. Specialised computer laboratories will be used primarily by the School of Computing;
- Electronic Design Studios and specialist communication laboratories: these will be used by the School of Electrical Engineering Systems and the School of Electronics & Communications Engineering;
- Culinary Arts facilities: to include various demonstration and teaching kitchens, preparation and store rooms, teaching restaurants and a function room; and
- Delivery area: to facilitate frequent deliveries required by the College of Sciences & Health and School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology. Separate storage areas will be required for the various deliveries. Food storage areas will be separated from other materials. Efficient removal of different waste categories (chemical, biological and waste food) from the Central Quad will be included.
A little over a month ago construction work commenced on the Central and East Quads. This along with the significant construction activity already evident on site allows DIT to be in a position to commit to vacate Cathal Brugha Street and Marlborough Street in the latter part of 2020.