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A view of the Central Quad from St. Brendan’s Way

  • Introduction

    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 ten schools to be located within the Central Quad are as follows: Biological Sciences, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computing, Physics, Mathematics, Food Science & Environmental Health, Culinary Arts & Food Technology, Hospitality Management & Tourism, Electronic & Communication Engineering and Electrical Engineering Systems.

    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.

    Procurement Route

    Public Private Partnership (PPP)

    Design Team

    Eriugena Consortium


    Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

    FCC Ireland Ltd

  • Programme

    Throughout the construction of the Central Quad this section will be updated regularly to give a three week look ahead on the construction programme. If there are any unusual or out of hours events to take place notification will be given to the appropriate people through various media including letter drop, email and social media alerts.


    Construction Activity March 2019

    Continuation of major concrete pours and power floating

    SISK FCC has applied for an extension of working hours to facilitate concrete pours on the following dates:

    • Monday 11th March until 10pm
    • Wednesday 13th March until 10pm


     Superstructure South Block

    • Level 4 – 5 S1
      • Concrete pour: week 4 Feb
    • Level 5 – 6 S2
      • Rebar & Shuttering: ongoing
      • Concrete pour: week 11 Feb
    • Mezzanine Level
      • Install of structural steel: ongoing
      • Installation of precast stairs core G and F: from week 11 Feb


    Superstructure North Block

    • Level 3-4 Concrete Pours 2-4 – to be completed by the end of March
      • Columns and Core Walls
      • Decking, Rebar and Shuttering
      • Install landing and stairs
    • Level 4-5 Concrete Pour 1 – to be completed by mid-March
      • Columns and Core Wall B
      • Decking, Rebar and Shuttering



    • Steel Structures for Areas S1 and S2 – throughout March
    • Area S1 – throughout March
      • install primer and vapour control layer
      • install tapered insulation
      • install base and cap sheet
    • Areas S2 and S3 – throughout March
      • prep roof prior to weathering
      • curling of roof level slabs S2 and S3


    South Block Facade

    • Installation of windows in Techcrete yard
    • South elevation and North Courtyard elevation: works pre/post panel installation
    • East elevation: Waterproofing, insulation and secondary steel structure for panels
    • West elevation: waterproofing, protection and insulation for panel installation
    • Panel installation from end of February – starting with the South elevation
    • Brickwork commencing in East elevation and South Facade


    North Block Facade

    • Installation of windows in Techcrete yard
    • Works pre/post panel installation in west elevation throughout March


    South Block Fit-out

    • South lab fit-out Level 1: H/L mechanical and electrical first fix until end April
    • South lab fit-out Level 2: Install and insulate drainage in risers, H/L mechanical and electrical first fix until early May
    • South lab-fit-out Level 3: install head track to soffit
    • South lab fit-out Level 4: snagging to soffit


    North Block Fit-out

    • Culinary Area
      • Level B GL: install and insulate syphonic drainage before commencing first fix mechanical and electrical to underside of slab
      • Screed pours to Level B GL, Level 0


    Staff Accommodation Areas North and South Blocks

    • South Block Level 1-4: First fix mechanical and electrical works ongoing until late April
    • North Block Level 1-2: snagging to soffit and first fix mechanical and electrical works ongoing until late April


    Facade waterproofing and protection

    • South Block: from 5 Feb
    • North Block south courtyard: from 12 Feb



    • Block-work: ongoing from 22 Jan


    Completion and Commissioning Works

    • Removal of Tower Crane 1 commences mid-March



  • Environmental Monitoring Reports

    As part of the construction works for the Central and East Quads at Grangegorman, environmental monitoring will carried out to assess the dust, noise and vibrations arising from the works. They will be published as they become available on this page.

    The reports are listed below.


    Dust Reports

    Dust Monitoring Report 03/04/18 – 01/05/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 01/05/18 – 28/05/18

    Dust Monitoring Report  28/05/18 – 27/06/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 27/06/18 – 30/07/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 30/07/18 – 30/08/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 30/08/18 – 26/09/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 26/09/18 – 26/10/18

    Dust Monitoring Report 29/10/18 – 29/11/18 

    Dust Monitoring Report 29/11/18 – 03/01/19

    Dust Monitoring Report 03/01/19 – 31/01/19


    Noise Reports

    Interim Report Measuring Noise January 2018

    Interim Report Measuring Noise February 2018

    Interim Report Measuring Noise 23/03/18 – 10/04/18

    Interim Report Measuring Noise 10/04/2018 – 01/05/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 28/05/18 – 27/06/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 27/06/18 – 30/07/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 30/07/18 – 30/08/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 30/08/18 – 26/09/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 26/09/18 – 26/10/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 29/10/18 – 29/11/18

    Noise Monitoring Report 29/11/18 – 03/01/19 

    Noise Monitoring Report 03/01/19 – 31/01/19

    Noise Monitoring Report 31/01/19 – 01/03/19


    Vibration Reports

    Interim Report Measuring Vibrations January 2018

    Interim Report Measuring Vibrations February 2018 

    Interim Report Measuring Vibrations 23/03/18 – 10/04/18

    Interim Report Measuring Vibrations 10/04/18 – 01/05/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 28/05/18 – 27/06/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 27/06/18 – 30/07/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 30/07/18 – 30/08/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 30/08/18 – 26/09/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 26/09/18 – 26/10/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 29/10/18 – 29/11/18

    Vibration Monitoring Report 29/11/18 – 03/01/19

    Vibration Monitoring Report 03/01/19 – 31/01/19

    Vibration Monitoring Report 31/01/19 – 01/03/19


  • Contact Details

    For day time queries in relation to the Central and East Quad development please contact 087 1788749.

    For out of hours queries in relation to the Central and East Quad development please contact 087 3492487.

    For employment opportunities on this project, please contact:

    • SISK FCC                                                                                                                                  Wesley Duffy: 01 409 1500, w.duffy@sisk.ie
    • SMG Formwork                                                                                                                           Kevin Farrell: 087 686 5107, kevinfarrell@smgformwork.ie
    •  Sue’s Tasty Bites (site canteen)                                                                                               Sue McCann: 086 329 7465


  • Images and Video



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