The President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer toured the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus today as the Institute prepares for construction to begin on the next phase of campus development in Grangegorman early next year.
DIT President, Professor Brian Norton and CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency Mr. Gerrard Casey, led the party, which included Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD and Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, through plans to start development of two academic quads early next year.
Welcoming President Hoyer, Minister Donohoe and Minister Bruton, Professor Brian Norton said, “We are delighted to welcome our distinguished guests to DIT Grangegorman today as we start on the next phase of our journey to unify all of DIT in one campus. We are delighted that the EIB has reconfirmed its commitment to providing funding of €110 million towards the next phase of construction of DIT Grangegorman. This investment will support the delivery of two significant academic buildings, which will allow a further 9,000 students and 600 staff to join the 1,000 students and 200 staff already on site.”
Echoing Professor Norton’s words Mr. Casey emphasised how important this project was not just for DIT, but also for the surrounding community and the wider city. He said “Already the Grangegorman project has delivered brand new health facilities for the Health Service Executive and education facilities for DIT and the Department of Education and Skills. In addition we have provided huge investment to area in the form of local employment and a playground and parkland areas to name but a few. The construction of the Central and the East Quads alone are set to create in the region of 2,500 construction jobs, and these will bring great benefits to the area in the form of local employment and spending in local businesses.”
The new academic buildings include the East Quad, which will be home to students of Media; Music and Drama; Creative Arts and Social Sciences, and the Central Quad, which will accommodate DIT students studying Science and Health programmes, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Hospitality Management; Tourism and Culinary Arts & Food Technology. Financing for the project will be completed shortly by EIB, the largest public bank owned by and representing the interests of the 28 European Union Member States.
From Saturday 9th December, visitors to Grangegorman will have the option to alight at the Grangegorman stop of the new Luas Cross City, only three stops from the city centre, while entry to the campus from the Broadstone-DIT stop will be available in the coming months.
Together with the existing academic, research, industry and incubation spaces, health provision and primary school in Grangegorman, the additional investment will underpin rejuvenation of the North West quadrant of the city.