Photo of the Central Quad building in Grangegorman

Photo by Ste Murray Photography

Historic use

N/A

Location


Adjacencies

The Greenway Hub, The Academic Hub, Dublin 7 Educate Together National School, Residential Care Neighbourhood (to be built)

Size

The gross internal floor area for the Central Quad is approximately 33,000m2.

Current use

The Central Quad accommodates academic activities and facilities required for a total of ten TU Dublin 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 are grouped within the Central Quad to maximise the benefits and efficiencies from locating together related disciplines and functions.

Final Masterplan Use

TU Dublin academic building

Description of New Facilities

The Central Quad contains 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 accommodates security and reception functions for all users of this Quad. Cafés, gallery/exhibition areas and social learning spaces also are provided.

Specialist facilities 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 generally are categorised as standard or specialised. Standard computer laboratories are used by all schools as required. Specialised computer laboratories are used primarily by the School of Computing;
  • Electronic Design Studios and specialist communication laboratories: these are used by the School of Electrical Engineering Systems and the School of Electronics & Communications Engineering;
  • Culinary Arts facilities: 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 are 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 are included.

Design Team and Contractor/s Involved 

Design Team: Eriugena Consortium

Contractor:

Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

FCC Ireland Ltd

End-user 

TU Dublin