The first new TU Dublin building to be completed at Grangegorman, the Greenway Hub provides a range of research laboratories and facilities for the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) and start-up business spaces for the TU Dublin Hothouse Incubation centre (HHI). Funded through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) and Enterprise Ireland, this five-storied research and innovation building is also the first building to be constructed on site using Building Information Modelling (BIM). This technology allows the contractor and design teams to utilise a full digital representation of the building and its functions to assist with construction.
Watch a short time-lapse video of the external construction here.
ESHI facilities include spaces and laboratories for:
- Social and Educational Research;
- Health Informatics;
- Molecular and Cell Biology;
- Analytical Chemistry;
- Food Safety/Quality;
- Energy Lab; and
- Vision Sciences.
HHI facilities are on the bottom floors of this five-storey building and consist of a range of meeting places, including one-to-one spaces, as well as larger 6-8 people meeting rooms and a number of breakout spaces for informal meetings. All rooms have WiFi as standard. TU Dublin Hothouse is the university’s award-winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Office responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from TU Dublin research. The first groups of graduate research students have been relocating to the Greenway Hub from various TU Dublin locations since spring 2016. The Hothouse New Frontiers programme will be relocated to this new building shortly and the Hothouse team are also actively marketing office suites to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Greenway Hub is located near the centre of the west side of the Grangegorman site at the top of the Cultural Garden. It can be easily accessed from both the Grangegorman Lower and the North Circular Road entrances. Set at one of the highest points on site, the building has beautiful, scenic views over the site, city and Dublin Mountains. Under the Masterplan for the site, this building will eventually be connected to the School of Engineering and will sit alongside one of the ‘green fingers’ pathways for the site.
Management of Facilities
Technological University Dublin
Completed October 2015
Architects: RKD Architects
Project Manager: Cyril Sweett Ltd
Civil & Structural Engineers: Arup
Quantity Surveyors: Bruce Shaw
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Arup
Fire Safety Consulatants: J Gardiner & Associates
PSDP/Health & Safety Consultants: Bruce Shaw
Contractor Design Team
O’Connor Sutton Cronin