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Old October 25th, 2014, 02:42 AM   #1
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The Irish Universities Development Thread

Having read Insert Username Here and odlum833's comments on the Dublin Summary of Projects thread I thought I'd take it upon myself to act on the suggestion!

Basically this thread is for all news, comment and opinion on developments planned at any of Ireland's seven universities.

To get the ball rolling I found an article on the journal.ie which expands on the plans Trinity have announced regarding the construction of a new business school. Apparently the business school is just one part of the overall scheme read more here.
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Old October 25th, 2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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I only found out about this one a few months ago

St Patrickís College, Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and Church of Ireland College of Education are all coming together under DCU at St. Pat's campus. The new campus will be DCU's Drumcondra campus.

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St Patrickís College in Dublin, part of Dublin City University, has announced a £40million development plan for its north Dublin campus. UK-based international architectural practice RMJM worked in collaboration with Irish practice Taylor Architects to create four new buildings for the campus. The project will also include the refurbishment of existing facilities, a new campus link and extensive landscaping of the collegeís historic grounds. Established in 1875, the College educates the lionís share of Irelandís primary school teachers, catering for over 2,000 students each year.

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The new East Building on the campus will serve as a study and learning centre including a 200 person lecture theatre as well as innovative teaching spaces such as reading pods and a learning cafť. The design of a new atrium space was inspired by the campus chapelís stained glass windows and will afford views to the campusí historic landmark Belvedere Tower. It will also act as a central point for the new campus and will link the East Building to the atrium of the West Building, which is a specialist teaching building containing classrooms and a suite of large lecture theatres including a 500 seat auditorium.
e-architect.co.uk/dublin/st-patricks-college

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I believe this is the East building:





Another one here: e-architect.co.uk/images/jpgs/dublin/st_patricks_college_rmjmftp161008_3.jpg

In fact, the West building was finished last month and already has students in it East building due for completion in December.

Pictures of construction here: https://www.spd.dcu.ie/site/news/SPD...elopment.shtml
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Old October 26th, 2014, 01:44 AM   #3
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Looks very good Insert Username Here. I like the windows which look a bit like a QR code. It gives the building something quite unique.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 05:33 PM   #4
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Is the science center in UCD finished?

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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #5
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Looks very good Insert Username Here. I like the windows which look a bit like a QR code. It gives the building something quite unique.
I love it. A lot better than the chapel glass thing they were going for
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Is the science center in UCD finished?
The second phase was completed in 2013. It accomodates around 2,500 students now.



I'm not sure if construction has started on the third phase yet.

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The €95 million phase 3 is currently at feasibility stage and will complete the suite of facilities for the sciences at University College Dublin. Phase 3 will feature a world-leading Data Science Institute leverage and enhance UCD's existing investments in the science of 'big data' and its applications in health, future ICT, finance, energy and the environment, and complexity science.
That's from Oct 2013.

http://www.rkd.ie/Insights_35000sqmU...aseIIOpens.php
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St.Patrick's College, future DCU Drumcondra campus.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...ndra-1.2085973
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Some news on the university front this month:

NUI Maynooth plans a €150m redevlopment with a €76m loan from EIB. Also, as of September 2014, NUI Maynooth is called Maynooth University
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innov...tion-hubs-loom

DCU preferred bidder to buy All Hallows College.
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...ndra-1.2098540


Since mergers has become a recurring theme in the third level education. Here's some light reading on ITs merging into Technological Universities:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...-mtu-1.2093031

St. Angela's merger with NUIG not going so well.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...rger-1.2114443
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DCU preferred bidder to buy All Hallows College.
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...ndra-1.2098540
Interesting that DCU would buy All Hallows, surprised they have the funds to buy it. It doesn't really make sense for them to set up a campus there, they now have a second campus at St Pats and having a third would surely be a step in the wrong direction. If they need to expand there is plenty of space around their existing campus. Does anyone know how far these lands reach, is it just to the west of Grace Park Road or does it extend across the other side of the road too?
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The area Google Maps marked off in colour seems accurate enough. Not sure what they want it for but if they were to use it, I presume it would just be part of the Drumcondra campus given its close proximity to St. Pat's.

Between the estates, Albert College Park, Aidan's and Hillside Farm, DCU has very little room to expand, if any. They have 10 acres on Griffith Avenue but it's not connected to the main campus. They've been sitting on it for 15 years. If the farm owners decide to sell, that will free up a lot of land.
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The area Google Maps marked off in colour seems accurate enough. Not sure what they want it for but if they were to use it, I presume it would just be part of the Drumcondra campus given its close proximity to St. Pat's.

Between the estates, Albert College Park, Aidan's and Hillside Farm, DCU has very little room to expand, if any. They have 10 acres on Griffith Avenue but it's not connected to the main campus. They've been sitting on it for 15 years. If the farm owners decide to sell, that will free up a lot of land.
According to this map, that is correct. The land on the other side of the road belongs to schools. It is actually a very interesting map. Wonder if DCU offered Ä14m to the farm owners, would be very surprised if they didnt take it.
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I had a quick look in the gaps of the hoardings around the RCSI's new building on York St. and they seem to have excavated and constructed a lot of the foundations. I'll put up a few photos later on in the week if I get a chance.
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St.Patrick's College, future DCU Drumcondra campus.

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The building is finished but the bus lane is taking forever to be finished for some reason. You can't see any workers on site either.
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The building is finished but the bus lane is taking forever to be finished for some reason. You can't see any workers on site either.
Does that mean all the hoardings are still up along the road in front of the new building? Was planning to head up that way during the week to grab a few shots of the new building but I'll hold off if they're still blocking the lower part...
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I had a quick look in the gaps of the hoardings around the RCSI's new building on York St. and they seem to have excavated and constructed a lot of the foundations. I'll put up a few photos later on in the week if I get a chance.
Is that on the site south of their main building?
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Does that mean all the hoardings are still up along the road in front of the new building? Was planning to head up that way during the week to grab a few shots of the new building but I'll hold off if they're still blocking the lower part...
Not much hoarding but there are some pretty major roadworks taking place there at the minute so probably not the best time to be taking photos.
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Is that on the site south of their main building?
Yeah. The one on the opposite side of York St. to where they currently have buildings. It's accessible from Stephen's Green West through an alley and York St. itself. From looking at the graphics on the hoardings there are about three floors underground so it's not surprising it hasn't started to rise above the hoardings yet.
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Pat's put up some pictures on their facebook page:





Just had a look at the plan for RCSI, 6 storey over 4 storey basement with a sub basement!

Basement 3 and 4 - ~550sq m sports hall taking up half of both floors (void in basement 3). The rest of the space is occupied by gyms, changing rooms and so on.

Basement 1 and 2 - Large auditorium taking up most of both floors. A plant room on one floor.

The rest is your usual college stuff

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Remember the redevelopment plans for Trinity at the Pearse Street end? Well, DCC refused planning permission for the new business school.

http://www.universitytimes.ie/?p=34369

18 month delay is a bit excessive, no?


Oh, and Clare County Council wants University of Limerick renamed to University of Clare and Limerick. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ty-321474.html
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Remember the redevelopment plans for Trinity at the Pearse Street end? Well, DCC refused planning permission for the new business school.

http://www.universitytimes.ie/?p=34369

18 month delay is a bit excessive, no?


Oh, and Clare County Council wants University of Limerick renamed to University of Clare and Limerick. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ty-321474.html
There's a perfect solution to this conundrum - incorporate a significant portion of County Clare into Limerick City - no need for a name change. And if they councillors complain about it, abolish the County Council and run the place directly from Limerick city hall.
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Yeah. In my mind, UL and Castleroy are still within the Limerick city urban area.

Amalgamating Limerick city and county councils certainly didn't help the situation. Under that reform, it was proposed to include some more areas north of the Shannon such as Westbury and all of UL in the new LCCC but Clare TDs described it as a "land grab" and it was dropped.

For the sake of Limerick city and UL, I hope the idea is revisited in the future. Changing the name of a university could have negative effects to its reputation. I hope it doesn't come to that.
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