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Old September 25th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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Dublin : UCD Gateway project

UCD is working towards a massive redevelopment of a large chunk of it's campus in Belfield, South Dublin with a new 'Gateway' project.

The Gateway Project will include the following elements:

* Exhibition space
* Conference hotel, including spa
* Aparthotel
* Offices and R&D space
* Student residences
* Medical centre
* Café, restaurant, book store, bank & other retail
* Supermarket
* Arthouse cinema
* Arts and culture facility
* John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies
* Crèche
* UCD administration facilities

The Architect has been picked (there was a competition last year) and now the University is now appointing a commerical partner to work with them on this. This should be finalised at the start of 2009.

Anyway, what does the current proposal look like? Glad you asked!









This is one of 3 major projects that's underway at UCD at the moment. The other 2 is the refurbishment of the Science Centre - including a new atrium over the courtyard for it and the new extension to the Student Centre and Sports Centre (basically joining the 2 buildings up) which will include a new 50m swimming pool.

The Science Centre project is already underway, the Student/Sport Centre extension is due to start construction early next year.

More details about the Gateway project itself at http://www.ucd.ie/gatewayproject/index.htm - there's a public exhibition about it this week if you want to pop down to the campus.

And more details about the various developments at UCD (and there's quite a few) at http://www.ucd.ie/campusdevelopment/
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Old September 25th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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Thanks for this. Looks really superb
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Old September 26th, 2008, 01:33 PM   #3
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Good one..
From the areal it looks kind of a group of train coaches..
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Should fix up the campus a bit, nice. Meh, wont be there then though
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Pity ill be outta there when this and the new sports/student centre are finished. Still it shud be cool when itsfinished
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http://www.ucd.ie/campusdevelopment/...undary_02.html


The campus is very large - at least they have alot of ground to mess around with
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Little bit of news about the Science District redevelopment. Unfortunately, I can't find a good picture of what this will eventually look like however, the Science District is at the moment is 5 buildings - a central 'hub' building (with most of the lecture theatres in it) and then 4 other buildings forming a courtyard around the hub (called, imaginatively, the 'North, South, East and West' buildings). All the existing buildings will be refurbished (this story is about the completion of the refurb of the West building and mentions when the south building work will start) and also 2 new buildings being built in the courtyard.

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Science never looked this good - phasing in new science facilities at Belfield
http://www.ucd.ie/news/2008/12DEC08/121208_science.html

The first phase of the new UCD Science Centre which provides facilities for up to 60 researchers who are working on diverse areas of chemical research including new anti-cancer agents and the recycling of carbon dioxide as a fuel, has been officially opened at Belfield.

The new 4 storey facility was developed at a cost of €6 million following a total refurbishment of one part of the chemistry building, original developed in the 1960’s. The new facility was funded through a combination of PRTLI 3 and 4 funding combined with additional UCD Research and UCD College of Life Science funds.

The newly developed building houses the latest technology to ensure excellent air quality while meeting the new guidelines for building energy conservation. The façade of the building exceeds building regulations in terms of air tightness and insulation and is 40% more efficient than a traditionally constructed building. The ground floor provides bio-nano science space which is characterised by its flexibility of design to accommodate different research requirements. The first, second and third floors comprise wet chemistry labs with each researcher provided a fume hood, piped gases and write up space. The facility is occupied by researchers in synthetic chemistry and bio-nano science.

The project started in early spring 2007 and acted as a testing ground for the €450 million redevelopment of the entire UCD Science Centre. During the official opening, UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady unveiled the latest concept designs by RKD Architects for the transformation of science facilities in UCD.

The next phase, Science South, comprising 6,300 sq. meters is funded under PRTLI 4 and will include facilities for research programmes in biopharmaceutical sciences and bio-nano science, and host the UCD Institute for Food and Health. This phase is at the detailed planning stage and construction will commence mid 2009 with completion due in late 2010.
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That's impressive. It's great to see facilities like these...
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Another development at UCD - work starting next month!

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Planning of new link building
University College Dublin and the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity have provided funding to establish a new Charles Institute building which will be located between the UCD Conway Institute and the UCD Health Sciences Centre. The building is projected to be complete in 2010.

Integrated with the Dublin Academic Health Care (DAHC), the Charles Institute of Dermatology will be a facility for research and training in dermatology that will become a National and European centre of excellence. It will attract world leaders in dermatology and will lead to better patient care through the discovery of new treatments and therapies.




The new building will also host Systems Biology, which will combine expertise in systems engineering, mathematical and computational approaches with state of the art technology platforms. The focus is on bio-therapeutics and will harness the knowledge to develop novel approaches for drug target identification, personalised medicine and toxicity profiles.



Enabling works will commence in February 2009 with the diversion of existing services and the erection of hoarding.
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