Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh and Minister for Finance and Public Reform, Paschal Donohoe visited Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) recently for the topping-out ceremony of the Central Quad on the TU Dublin flagship campus at Grangegorman. From September 2020, there will be more than 10,000 students and 600 staff on campus.

Speaking at the ceremony, the President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick said: “This wonderful Central Quad – built around the courtyard where we are standing, and next to this now-famous copper beech tree – is a €100 million investment in the education of our current students and those who will follow them. Together with the East Quad just opposite us, it represents an investment of over €250 million in what will be an exceptional campus for TU Dublin, here in the middle of Dublin City, and the largest single education project under Project Ireland 2040.”
Positioned at the heart of the new campus development, the Central Quad will provide excellent facilities for students on programmes in the sciences and health, electrical and electronic engineering, culinary arts and hospitality. Students and staff will re-locate from Kevin Street, Cathal Brugha Street and Sackville Place by the end of this academic year. Meanwhile, the East Quad in Grangegorman is being prepared for the arrival next year of students of music, drama, media, law, social science and the creative arts. Facilities will include studios and exhibition areas, a 400-seater concert hall, recital rooms, black box theatre, and film and broadcasting amenities.

Denise Maguire         
Editor  of  Irish Construction Industry Magazine