Trinity secure permission for €9m revamp of oldest building on campus

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By Zoe Keane

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has secured planning permission for a €9m revamp of the college’s Rubrics building which featured in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’.

The imposing Rubrics – at the College Green pedestrian entrance – was built between 1699 and 1702 and is the oldest surviving building on the TCD city centre campus.

Earlier this year it featured in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ as Connell and Marianne meet up once more at a campus party at the famous red-bricked building.

City planners granted permission meaning TCD can proceed with its plan to refurbish and conserve the protected structure and deliver 22 studio residential units and 36 student bedrooms.

In a recently published tender, TCD has put a €9m estimate on the revamp of the Rubrics, now largely vacant, and the Chief Steward’s House.

Council planners concluded that the plan “is likely to significantly improve and enhance the existing protected building, from a residential point of view and also from a preservation and maintenance perspective”.

A TCD spokesperson stated: “Trinity is committed to maintaining the Rubrics as a primarily residential building, and the TV series Normal People was a great portrayal of the quality of residential life on the Trinity Campus in ‘rooms’ as they are known.

“We look forward to once again filling the Rubrics with residents and life, and this refurbishment will sustain the Rubrics in full use for generations to come.”

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