Green light for next phase of proposed capital investment for TU Dublin

by Rachel Cunningham
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The minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced that Technological University Dublin (TUD) has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the next phase of the project proposal development for a ‘Design & Construct’ Sustainable Building Centre on their Broombridge Campus. 

The project aims to build capacity for the greater Dublin Area and beyondby refurbishing a building in TU Dublin’s satellite facility in Broombridge to use for core academic space. 

Minister Harris confirmed that TU Dublin has been successful under the Technological Sector Strategic Projects Fund (TSSPF) and is now approved to proceed to develop the preliminary business case for a multi-disciplinary teaching and learning facility at Broombridge. 

Commenting on the project, Minister Harris described the development as a key milestone for TU Dublin. 

He said that the proposed new building, which would accommodate 1,400 new learners in skills, such as retrofit, low carbon technologies, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), and in energy efficiency, would be a beacon for sustainability and climate action,. 

“Investment will play an important role in supporting the technological sector as drivers of regional development, by allowing them to better meet the needs of learners in their region, to deepen existing and forge new relationships with business and enterprise and to respond in an agile fashion to future developments. 

“In advancing these capital proposals, the HEA is playing a crucial leading role in rolling out the Technological Sector Strategic Projects Fund, ensuring a pipeline of key strategic projects delivers for our learner, economic and societal needs, and we need to keep these objectives at the heart of all our decision making. 

“The outcomes of the preliminary business case stage will inform the development of a pipeline of projects and future capital investment decisions,” he stated. 

President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick, welcomed the announcement for the building that would serve students in the areas of architecture, engineering and construction. 

“TU Dublin is delighted to commence 2023 with this hugely significant announcement for the university, our students and the local community in Dublin 7, which will deliver a world-class multidisciplinary learning and industry engagement environment for students across the faculties of Engineering & Built Environment and Computing, Digital and Data, from apprenticeship to PhD. 

“Critically, the research, knowledge generation and skills development activities undertaken in Design + Construct will provide creative solutions that will be core to the sector’s efforts in addressing its key sustainability challenges that are contributing to the climate crisis, acting as a living construction laboratory encompassing best practices in sustainable design and construction,” said Professor FitzPatrick.

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