Grangegorman campus ready for its first 1,000

by Gazette Reporter

The new DIT campus at Grangegorman is opening its doors to 1,000 students and 200 members of academic and support staff marking the first phase of the major development.
This week staff were on the move from their old offices across a number of DIT locations to occupy the new campus in anticipation of new and returning students to the new location over the coming weeks.
Students and academic are moving from DIT buildings at Mountjoy Square, Portland Row and Temple Bar, which the college had leased out.
The new campus officially opens on Monday September 8 and is the first major step in the development of a single campus for DIT.
The 1,000 students set to take over the campus study art, design, photography and social science.
The 19th-century listed buildings at Grangegorman have been restored and re-designed to provide design studios, lecture rooms, recreation facilities, a cafeteria and more.
According to DIT’s head of public affairs, Melda Slattery, the landscape around the buildings includes a “spectacular” courtyard space, An Croi, as well as a quiet cultural garden and a large number of original trees that have been protected during the construction phase.
“We’ve been on this journey for a very long time with a lot of expectation and disappointment along the way. But here we are,” she said.
“First year students arrive on September 9 and then returning students arrive the following week. We are all looking forward to seeing their reaction. Everyone was really wowed this week, it really did exceed our expectations. The buildings are beautifully restored, they are significant in their external design and now you see them in a whole other light because they have been modernised inside with lovely high ceilings and light. It is really nice,” she continued.
Meanwhile, building is now under way on the Greenway Hub, which will be home to the DIT research institute ESHI (Environment Sustainability and Health Institute) and to Hothouse, the business incubation and technology transfer office, which opens in September 2015.
The next major development will be the design and construction of two very large academic quads, which are scheduled for completion in September 2017. Once complete, the campus will facilitate 10,000 students, representing over 50% of all DIT.
Slattery went on to say that this will coincide with the completion of the Cross-city Luas which will stop at the campus entrance at Broadstone, “providing another valuable public transport connection”.

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