9th January 2014
Spot the Differences
Over the past few months, the campus site has been transformed and is now in full construction mode in preparation for the arrival of the first students in September 2014. The 1st of the photos above was taken in 2007, the 2nd on 18th December 2013. The next aerial photos will be available before Summer. Expect even more differences by then.
The works on the Adaptive Reuse Tranche 1 package have provided us with a sight that has not been seen in over 30 years. For the first time since the early 1980's the lights are on in the entire interior of the North House.
It is appropriate that this old building will become the symbol of a campus that will transform over the next months and years. By this time next year, it will have seen the completion of the first semester of 3rd level education in Grangegorman for the Art & Design students and the Photography students.
JJ Rhatigan & Company, has been appointed to carry out the Adaptive Reuse Tranche 1 works package on the North House.
From September 2014, the North House will provide accommodation for the Art & Design/Photography staff and students currently located in Mountjoy Square, Portland Row and Temple Bar. An announcement on the appointment of a contractor for the five buildings forming the Adaptive Reuse Tranche 2 works package is also due shortly.
An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D, today turned the sod on the ‘Site Infrastructure and Public Realm’ contract. The €26m contract, which has been awarded to Roadbridge Ltd, creates over 200 construction workers on site, will shape the entire site and lay down the services backbone which will allow all of the building plots to be constructed in turn. Also present for the occasion was Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, and local TDs Minister of State for European Affairs, Paschal Donohue TD, and Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan.
In the briefing that followed the sod-turning ceremony, Mr. Kenny displayed his enthusiasm for the overall project stating that "these buildings which will stand for the next hundreds of years, are putting in place a foundation which is symbolic of the foundation we want for the country."
Further accounts of the event are available at the following web links:
Roadbridge, one of Ireland's biggest Civil Engineering contractors, has been appointed to carry out the site infrastructure works on the Grangegorman project. This work will shape the campus, lay down the service corridors for all of the building plots, define the roads and walkways, and establish all of the green areas on the site. Further details are available here.
31st October 2013
The Contract Notice for the Central and East Quads PPP has been published on the e-tenders website. the notice can be found at https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/publicpurchase.asp?PID=71469. This is a major milestone for the Grangegorman and is the culmination of 10 months of intensive preparatory work involving the National Development Finance Agency, The Grangegorman Development Agency, the Technical Advisors, the DIT Campus Planning office and a very extensive input from staff from all of the Schools moving in 2017. It has been estimated that over 3,000 person hours of work in this process was provided from the Schools. This is a huge committment by DIT staff to the future of the Grangegorman Project.
21st October 2013
The demolition contractor McCallan Bros has now completed all of its work on the western side of Grangegorman Lower and has handed the site back to the GDA. A small amount of work on the demolition package is currently being completed on the eastern side of the site. The GDA Facebook page has several new images of the site following the removal of the demolished buildings.
The Site Infrastructure and Public Realm works are about to commence and the GDA intends to hold an information evening on the extent of these works on Wednesday 23rd October. The contractor will be present subject to successful appointment.
The first tranche of the Adaptive Re-use (refurbishment of the old stone buildings) is due to start next week once the pre-commencement period expires. The tenders for the second tranche of this work were returned today and the contractor will be appointed in the next few weeks.
Three further applications for planning permission have been submitted by GDA to Dublin City Council, further details of which can be viewed here.
9th October 2013
Sharon Feeney has joined the Campus Planning Team as the new Team Leader for the College of Business. Sharon can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone at +353 (0)1 4022343
27th September 2013
The fixed telephone lines to the Campus Planning Planning Office have now been restored. Individual members of the Campus Planning Team can also be contacted by email or mobile as applicable. Contact details are available here.
26th September 2013
The demolition works are continuing and are now nearing completion. The video below (compiled by the GDA) is a combination of stills and video clips taken during the demolition works.
9th September 2013
Following the issue on 29th August 2013 of the preliminary information notice (PIN) to initiate the procurement of the Central and East Quads, the Minister of Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn TD, officially launched the procurement of the PPPs at an initial information day for potential bidders on Monday September 9th (details here). The publication of this notice confirms that the project is on schedule for the issue of the first stage of tender documents (preliminary qualification questionnaire) by the end of September 2013.
6th September 2013
Eircom has advised us today that it will be another 10 days before the maintenance is completed to the fixed telephone line to the Campus Planning Planning Office (01 8676080). In the meantime, the office can be contacted through the Grangegorman Development Agency (01 8676070). Individual members of the Campus Planning Team can be contacted by email or mobile as applicable. Contact details are available here.
2nd September 2013
Over the last few weeks, the pace of the demolition work have increased. The Nurses Home is now gone and the hospital buildings on the west side of Grangegorman Lower are rapidly disappearing.
28th August 2013
Work will commence shortly on the following:
- Site infrastructure and public realm – involving laying down the services backbone of the site, construction of the access roads/paths through and across the campus, and the excavation/levelling/relaying of the sports pitches. There will also be a significant amount of work undertaken along the Grangegorman Lower area, details of which are available on the GDA website at http://www.ggda.ie/assets/communityconsult/GDA_CC_GG_Road_Work_SIPR.pdf
- Retrofit/adaptive reuse of the historic buildings in preparation for the relocation in August 2014 of the students/staff currently operating out of Mountjoy Square, Portland Row and Temple Bar
19th August 2013
The only entrance to the campus is now situated on the North Circular Road and is shared with the HSE’s new Phoenix Centre as shown on the map below. Directions to the new entrance for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can be found at http://dit.ie/about/grangegorman/contactus/.
The closing of the entrance opposite the Clock Tower on Grangegorman Lower means that the walking distance from Bolton Street to the Campus has been increased by approximately 10 mins. The Grangegorman Lower entrance will remain closed until August 2014 to facilitate demolition of a number of structures and retrofit/adaptive reuse works to the Cluster Buildings.
16th July 2013
The GDA provide updates on Twitter (@GrangegormanDev) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grangegorman-Development-Agency/382314786412). At present, the focus is on the demolition of a number of structures. As the project develops, these updates will provide news of all of the work underway on the project.
12th June 2013
In preparation of the site for the construction of the new buildings, McCallan Bros Ltd has been appointed as the site works contractor. The initial site works involve removal of a section of the boundary wall on the North Circular Road, the construction of an access road for construction traffic on site and the demolition of the structures identified in the 2012 Planning Scheme. The most prominent of the structures to be demolished is the red-bricked Nurses Home Building facing onto Lower Grangegorman. McCallan Bros Ltd are currently establishing their presence on site in advance of commencing these works.
8th May 2013
DIT Photography students Jason Kearney, Adrian Langtry, Noel Phelan, Vincent Gregan, Aisling Reddin, Orlaith Baldwin and Luke Fogarty have come together to curate a special and unique exhibition of visual research done of the past, present and future in Grangegorman. The exhibition runs from May 9th to 15th in the Broadcast Gallery, Portland Row, Dublin 1. Further details here.
1st May 2013
John Darcy has joined the Campus Planning Team as the new Team Leader for the College of Arts and Tourism. John can be contacted by email at email@example.com and by phone at +353 (0)1 8676092.