Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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CENTRAL QUAD GRANGEGORMAN CAMPUS

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

PHOTOGRAPHS
Ste Murray

CATAGORY
Higher Education

MANUFACTURERS
D-Line, Kone, Techrete, AE Doors, Allied Systems, Ascot Signs, Brazil, Brodericks, Casey Doors, Cassidy brothers, Cleartech, Coopers / Crossflow, Crown Roofing, Curtis Enterprises, Designer Group, Duggans, Eftech, Elite, Errigal, Flood Precast, Philips Town Engineering, Purcell, Rascor, SJG, SMG, Shay Murtagh Precast, Skyway, Syphonix, Techcom, Toilet Cubicles Ireland, TruWood, Walls 2 Workstation, Winthrop-13

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Stephen Diamond Associates

FFE CONSULTANT
Red Apple Design

ACOUSTIC ENGINEERS
iAcoustics

PLANNING CONSULTANT
McGill Planning

ASSOCIATE
Aoife Keigher, Kossy Nnachetta, Michael Scullion

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS 
Mott MacDonald

MEP ENGINEERS
Mott MacDonald

MEP ENGINEERS
Michael Slattery Associates

FAÇADE CONSULTANT
FMDC

PARTNER
Simon Carter

ARTIST
Alexandra Carr

LOCATION
Dublin, Ireland

ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTANT
Michael Slattery Associates

AREA
35500 m²

YEAR
2021

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad is a 35,000m2 interdisciplinary teaching building for the TU Dublin Grangegorman Campus.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Science, research, and innovation-focussed, it accommodates ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, College of Engineering & Built Environment, and College of Arts & Tourism.

As one of the first major buildings on the new campus, we wanted to deliver in both social, cultural, and economic terms to the entire Grangegorman Area.

Our vision was to create an open and easily accessible building at the heart of the campus, that is knitted back into the community and the city.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad is home to 6,500 students and 400 staff and provides flexible and specialist accommodation alongside general learning space, distributed learning commons, staff accommodation, and building support.

The building is a contemporary and dynamic interpretation of the classic university quadrangle, split into two L-shaped forms blocks around a landscaped courtyard.

Large windows look inwards to the green space of the quad and outwards to the Grangegorman Campus and its neighbourhood.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Covering the areas of physical and life sciences, computer science, food science, culinary arts, hospitality and engineering, the building has provision for each from wet labs and workshops, to training kitchens and a bakery shop.

The collaborative spaces of Central Quad are designed to bring together cross-disciplinary groups, both formally and informally to promote new synergies and interdisciplinary research projects.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Substantial breakout areas on every level provide spaces where students, staff and researchers can gather in small groups, encouraging accidental meetings and serendipitous conversations.

A simple, but generous, colonnade provides shelter and a collegiate atmosphere.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Sharing ideas and techniques is at the heart of the atrium’s planned programme of student expositions.

A clear entrance to the building is marked by a double-height atrium.

We worked closely with artist Alexandra Carr during the building design to create a five-storey site-specific sculpture, Soliaris Nexum which explores our changing connection to the sun through the technological shifts of various ages.

With gentle, constant movement, it reflects the shifting light, drawing attention to the upper stories and connecting the schools within the building.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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The Central Quad and nearby East Quad building (by AHR Architects) were delivered through the PPP process.

FCBStudios were appointed as one part of the Eriugena consortium working directly for a contractor joint venture made up of John Sisk & Son and FCC.

Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
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Central Quad Grangegorman Campus
Elevation - South

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