The decision by the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Services Executive of Ireland to relocate their facilities onto one site triggered a competition to masterplan a disused former mental hospital in Dublin City centre.
Working with a comprehensive design team including Feilden Clegg Bradley and O’Mahony Pike Architects, our approach was to retain all of the listed buildings within the 73 acre site and to use these as the framework to arrange over 450,000m2 of new development. The campus is structured by a series of spaces each addressing an existing building. We designed two main circulation routes – a ‘bow’ and ‘bowstring’ which connect these spaces and retained the mature trees which enclose a large ‘green room’ within which the playing fields are positioned.
The sweeping ‘bow’ forms a wide broadwalk along which all DIT faculties have a front door as well as the HSE facilities. DIT’s recreational facilities are located along the pedestrianised ‘bowstring’ with the Student Union overlooking the terraced playing fields. The masterplan is anchored into its context on all sides and we proposed a new transport interchange utilising the disused Broadstone station.
Client: Grangegorman Development Agency
Current Status: Competition
Consultants: Feilden Clegg Bradley, O’Mahony Pike