Athlone Institute of Technology

Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

We were commissioned by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) to undertake campus masterplanning that will set out a framework document for the development of the campus over the next 10 years and beyond. The Institute’s Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018 identifies a vision for the organisation to become a Technological University.

A key strategic action is to develop a new AIT campus masterplan which will highlight future campus infrastructural needs, as well the refurbishment of other campus facilities.

The plan seeks to improve the connections between places and to redefine the extent and quality of the landscape and public realm within the estate environs; bringing under-utilised spaces, areas of car parking and roads into the campus’ public realm and enriching these spaces and routes with programmes such as new squares and courts. An enhanced and extended public realm and sequence of landscape spaces across the estate will create a richer canvas for student life and promote enhanced learning possibilities.

A landscape led approach seeks to create a legible and coherent public realm – a seamless thread of lively routes, gardens and spaces – that will help to link together the east and west campus and reveal the physical, cultural and lifestyle aspects of the Institute and to redefine the AIT’s experience for students, staff and visitors.

Team: Roughan & O'Donovan (Transport)

"AIT will be a Technological University distinguished by outstanding learner experience, international focus, distinctive regional contribution and high quality impact of its staff, teaching, applied research and innovation."

AIT Strategic Plan 2014-2018