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Design Work begins on new Teaching Building at IT Blanchardstown

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05/06/2018 12:54:47


11 new Higher Education buildings to provide over 8,000 new student places & 75,000m2 teaching and learning space across the country

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D., today welcomed key progress on the government's Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme for the higher education sector.



Design teams have been appointed to 11 building projects, which are in Institutes of Technology across the country, including a new 4000 m2 teaching building at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB). The project at ITB is one that will help drive regional development and meet many of the skills needs that have been identified by the National Skills Council and the nine regional skills fora, which were established last year by Minister Bruton.

Welcoming the development, Dr Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of ITB said "This state of the art project at ITB will help drive regional development and will be transformative for students and the region we serve here in Dublin North West. I am delighted that new ITB building will be part of the first tranche of projects to move towards planning stage". Dr. O'Callaghan went on to say 'This capital investment is timely, considering our recent application for designation as a Technological University with our partners in IT Tallaght and DIT, as it will support future growth on the Blanchardstown campus at a critical time for Higher Education in Dublin'.



This PPP Programme is being rolled-out alongside 367 million euro in funding from the Department of Education and Skills for investment in higher education over the period 2018-2021. Project Ireland 2040 provides for a significant ramping up in Exchequer funding to support infrastructure priorities in the higher education sector. 2.2 billion euro will be made available over the coming decade to support refurbishment, new buildings and equipment renewal in the sector. Welcoming the progress, Minister Bruton said: "We want to have the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. State of the art facilities in our higher education institutions is key to reaching our goal. These 11 projects across 11 Institutes of Technology will significantly boost the capacity of the sector to meet national and regional skills needs and to cater for the growing numbers of students entering the higher education system. Today's announcement confirming both the scope of the projects and the teams of architects and engineers who will bring the projects through the planning process represents a significant programme milestone."

Minister Mitchell O'Connor commented: "I am delighted to see the final scope and ambition of these projects. Capital investment is essential to enhancing the capacity and quality of the higher education system, and to delivering on the vision for future Technological Universities. Eight of the eleven projects in the programme are in Institutes of Technology that are currently part of TU consortia. I would like to congratulate the design teams on their appointments and look forward to seeing the first planning applications for these projects being submitted to the relevant local authorities before the end of this year."



The 11 projects will be advanced in two bundles providing 75,000m2 additional academic and teaching space and 8,000 new student places. The planning and initial design for a bundle of six projects will be delivered by a consortium of architects led by Coady Architects (incorporating FCBS & BDP Architects), who will be joined on this design team by JV Tierney and Mott McDonald Engineers.

A consortium of architects led by Taylor Architects (incorporating HJ Lyons & Mullarkey Pedersen Architects), and supported by RPS and BDP Engineers, will bring the remaining bundle of five projects through the planning process. Procurement of a PPP operator for each bundle is expected to commence later this year. The bundles will be subject to rigorous Value for Money tests to ensure suitability for procurement as PPPs before and during the tender process.


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