UCD Student Centre Dublin, University College, Belfield Campus, Building, Ireland
UCD Student Centre : University College Dublin
Belfield Campus Dublin, Ireland – design by FKP Architects – Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners
31 Aug 2012
UCD Student Centre Dublin
Design: FKP Architects – Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners
New UCD Student Centre now open
The UCD Student Centre designed by FKP Architects – Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners opened today at University College Dublin’s Belfield Campus. The opening coincides with the start of the new academic year.
UCD Student Centre is the new epicentre of sporting, social and academic life in UCD. The project occupies a unique position in the history of the Belfield campus, as both the largest single project since the original masterplan, and the first to be funded entirely by its students. The complex encompasses 11,000 square metres of student facilities in an iconic, exciting and public-spirited new building by Dublin-based Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners. A 50 metre swimming pool, debating chamber, 150- piece gym, 3D cinema, performance theatre and radio studio, among many others, redefine the standards for Irish university facilities. Sustainability was central to the design, with local materials, international expertise and groundbreaking technologies combined to make the Student Centre one of the most eco-friendly public buildings in Ireland.
New public space around the Student Centre unifies the new facilities with the existing UCD Sport and original Student Centre. Aerial walkways within the new building link the three structures to make a seamless, hybrid sport and leisure complex: a place for everyone.
The design team was led by Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners, in partnership with Arup. Partner-in-Charge Aidan Kavanagh commented: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to collaborate with UCD students on the delivery of the Student Centre. This project is a prime example of what can be achieved when client and designer unite in pursuit of the same goals.”
Project Architect Andrew Howley commented: “This is a complex, sophisticated building. We have worked hard to provide a fun, exciting space which contributes to the UCD student experience 24 hours a day, 365 days a year”
About FKP Architects – Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners
Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners is a Dublin-based architecture and project management studio, founded in 1996. The studio is led by Founders Aidan Kavanagh and Maurice Fitzgerald, with Partners Gerry Murphy, John Thomson and Colm Redmond. The team is specialised in educational, residential and commercial architecture, and the office holds RIAI Grade I Conservation Architect status. Currently, Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners are developing a number of headquarter offices throughout Ireland and leading the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford after extensive fire damage. The team is also pursuing postgraduate studies in fire safety, applied building conservation and project management.
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Location: UCD Student Centre, Wynnsward Drive within the University College Dublin campus, Co. Dublin
The address for the building:
The Student Centre
University College Dublin
Building location co-ordinates are 53.30792, -6.22805.
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