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Work to begin in weeks on exciting city quarter

BUILDING work will begin within weeks on the transformation of Dublin's Grangegorman hospital into a state-of-the-art education and health campus, providing 450 construction jobs a year over the next decade.

The development will create a new urban quarter in the north inner city and become an engine to drive regeneration in an area that has suffered severe educational and employment disadvantage.

The building project will be on a scale equivalent to two Dundrum Town Centres.

Central to the redevelopment is a single campus for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) -- which is currently scattered around 39 different buildings -- and the 25,000 students it expects to cater for by 2015.

The new-look Grangegorman will also provide new residential facilities for mental health patients of St Brendan's Hospital, currently living in antiquated accommodation, as well as primary healthcare facilities for the local community.

At its peak, St Brendan's Hospital housed 2,000 patients, but with the switch in emphasis to community care the new facility will provide 54 beds.

The first phase of the building work will focus on the replacement mental health facilities, with occupancy due in early 2012, while DIT hopes to have 70pc of its activities relocated by 2015.

The overall cost of the core DIT educational facilities is estimated at almost €500m, 57pc of which will be funded by the disposal of property.

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