Tuesday 14 August 2018

DCU set to open new multi-million euro student centre

Staff and students at Dublin City University were treated to a sneak peek of their new multi-million state of the art student centre which is due for completion this coming August.

President of Dublin City University Professor Brian MacCraith and outgoing Students Union President Niall Behan, along with staff and students were treated to a tour of the DCU Student Hub.

The project is part of an extensive five-year €230 Campus Development Plan of Dublin City University, Ireland's fastest growing university.

The Student Hub project, which commenced in February 2016 will provide an additional 3,7000m sq of modern purpose built space with enhanced accessibility over three storeys for students' social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities.

Once complete the student centre will be capable of holding over 3,500 users at maximum capacity and will cover over 7,000m2.

Key features include two sensory meeting booths, as well as an entrepreneurship area for students work space, three meeting rooms and three quiet offices.

There will also be a 400 m sq amphitheatre with capacity for over 450 guests, as well as seven

hi-spec meeting rooms for DCU Clubs, Societies and Student Union (SU) as well as dedicated working space for use by DCU Clubs and Societies.

Other features include four multi-purpose rooms for over 350 users at maximum capacity and a dedicated student venue called 'The Hive'with maximum capacity of over 500 guests.

The centre will also include DCU's first purpose designed gender neutral toilets on campus.

It will also contain five retail outlets consisting of a bar, a convenience store, a hairdressers, a bookstore and a campus print.

On top of the construction of the new student centre, there is also the provision of new sports facilities, additional on-campus accommodation and 21st Century digital teaching spaces, all of which are being partially funded by a long term loan and bridging finance, with the remainder being provided by philanthropic donations, government grants, student contributions and funding from the university itself.

Fingal Independent