The new DIT Grangegorman Campus reimagines Dublin’s north inner city.
Young people are the future. It’s why we cherish them and invest in them. That’s not to say that everybody would necessarily be thrilled at the prospect of 20,000 students arriving on their doorstep, which is exactly what will happen at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s formidable new Grangegorman Campus. Thanks to meticulous planning and a comprehensive vision of what the whole area will become, however, this dramatic swelling of Grangegorman’s population is being anticipated with something resembling excitement.
DIT has a long history in Dublin, dating back some 125 years, but the Grangegorman site has played an important role in Dubliners’ lives for even longer, particularly when it came to state institutions. It has played home to a workhouse, prison and psychiatric facility, and as such was walled off from the local community, and the world at large.
This new DIT campus will see the site reimagined and fully reintegrated; the initial response has been massively positive. Last year, the Grangegorman Development Agency received the Royal Planning Institute’s President’s Award, with the RPI commending the project as being ‘an exemplar of quality master planning and attention to detail’, pointing out many of its admirable facets, notably that the planning will directly serve different socio-economic groups, with good public transport connections and high quality heritage conservation.
At present, the campus already plays home to over 1,000 students of art, design, photography, social sciences and visual communications – that number will rise to the aforementioned 20K plus students and staff when the next phases of the development are implemented. What’s most immediately apparent is the diverse and multicultural nature of the student body, in tune with the surrounding area’s constantly evolving pan-global community.