Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology

DIT Grangegorman serves the needs of the Dublin School of Creative Arts, a constituent part of DIT.

Dublin Institute of Technology

DIT needed their programmes and facilities to be centred in one complex, so they would have an interdisciplinary space where they could achieve their goal of a creating innovative art and design, which would help people and society see the world in new and different ways.

In 2014, Theatreplan were approached to help the team to design this new campus building. Following a very thorough period of engagement with user groups and client technical advisers, the Sisk / FCC Joint Venture secured the project and were contracted continued with the scheme design, with Theatreplan working alongside.

Our work focuses on the principle performing arts spaces (Performance Hall, Recital Hall, Black Box Theatre, TV Studio) but also covers recording studios, video edit booths, practice rooms, store rooms and other supporting spaces. Our design scope covers venue and auditorium planning along with technical systems design. This includes seating and sightlines, stage engineering, lighting, sound and AV. The rooms provide a safe and accessible working environment, designed to be as approachable as possible for young artists. The venues are linked with infrastructure to support recording, broadcast and archival of performances to encourage cross department collaboration.

With a diverse range of users, each with their own (often competing) requirements, part of our role as specialist designers is to guide the client team through the challenges and possible solutions of these complex spaces. It is important that the user consultation continues throughout the periods of detailed design and construction, so the client team feel a sense of ownership of the facility and really get a sense of feeling at home, when they walk into the finished building in 2020.

Images by AHR Architects.