An international competition was organised to masterplan a new university campus on redundant institutional lands in the centre of Dublin. Grangegorman comprises 29 hectares / 72 acres of predominantly green field site located within walking distance of all city centre amenities and transport links. OMP led a design team that included Metropolitan Workshop and Feilden Clegg Bradley in preparing the submission which was placed second in the competition.
The brief required the amalgamation of five disparate technical university faculties in one location and the creation of a street based plan that connects the future university back into the surrounding city structure. A population of up to 30000 people is envisaged for the site which will also include a large regional healthcare facility.
Our masterplan concept proposed a bow shaped ‘Broadwalk’ that curved through the site from east to west linking a series of new urban spaces and squares. Both sides of the tree lined boulevard would have an active frontage with retail spaces, bars and cafes alternating with the entrances to academic departments and to student residences towers above. The two ends of the curved ‘bow’ are connected by a straight line ‘string’ which forms a pedestrian route bisecting the site, running adjacent to new playing fields and connecting the two principle public squares. A pattern of smaller streets, laneways and amenity spaces radiate from the Broadwalk and connect with the surrounding city streets and suburban roads. A series of fine listed Victorian buildings are woven into the fabric of the faculty plans to anchor many of the new squares and to compliment the contemporary design envisaged for the campus.