State-of-the-art facilities in new €14.7m building
By Hayden Moore
INITIAL works have started on a new €14.7million sports facility on Technological University Dublin–Tallaght Campus.
Plans to construct a Sports Science, Health and Recreation building were given the green light in February 2019.
An artist’s impression of the sports building
Having initially applied for planning permission in October 2018 before IT Tallaght was rebranded TU Dublin–Tallaght Campus, it would appear that works have finally begun on the 41-acre campus.
The building will give students and staff access to new state-of-the-art facilities which include an indoor sports hall and teaching accommodation and associated facilities arranged over two storeys with a total floor space of 3,175 sq m.
After being given the go-ahead last year, the development is also set to include a grass playing pitch covering 140 x 90m with floodlights, scoreboard, spectator seating and ball catch nets behind the goal posts.
Some of the other associated works that go along with the development include landscaped pedestrian areas, footpaths and 56 covered bicycle-parking spaces.
The site where work took place this week
The college, in the planning application that was ultimately approved by South Dublin County Council, also sought to have 46 existing car-parking spaces demolished as part of the development.
The site of the development is located on a large green space to the right of the entrance to the college, just off the Greenhills Road and runs adjacent to the derelict former Gallaher’s site.