Construction work has started on the new €20m Student Centre at UL, a 3,529 square metre building set over three storeys. UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald recently joined UL Student Life President Jack Scanlan, Robert Reidy, Director of Buildings and Estates, UL and Lorcan Hoyne, Operations Director Keating Construction, to view progress on the works.

The facility, the total project cost of which is in the region of €20 million, is being funded on a partnership basis between the students and the University. The students voted in 2016 by way of referendum to fund almost 80% of the capital cost through a development levy.

The new Student Centre – a ‘Centre for Student Life’ as articulated by the students – will support the student journey through UL and will be a space where students can relax, play, be informed and supported. It is intended as a new ‘destination’ for all UL students and will add significant value to the student experience, greatly enhancing the campus for future generations. It is located in a prime front of house location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Glucksman Library.

Denise Maguire
Irish Construction Industry Magazine