Sheppard Robson unveils masterplan for Dublin City University

19th October 2020

The new multi-campus strategy will shape the sustainable long-term future of the University, enhancing student experience whilst promoting their international status.

Sheppard Robson has designed a vision for a new multi-campus masterplan that will help define the University’s estate over the next ten years and assist Dublin City University (DCU) to continue to evolve and grow as a world class educational institution.

DCU is a large vibrant community encompassing staff, students, visitors and the local community. The new DCU Masterplan charts an imaginative and ambitious plan for the forward-looking University that values excellence and creativity, whilst building on the achievements and unique history of its campuses since its first student intake in 1980. The masterplan identifies future development opportunities, enhances the campus environment and assists in competing for students both nationally and internationally.

The masterplan will improve the staff and student experience on-campus, while providing additional campus services and facilities for a growing University community. Within the masterplans design, the public realm will provide additional external study and social spaces, while improving visual connectivity throughout. The vision for the masterplan includes further understanding the opportunities for refurbishment, remodelling and new-build elements.

A key part of the project is ensuring DCU meets the current and future demands of students, supporting a plan for sustainable long-term growth. As of 2020, the University has 17,400 students across the campuses. In addition, the University has around 1,200 online distance education students studying through DCU ‘Connected.’ The University foresees further growth through the expansion of its teaching, research and enterprise engagement activities.

Whilst increased capacity and quality are key, the masterplan further connects the campuses (via identified travel routes, new entrance points and infrastructural proposals) to create an integrated multi-campus University. The spirit of integration may also be seen in the future arrangement of faculties on the campuses, allowing for the careful balance of consolidation of particular departments with cross curricular activity.

More broadly, the masterplan collectively identifies the opportunities for greater integration with local communities (both to the city in the south and to the communities in the north) by addressing sustainable transport and energy objectives, inter-campus connectivity strategies and the integration of smart technology.

Ahead of the implementation of the masterplan, work on Sheppard Robson’s Future-Tech Building—a STEM facility and home to the School of Health & Human Performance department—is currently underway. The new building will form the ‘gateway’ to the Glasnevin campus in the future.