BY JOHN PATRICK KIERANS

Construction of the East and Central Quads in Grangegorman is expected to begin at the end of the month.

The new facilities, which will be the home for mainly Cathal Brugha Street and Bolton Street students, is just awaiting approval from the Fire Officer.

Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning for Grangegorman, said: “an essential thing for closing the deal as well as planning permission is getting your fire search done.

“I had thought construction would have begun this week but it looks like it’s going to go into March now. It might be the end of February or the first week of March, so in the next two or three weeks.

“There is great pressure being brought and the fire officer is aware that there is a big project awaiting his approval.”

Mr Horan continued: “This is the last thing that needs to happen before we reach financial close which is when everyone actually signs the deal and then building can begin to be built the day after.

“This is the last thing we need to get over the line. We had hoped to have it but there is just some iteration going over and back.

“They asked for more information, which they are entitled to do, but this is now the final step.”

The Central Quad will house students from 10 schools, from the College of Science & Health, College of Engineering & Built Environment and the College of Arts & Tourism.

Facilities include wet & dry laboratories, the National Optometry Centre and specialist culinary arts training facilities.

The East Quad will be the home for students in the College of Creative & Cultural Industries which currently consists of seven schools.

Five of these will be accommodated within the East Quad.

The building will include a 400 seated music performance hall; music, dance and drama performance and practice spaces and also creative arts and media studios.

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