The €95m project is expected to be completed in 2025
The RCSI has officially launched the construction phase of its campus development in Dublin city centre, at 118 St Stephen’s Green.
The €95m expansion project, also known as Project Connect, will provide vital infrastructure for pioneering health sciences research and innovation, as well as creating a space for local community engagement.
“This project will deliver a world class connected inner city campus increasing the available footprint by over 12,500 square meters, linking as it does the modern facility of 26 York Street with St Stephen’s Green,” explained RCSI President Ronan O’Connell, speaking with IMT about the launch.
A key design element of 118 St Stephen’s Green is its physical link to RCSI’s presence at 26 York Street, significantly opening up RCSI’s education space for the estimated 3,000 students and staff who visit the campus daily for study, work and extracurricular activities.
The development will be home to the new RCSI School of Population Health, the RCSI Graduate School of Healthcare Management, and a 50 sqm virtual reality surgical training space for the National Surgical Training Centre.
It will allow for the introduction of new concepts such as learning communities and provide includes small group teaching spaces and flexible flat floor teaching spaces.
Another key purpose of the project is to enhance RCSI’s research and innovation activities, providing up to three floors of state-of-the-art laboratory, write-up and support facilities for existing and new research programmes and initiatives.
The development will renew RCSI’s connection St Stephen’s Green by becoming the new ‘front door’ of the campus. It will include a new civic engagement space for public events and exhibitions, aligning with RCSI’s goal of enabling people to live long and healthy lives.
The development at 118 St Stephen’s Green is supported by funding from the European Investment Bank and AIB. The project construction and design team includes Henry J Lyons Architects, Linesight Quantity Surveyors, OCSC Structural Engineers, Axis Mechanical & Electrical Consultants and Bennett Construction Ltd.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2025.