Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The administration annexe of St. Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital, Grangegorman, formerly the Richmond General Penitentiary

Despite the fact that I live not far away I have never visited Grangegorman before.

Grangegorman is located in the Dublin 7 postal district. North of the River Liffey and about 1 km from Dublin city centre, it's boundaries run along Brunswick Street North, Prussia Street and Manor Street, the North Circular Road and Phibsborough Road and Constitution Hill. Grangegorman is surrounded to the south east by Smithfield to the west by Stoneybatter, north by Cabra, to the north and east by Phibsborough / Broadstone.

Grangegorman is best known as the location of St. Brendan's Hospital which was historically the main psychiatric hospital serving the greater Dublin region.

The area is currently the subject of a major redevelopment plan under the aegis of the Grangegorman Development Agency.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter is a proposed education, health and community development by the Grangegorman Development Agency for Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Service Executive. The site's design has been provided by the American architectural firm of Moore Ruble Yudell under the direction of Irish-born Architect James Mary O'Connor.

Grangegorman, at 29 hectares, is the largest undeveloped site in the City of Dublin. It is expected that the campus will be linked to the proposed Luas extension (Line BX&D) from the city centre to Broombridge (Railway Station).

On July 17th 2012 The Grangegorman Development Agency was awarded funding from the Irish Government as part of a €2.5billion stimulus package. The first major construction project has started onsite, with the new replacement facility for St. Brendans Hopsital due to finish at the end of 2012.

The first construction work to take place as part of the new DIT campus is to start in 2013 with the temporary refurbishment of several listed buildings. These will acoommodate 1,400 staff and students, who move in 2014. A further 10,000 staff and students will move by 2017 into two major quads which are being built by public private partnerships.

When fully completed Grangegorman will cater for up to 20,000 staff and students and for the first time all 39 sites which DIT occupy will be in one place.

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