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Re: university of limerick

Postby Goofy » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:55 pm

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New Medical School

Concept planning of the Medical School has commenced.This development is on the North Bank between Cappavilla and the Health Sciences Building. Adjacent to the Medical School will be a new student residence with 50 en-suite study bedrooms. Commencement is targeted for September 2008, to be completed by December 2009.

Lero Building

Funding for a new research building for LERO was approved by the HEA under Cycle 4 of the PRTLI. A design team is to appointed shortly. The target is to complete construction by September 2009.

Presidents House

A new presidential house will be situated on the North Bank of the campus. Commencement is targeted for September 2008, to be completed by August 2009.



Does anyone have any more information on these projects. Cant seem to find anything on the Limerick or Clare Co. Council websites.
The University says it plans to complete the Lero building and the Presidents house within 20 months. Thats a bit ambitious seeing that there is no sign of planning permission for either
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Re: university of limerick

Postby vkid » Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:20 pm

Goofy wrote:Does anyone have any more information on these projects. Cant seem to find anything on the Limerick or Clare Co. Council websites.
The University says it plans to complete the Lero building and the Presidents house within 20 months. Thats a bit ambitious seeing that there is no sign of planning permission for either


Would they not be on the Clare side of the campus?

edit..only half read your post. sorry!
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:24 pm

Professor Merritt Bucholz delivers inaugural lecture.

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Professor Merritt Bucholz, Head of the School of Architecture at UL who delivered his Inaugural Lecture at UL recently. The Chicago-born architect, took up the position of Head of the newly established School of Architecture at UL in 2005.

Professor Bucholz has been involved in producing such award-winning buildings as Fingal County Hall, in Swords, and Limerick County Hall, in Dooradoyle and is one half of the partnership that makes up the award winning Bucholz McEvoy Architects, who have also designed the glazed "welcome pavilions" for Government Buildings in Merrion Street and, more recently, Leinster House.

Merritt's continuation with his Dublin based business means that he can continue to offer our students the advantage of his real life experience in the industry. He can present to them real and relevant challenges thus helping to shape the minds of those who will shape our future environment.

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:39 pm

The living bridge by night – changing colours

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:46 pm

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Building

Pictured are Architect Daniel Cordier, Bernard McNamara, Professor Don Barry, UL President and John O'Connor, President Emeritus, University of Limerick.

Building contracts have this morning been signed for the construction of the €20million Irish World Academy of Music and Dance building at the University of Limerick. The unique building has been designed specifically to combine the elements of teaching and performance, by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition in 2004. Michael McNamara & Company Ltd. today signed contracts to handle the building of the structure, which will commence immediately.

The Irish World Academy building will accommodate two performance workshop theatres, the Tower Theatre and the Sionna Theatre. The Tower Theatre, which is designed in an atrium style, scales from the bottom floor to the top of the building and finishes with a circular window to the sky. The tower, which can hold 80 people, will contain an awe-inspiring Pipe Organ making it an ideal venue for chant and voice performance. Holding up to 200 people, the Sionna Theatre has been designed as a musical laboratory, with sprung timber parquet dance floors to facilitate dance performance.

The Irish World Academy building will also feature, a green room for performers, performance control rooms, recording spaces, a researchers area for 40 students, music performance practice rooms and dance performance studios. The building will also accommodate a computer suite, along with multi purpose music/ speech classroom studios and tutorial rooms as well as academic and administration offices and a cafe.
The design of the new building includes 'a performance entrance forecourt' to the open area immediately adjacent to the Academy's front entrance.

The recently opened Living Bridge will merge with this Plaza, on the Clare side of the UL Campus. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Building will operate as a naturally ventilated building with minimal mechanical ventilation to reduce its long-term carbon footprint. The design utilised weather data from Shannon airport to understand the microclimate and to design the independent below ground plenum air supplies to the two Theatres incorporated into the design.

Dr Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and founder/director of the Irish World Academy said that he was 'particularly delighted that this elegant and beautiful building was being constructed by Michael McNamara & Co, whose origins are in County Clare. Given that the building is being built on the county Clare side of the University of Limerick campus, and given the recognition of Clare as the premier county for traditional music and dance in Ireland, I expect jigs and reels to come out of the walls'

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance was founded in 1994 as a research and postgraduate study centre in cross-cultural music and dance. Currently offering twelve degree programmes, it hosts in excess of 260 full-time students from 25 countries.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:53 pm

Kemmy Business School

Here a few images of the finished building. JP McManus and the late Jim Kemmy would have been very pleased with it.

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:30 pm

Irish Chamber Orchestra Hall

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Located in Cappavilla Village this will be the dedicated home of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The practice hall will serve as a function venue for the Cappavilla residents and the building will also incorporate a new shop/coffee bar for residents. (Source UL)

Two views of the finished product.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby Goofy » Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:43 pm

The application for the Presedents Resedence has been submitted to Clare County Council. It can be seen here.

The plans show the University's intentions for the North campus. When you step off the Pedestrian Bridge you are greeted by a plaza flanked by the Health Science building and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance building on either side (post 55). Through the gap between these buildings is another larger pedestrian plaza. to the east of this plaza is the road to the Presedents Residence. To the north are the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building and Cappavilla Village and to the west is the main spine road and carparking.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:16 pm

Goofy wrote:The application for the Presedents Resedence has been submitted to Clare County Council. It can be seen here.


From the documents it seems to be quite a large site, pity that the image quality is somewhat poor to appreciate the building’s design.

Curiously the nearby bungalow will have to be demolished shortly before the President’s Residence is finished.

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For demolition of a single storey dwelling house 87 sq. metres on site circa O.148 hectares Garraun, Clonlara, Co. Clare

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:21 pm

Glucksman Library

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Construction of a new library building adjacent to the Glucksman Library & Information Services Building, together with associated site works.

Application finalised 21/06/2007

Below is a rough outline sketch of the proposed extension. Anybody information to its building schedule?

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Re: university of limerick

Postby Tuborg » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:04 pm

This is going to be built under a Public Private Partnership so its one of those design, build, finance and operate agreements. The project was given the go-ahead by the government late last year and the tendering process was said to have begun straight away.

There was some preliminary works talking place on the site towards the end of last term (May) so I presume the start of construction cant be too far away, possibly September.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:44 pm

Giant Flag Poles

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They are situated at the main entrance and were funded by the University’s own Foundation. They look like the masts of a sailing ship and I believe they were erected by an English company called Spencer Rigging who seem to specialise in sailing?

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They also got a coat of varnish this summer as the University has quite a few structures now with wooden facades which blend in well with its landscaped surroundings.

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Re: university of limerick

Postby Goofy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:40 pm

I was under the impression that the were the masts off of an old sailing ship. They were salvaged and erected here. I could be wrong though.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:28 pm

Irish Chamber Orchestra to move to €3m campus studio

By Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner

THE Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) based at the University of Limerick is preparing to move into a new €3.4 million studio building, on campus, later this month.

Since the orchestra’s relocation to Limerick in 1995, it has been orchestra-in-residence at the university.

A spokesperson said: “Over this time it became clear that a dedicated building with rehearsal /recording studio and office space for the orchestra’s administration would offer the ICO freedom and flexibility to develop not only its artistic policy but its education and
outreach activities”

A partnership with UL has now allowed the orchestra realise its dream.

With financial support from the Department of Arts, UL, Limerick City and County Councils and other private donations the ICO work commenced last year on its new home.

The spokesperson said: “The new studio provides rehearsal and recording facilities for the orchestra and allows it to expand its education remit, enabling schoolchildren and other members of the outreach community to come and work with the orchestra on an ongoing basis.

“It is a unique resource for orchestra, campus and the wider community.”

At the hub is a double-height 300-square-metre rehearsal studio with soloist and conductor rehearsal rooms, instrument store room, musicians’ common room and, upstairs, spacious office accommodation for the ICO’s administrative team.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:20 pm

Goofy wrote:I was under the impression that the were the masts off of an old sailing ship. They were salvaged and erected here. I could be wrong though.


they were designed by de Blacam and Meagher after an International competition
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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:24 pm

Buildings and Estates

UL have just upgraded their site above, here new link.

Campus map updated, here link.

Alas links to images from previous posts have also changed. :mad:

Boathouse Pedestrian Bridge IWMC Schumann Buildings Kemmy Business School ICO Hall
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Re: university of limerick

Postby Tuborg » Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:31 pm

Medical School Update


The University of Limerick has received planning permission from Clare County Council to build a €12M medical school on the north side of the campus. It is hoped that construction will begin on site next summer with work completed by September 2010.

The four storey building has a total floor area of 4,295 square metres and will include a landscaped garden and a piazza. The building will consist of clinical skills practice labs, seminar rooms, lecture areas, a cafeteria and offices.

Plans for the building were drawn up by the Dublin-based firm, Grafton Architects, while Limerick quantity surveyors Nolan Ryan and consultants White Young Green were awarded the key contract to supply services for the proposed building.

"This medical school building will be an excellent addition to the university. It is a vital teaching facility which will enable medical students to gain relevant experience in a realistic setting", said Brian Hand, director of the buildings and estates department at the university.

UL's graduate entry medical school is one of only two in the country and the only school to use the innovative approach of problem-based learning with a focus on law, ethics, psychology and management as well as the basic sciences.

Some 500 students applied for the graduate entry medical course last year, of whom 32 were accepted. Founding director of the university's graduate medical school, Prof Paul Finucane, said these students "will become pioneers of a new age in medical education in Ireland".

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:50 pm

Orchestral manoeuvres on the campus

The funding and building of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's new home in Limerick is a rare example of a plan carried out in collective harmony, reports Arminta Wallace

WE DON'T HEAR many good-news stories in these days of doom and gloom; but today's official opening of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's new building, on the campus of the University of Limerick (UL), is putting smiles on lots of faces.

Designed by Project Architects in collaboration with specialist acousticians AWN Consulting, the gleaming new block on the college's north campus incorporates a state-of-the-art rehearsal room, an instrument storeroom and a musicians' common room as well as office accommodation for the orchestra's administrative team.

"It became obvious to me about five years ago that we needed to develop our own home," says the ICO's chief executive, John Kelly, one of the driving forces behind the project. "When the orchestra relocated to UL in 1995, I was actually the guy who relocated. There wasn't anybody else." Once established within the university, however, the ICO quickly began to grow. "We brought Fionnuala Hunt on board, we contracted 13 players, and I hired two other people to work . . . in the office."

As the university itself developed, rehearsal space became harder to find. "At first we rehearsed in the Bourn Vincent Gallery. But it was being developed as an art gallery, and as more exhibitions were hung it became less and less possible for us to rehearse there. We also shared space with the Irish world academy of music and dance, but as their programmes grew it became more difficult to access that space, too. The primary function of the university is, after all, education. When we found ourselves having to rehearse off-campus in Killaloe, I realised that we were going to have to build our own space."

To hear Kelly tell the story of the new building, you'd think that getting a €3.5 million project out of cloud cuckoo land and into the real world is something of a breeze. It began with an approach to UL's vice-president for physical development, John O'Connor. As a result of this conversation the university gifted a site to the orchestra - which, Kelly says, was even more generous than it sounds.

"The site is in the context of a major development of student residencies on campus - a 500-bed complex - so it meant that things like sewerage, pipes, all of that, was already in place. We were, in effect, given a fully serviced site." With the support of the ICO board, especially its deputy chair, Ed Walsh - a former president of UL and a man who has a reputation for putting ideas into action - Kelly sought government approval for a public-private partnership. "The Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism responded very quickly," he says. "They saw the opportunity to build a 900sq m home for the ICO for a relatively small amount of money.

So they committed 50 per cent. Limerick city and county put in €50,000 each. We capitalised some rent from the university, which gave us another slice of funding, and we raised €800,000 from private donors.
"Everything just flowed. Everything fell into place," Kelly says. "But then, this was a good deal for the government. It was a good deal for the ICO. It was a good deal for the University of Limerick. It was a good deal for Limerick."

It was also a matter of good timing, though, surely? Who would try to get a project such as this off the ground in the current climate?

"Well, you know, when I first mooted this idea I was told that it wouldn't happen," says Kelly. "As a matter of fact I was told I'd never get the funding for the orchestra itself, never mind the building. But you don't let circumstances dictate where you're going in life. You have a vision, and you get on with it."

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The state-of-the-art rehearsal room, which seats up to 200.

THE AIM OF the ICO has always been, he says, to develop an ensemble that could compete with the best chamber orchestras in the world. "What we've really done here from the beginning is facilitate talent - and now we can go on doing that. We have much more freedom to rehearse, to develop education and outreach programmes. We have our own recording facility. We have a music library."

Having all the admin staff in one place will also, he hopes, make the orchestra's life easier. "Now we're all together we can function as a team. And when the orchestra is rehearsing downstairs, we're immediately accessible to them." Already, he says, the new environment is prompting members of the orchestra to suggest new musical initiatives. "Although it's not primarily designed as a performance space, the rehearsal room can hold - with the orchestra - about 180 to 200 people. Various chamber music series will definitely . . . develop - and it's also a place where we could do some experimental, cutting-edge contemporary work."

So, when Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism Martin Cullen cuts the ribbon on the new building today, it will be the dawn of a new era for the ICO. The new building gives the orchestra - according to Kelly - a huge advantage over other chamber orchestras of a similar size. "I don't know of any chamber orchestra that owns its own studio and office complex," he says. "We're unique in that context. It's like we're not waiting on the bus any more. We have our own transport here now."

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Re: university of limerick

Postby CologneMike » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:01 pm

Briain wrote:The School of Architecture is moving into Kings Island for 4th and 5th year design studio, the first class will be moving in at the start of September. Actually, the whole school might be out there for a week or two, not sure yet. They're going into St.Munchin's church.

Although your proposal sounds quite interesting also. There were a few different options and locations for the school, none of which was to construct a new building however (afaik)


Looks like as if the School of Architecture has now taken up residency in the old St. Munchin’s Church.

School Of Architecture UL ~ Society Of Architecture Talk

Tuesday November 25th @ 18h00 Venue: St. Munchin's Church, Kings Island

"Where are You? Talks on practice and place"

SofA are holding a talk in St. Munchin's Church next Tuesday November 25th entitled "Where Are You? Talks on practice and place".

The speakers are young Limerick architects Declan Feeney, Jim Corbett, Maria Donaghue and Morgan Flynn

Musical accompaniment will be provided by UL students.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Re: university of limerick

Postby mitchell » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:58 am

Tuborg wrote:This is going to be built under a Public Private Partnership so its one of those design, build, finance and operate agreements. The project was given the go-ahead by the government late last year and the tendering process was said to have begun straight away.

There was some preliminary works talking place on the site towards the end of last term (May) so I presume the start of construction cant be too far away, possibly September.


Any progress on this, im assuming that all the recent digging and laying of pipes around the library is unrelated?
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Re: university of limerick

Postby dave123 » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:28 am

I must take a look at UL one of the day's. The picture's are really impressive. It's like a town there now. As it was once had a village feel when I nosed around and that was years ago.

How many people are housed/working/studying here in total, including and lectures.
UL is one of the most popular colllege's now in the country, judging from most of my peers:D
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Re: university of limerick

Postby bonzer1again » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:53 pm

Here are some stats on the University....hope this helps.
UL has 11,000 students and 1,300 staff. There are 5 residential villages on campus offering 2,400 rooms. The University Campus extends to over 132 hectares (327 acres) with a total built space of 190,379 square metres (2.05 million square feet) across 27 buildings. As of January 2009, there are 2107 parking spaces provided on the South Bank and 200 on the North Bank.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby Goofy » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:27 pm

mitchell wrote:Any progress on this, im assuming that all the recent digging and laying of pipes around the library is unrelated?


I presume the pipe laying was rerouting the pipework that runs under the site so they dig out the foundations of the new library without any danger of breaking any pipes.
It was mentioned in the student paper, an Focal, that construction was due to be begin soon, either end of this semester of begining of the next, im not too sure. They have an online version of the paper but it doesnt seem to have been updated at all recently. There is still no indication of any designs though.

A planning application has been lodged with Clare county council "to construct 28 no. student apartments to comprise 22 no. 4 bedroom units, and 6 no. 2 bedroom units, to be provided in three seperate apartment buildings, ranging from five to six floors with a total combined floor area of 3,600m2 with associated hard and soft landscaping and ancillary works on the University's Clare Campus." the decision is due today.

The university also has planning permission to extend the the Arena and the track building. Construction was supposed to begin some time back if i remember correctly, but as of yet the only thing done is they have moved the jacuzzi in the arena.
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Re: university of limerick

Postby mitchell » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:11 pm

more student accomodation, Was that an extension to capavilla student village or a new one all together?
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Re: university of limerick

Postby Goofy » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:02 pm

The planning permission i mentioned above has been granted.

Mitchell - They will be right beside cappavilla, where the private house is at the moment, but it doesnt really look like an extension.

They have started the ground works for the Presidents Residence and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance is up to roof level and is coming along nicely. Not sure if its been mentioned here already, but the last piece of the Milstream Courtyard develpment, the Languages Building, opened at the start of this semester. Im sure someone with a nice camera wouldnt mind going for a stroll around the campus and throwing up a few picture for ye:D .

Also, i have heard of plans for a 'Synthetic City' on the north bank. 4 floodlit, synthetic pitches, 1 rugby, 1 soccer, 1 GAA, and 1 hockey. along with changing facilities.
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