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NUI GALWAY REFURBISHMENT

Facts

Complex refurbishment project comprising three separate parts: new main entrance foyers, over two levels connecting the largest buildings on Campus; the enclosure of a courtyard; and the refurbishment of the university’s main student restaurant, An Bhialann. The project also involved external improvement works and improvements to the podium and historic fabric of the buildings within the campus

Floor Area    
1850 m²


 



Features

The wide ranging and complex brief was to improve accessibility and connectivity between existing and proposed buildings in one of the busiest areas on the Campus with more than 35,000 pedestrian trips taking place every day.

A dramatic glass and stone entrance enclosure over sails the Newcastle Canal providing a covered link for the first time between the main buildings on the Campus.The existing open courtyard was underused and flooded the restaurant during heavy rain. Our design solution to University’s brief was to provide a direct pedestrian bridge over the courtyard to the Eastern Hub flanked by four glazed light wells or ‘pods’ which provided natural daylight into the restaurant below.

Working within an existing University Environment, Reddy Architecture + Urbanism the Challenging and complex project was completed in the allocated timeframe of 9 weeks. The project also involved the refurbishment of the internal environment of the restaurant and the expansion of the adjacent commercial area.

The individual elements of the project have combined to enhance the University environment and improve pedestrian flow within this area. Uses high quality natural materials indigenous to Ireland allowed the project to remain sensitive to its immediate context of the campus and the surrounding city.





NUI Galway Refurbishment, NUIG, Galway