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Trinity College Dublin’s new business school officially opens

Clare O'Loughlin Clare O'Loughlin Europe Press Office, Ireland,Dublin
28 May 2019

Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, has unveiled a new Business School building at the heart of Dublin’s business district, in an opening ceremony attended by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., together with the Provost, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, and representatives from the college and the design team.

Located near the Silicon Docks and Financial Services Centre, the new 11,400m2 main building will support Trinity’s ambition to offer a “real-business educational environment”.

People attending the official opening of Trinity Business School and cutting the ribbon. People attending the official opening of Trinity Business School and cutting the ribbon.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., cuts the ribbon on the new building; helped by business students (L-R) Marie-Louise O’Callaghan, Dina Abu-Rahmeh and Henry Adedeji; joined by Chair of the TBS Advisory Board, Sean Melly; Provost, Dr. Patrick Prendergast; and Dean of the Trinity Business School, Professor Andrew Burke. Photo credit: Trinity College Dublin.

The six-storey main building provides a new home for the college’s business school which includes an innovation and entrepreneurial hub, a 600-seat auditorium, restaurant spaces, smart classrooms and a broad range of flexible teaching spaces. The building will also house the new boardroom for Trinity College Dublin.

Located on a challenging site, it neighbours modern buildings, Georgian structures, national rail infrastructure and the college rugby pitch. The site is bounded by a busy network of pedestrian routes and campus servicing arteries. 3D point cloud surveys and the use of Building Information Models played an important role in developing a clear vision for the operation of the campus in the demolition, construction and operational phases.

Trinity Business School has an excellent reputation for educating future business leaders and supporting the growth of entrepreneurship. It was a privilege to collaborate with the design team on this transformational new building, solidifying Trinity’s status as one of Europe’s leading business schools. ”

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The façade plays an important role in realising the building energy strategy. Photo credit: Trinity College Dublin.

Arup provided civil, structural, façade and ground engineering services. The façade plays an important role in realising the building energy strategy.

Our façade designers were challenged to maximise the amount of natural light and air entering the building while controlling solar heat gain and external noise and dust.


A range of bespoke façade solutions were used to overcome challenges such as direct proximity to a busy four-lane street, elevated railway lines and a large glazed south-facing atrium.

The renovation and integration of six protected structures on Pearse Street was also part of this project. These Georgian houses were restored to create student accommodation and restaurant space which will help to reanimate Pearse Street.