The new Sutherland School of Law is a part two storey, part three storey building comprising 6,117 sq. m. that will cater for 1,500 students and staff and include an innovative purpose built Clinical Legal Education Centre and moot court (where students learn how to present cases in a courtroom setting). This will benefit students, academics and the legal professions, and others associated with the law in practice such as mediators, arbitrators, expert witnesses (e.g. medical, forensic, and economic) and tribunals.
The School will strengthen Ireland’s growing international reputation as a location for the study and research of law. It will also enhance the number of highly skilled graduates in a sector that will play an important role in meeting Ireland’s knowledge economy objectives.
General planning advice was provided to the client and design team in the lead up to the lodgement of the planning application together with the preparation of the application documentation. A planning report was prepared to accompany the application which established the merits of the proposed development within the context of the University’s Campus Development Plan and set out the planning case for the granting of permission.
Planning permission was granted in May 2010 and the building is projected to be completed by late 2011.
University College Dublin
Moloney O’Beirne Architects
Michael Punch and Partners Engineers
Mitchell+Associates, Landscape Architects
Images: Moloney O’Beirne Architects.