€25 million to upgrade main building at University of Limerick

The main building at the University of Limerick.

THE University of Limerick has been approved for a €25 million capital investment to refurbish and extend the main building at the heart of the Castletroy campus.

The project will involve a 9,462 square metre extension and 2,823 square metre refurbishment of the 36,000 square metre building which was constructed in the late 1970s.

It will also facilitate a growth in student numbers, meeting existing and emerging knowledge and skills at a regional and national level.

UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said the funding would enable a complete transformation of the main building and its surrounding spaces.

“The project will include the development of digitally enhanced active learner spaces that will place student needs at its heart and create a critical mass of digitally transformed laboratories to facilitate essential in-person teaching and research-led learning activities,” she explained.

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“It will regenerate and reconnect existing spaces to make them fit for purpose in line with advanced pedagogies and further embracing a research-led culture.

“These spaces will enable development of our curriculum and approach to teaching, enhancing the student experience and addressing critical skills needs for the knowledge economy.

“The project will advance the attainment of climate action targets. The existing structure is one of the poorest performing buildings on campus in terms of CO2 emissions and both electrical and thermal consumption. The building’s energy performance will be significantly improved by this project,” Professor Mey added.