Irish Film School
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Co. Dublin
Client: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art,
Design & Technology
Services Provided: C&S Engineering Services
Project Duration: 2010 – 2013
The purpose-built Irish Film School was designed to integrate the creative and historic culture of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology campus.
The three-storey building provides 1500m² of studios space, including blue-screen studios, radio studios, lecture rooms and support facilities. In the 6m height shooting studio ‘concrete box’, services were cast into the walls to offer fair-faced concrete walls and slabs throughout. Ensuring a high quality finish, the construction technique also provides a sustainable design, with concrete mix specified up to 65% GGBS concrete.
A cantilever section at the front entrance connects to existing studios in the adjacent 19th century building, ‘The Quadrangle,’ at two floor levels to form an integrated educational Hub. Within a congested area of the campus, the needs and requirements of the existing students and staff needed to be considered during the design process, and consultation with stakeholders followed right through to construction. A structural solution was developed to minimise disruption to use of the existing building and to minimise the construction works and duration so that the existing weathering could remain in place for as long as possible.