UCD – University College Dublin (Sutherland School of Law)

  • Client: University College Dublin
  • Architect: Moloney O’Beirne
  • Value(€ million): €15m
  • Completion date: 2013
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

A new 3 storey 6,117m2 Law Building, built within the university’s landmark Gateway Development and provides a modern innovative space for teaching and learning legal skills. The building incorporates three lecture theatres (100 seat, 200 seat and 320 seat), also smaller seminar rooms to meet the changing legal education requirements, office accommodation and ancillary space.

This first phase of the Gateway project required substantial civils works with diversions of existing services and roadways to accommodate the new campus layouts. This was completed in 2010.

The structure of the building is concrete flat slab and columns for the office area with the central three storey high atrium area and the lecture theatres constructed in structural steel. Structural steel was utilised here due to large spans are the requirements to be column free.

The Moot Court on the ground floor has a 10m x 10m concrete transfer slab over to support the upper two stories. There are two ‘hanging’ concrete stairs at the rear of the building, which hung from roof level. There is also a 5m cantilever of the upper two stories of the building.

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