Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland

Alliance Award Winner of the year 2015

Client Grangegorman Development Agency, Ireland

Project Manager Grangegorman Development Agency, Ireland

The Dublin Institute of Technology is the 2nd largest university level centre for education and research in Ireland. It is moving from 39 locations around Dublin to a new city centre campus at Grangegorman.

The overall development programme involves the construction of 385,000m2 of floor space in 30 building plots over a period of 15 years. The €28 million Site Infrastructure and Public Realm project converts a 30-hectare brownfield site into a site providing all required services to the 30 building plots, whilst also creating a public park that will eventually become a living, learning park. The project timescale was just 10 months, with a fixed budget and an immovable completion date.

Using a collaborative management approach, jointly agreed objectives, open-book monitoring and a process by which problems could be escalated to the appropriate point of decision authority: the project was completed on time, within budget and to a very high quality standard.

The judges considered it to be an excellent example of how determination combined with a high level of willingness to achieve common goals can overcome challenges that normally cause huge disruption to projects.