College posts tender for demolition of Oisín House

Elements of the Printing House are also to be demolished according to the tender


College on Thursday posted a tender for the demolition of the Oisín House Building, along with parts of the Printing House, storage spaces by the Pearse Street gate and numerous walls within the site as part of its €52 million Oisín House redevelopment project.

College’s tender for demolition also includes responsibility for “slit trenching to identify any unknown services present, archaeological monitoring of below ground excavations, works to an existing protected structure and additional sundry demolition and investigation works”.

The planning permission proposal, submitted on the 6th of November 2015 to Dublin City Council, involves the demolition of both Oisín House and the ancillary extensions to the Printing House to make way for a seven-storey student accommodation and sports complex.

In the planner’s report for the project, DCC expresses some concern over the shape of the proposed redevelopment, particularly from certain parts of campus and Pearse Street. It cites views like the one below as showing an example of that, though says CGI images do not give a proper understanding into how the building with fit with campus.

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It recommends that a scale working model of the development be constructed in order to assist with a “fuller understanding” of how the building would look.

An Taisce in their submission to DCC objected to the proposed development, stating that the intention to expand the size of Oisin House was “not necessary or desirable.”

DCC also requested that College clarify the conservation plan for the Printing House,currently the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, to ensure its future within the campus.

Built in 1734 by architect Richard Cassels, the Printing House is listed as a protected structure under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act 2000.

The proposed construction of the 13,825.4 sq.m. building is, according to An Taisce, “[an] exercise in floor space maximisation at the expense of an area of great historic, architectural and civic design sensitivity.”

College intends for the new Oisin House development to provide accommodation for 278 students, along with space for the relocation of some sports facilities, the College health centre and the College disability service. Last month Trinity News reported on plans to provide facilities for DU Rifle Club in the basement of Oisin House, a measure which caused some concern among board members.

On 10 December last year, the deadline for lodging planning observations and objections against the project passed. Two objections from Trinity alumni were received by DCC, one stating that “the height and mass of the building are totally unacceptable in such close proximity to the Trinity College main campus”, with the other declaring the building “a monstrosity”, and threatening to “withdraw from Trinity alumni and fundraising activities if the project proceeds.”

Speaking about objections to the project to Trinity News at the time, the dean of students professor Kevin O’Kelly stated that “while two outside parties made comments we are confident we can address their concerns. It is particularly gratifying that no concerns were raised from the surrounding community.”

Matthew Mulligan

Matthew is Editor for the 62nd volume of Trinity News. He is a Sociology and Social Policy graduate and was previously Deputy Editor of tn2 Magazine.