Thursday, May 15 16:21:47
A new E9.5m state of the art further education college building has been completed on Main Street in Blackrock, County Dublin.
This major new development, which has been funded by the Department of Education and Skills, was designed by award winning architects McCullough Mulvin, and built by Collen Construction.
It will become the new home for Senior College Dun Laoghaire which will move to the new premises in early June and will rebrand as Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI).
The handover ceremony was attended by An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs; Deirdre Hanamy, College Principal; Cllr. Jane Dillon Byrne, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDLETB).
With excellent new facilities, Blackrock Further Education Institute, which is one of the largest dedicated Further Education Colleges in the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, will serve the skills development and education needs of the local community and beyond, catering for over 1,000 full and part time students, when it opens for its first academic year in September. Modern new facilities include computer laboratories, design studios, and beauty salons and an ICT learning centre which will benefit school leavers and adults returning to education. The campus also includes social areas for students and a modern cafeteria.
This new building combines the original Blackrock Town Hall, Carnegie Library and Municipal Technical School - protected structures from the 1860s and early 1900s which have been sensitively preserved and integrated by McCullough Mulvin Architects, into a modern new centre of education in Blackrock. The development includes the refurbished Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council's Blackrock Library.