“U” Building, Dublin City University

MOLA Architecture led a single point design team to deliver phase 1 of the DCU Capital Development Program (2015-2021). Located on the DCU Glasnevin Campus, the “U” Building was the second building project delivered concurrently under this appointment. The works comprised a 3,600sqm three storey extension, alongside a 2,600sqm refurbishment and upgrade programme to the existing HUB Building to provide a 6,200sqm Student Union complex.

The “U” Building funded completely by students levies and benefactors, is a purpose-built Student Union facility, housing a broad range of activities and support services, to serve the needs of DCU’s rapidly growing student community, now numbering over 17,000. The building provides a wide variety of informal social spaces, meeting rooms, larger multipurpose spaces and a central “all hands” open auditorium to reflect the requirements of a dynamic young university. The building design is orientated around the central auditorium space which rises from ground to roof level connecting the diverse building uses. The building since opening has been used as a space for student balls, political demonstrations, musical performances and as a conference venue.

“U” Building, Dublin City University
Floor Area: 6,200 sqm (3600 sqm New Build & 2600 sqm Refurbishment)
Appointment: October 2015
Completion: September 2018



Client: Dublin City University
Integrated Design Team Lead/Architects: MOLA Architecture
Project Manager: Turner Townsend
Quantity Surveyor Turner Townsend
C+S Consultant OCSC
M&E Consultant OCSC
Fire Consultants Jeremy Gardner Associates
PSDP Malone Group
Acoustic Consultants AWN Consulting
Main Contractor Duggan Brothers (Construction) Ltd