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Construction of the National Film School, a three-storey building located within the campus of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, consists of some 1500m² of specialist Film and Blue-Screen studios, Radio studios, lecture rooms, and support facilities in a new, state-of-the-art facility that connects with existing studios in an adjacent C19th building – ‘The Quadrangle’ to form an integrated educational Hub. The highly serviced building involved the integration and co-ordination of significant mechanical, electrical and specialist studio and TV equipment within the proposed structure to provide a TV studio facility that meets the highest international standards in terms of the built fabric, information technology and acoustics. A new landscape strategy consisting of a ramped approach and sunken forecourt defines the main entrance where a concrete cantilever forms a generous porte-cochere. Printed glass art-work based on early cinematographic imagery contrasts with extensive use of fair-faced concrete to create a unique identity for the NFS within the IADT campus. Construction began on  Aug 2012 and completed in Aug 2013.

Key Facts / Information:

Client Dun Laoghaire IADT
Architect ABK Architects
Civil / Structural Engineers Michael Punch & Partners
M&E Engineer Homan O'Brien
Location DunLaoghaire, Co. Dublin
Duration 12 months
Value €5,500,000