Photograph of the development nearing completion on the UL campus.
A new facility is currently nearing completion on the University of Limerick campus to provide a venue for public and university events, visitor accommodation and a residence for the President of the University. This development has been entirely funded through private, philanthropic donations and will further enhance UL's reputation as a leading education provider. In line with similar facilities in other Irish and international universities, it will facilitate a wide range of campus functions and events.
A design by award-winning Irish architect Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects was selected for the development. Shelley McNamara is a renowned Irish architect and member of Aosdána. Grafton Architects have won a number of accolades including the Civic Trust Award for the Department of Finance building in Dublin and the World Building of the Year Award for the Universita Luigi Bocconi. Grafton Architects have designed a number of educational facilities both nationally and internationally including the Mechanical Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin, Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy.
The house has been designed and built to achieve an A3 Building Energy Rating. This means that compared to a house built to current building regulations it is twice as efficient to run, with environmental features such as increased insulation, geothermal and solar heating and a whole house heat recovery system.
Speaking of the new development, UL President Professor Don Barry said "UL is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live on campus while I am President. I look forward to welcoming visitors and colleagues to the house in the coming months and years and to the benefits that this fine building will bring to UL in the future".