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RMJM gets go-ahead for new university building in Galway - images

RMJM has been given the green light for a new on-campus engineering school at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

The £36 million project, which has just received funding from the Irish Government, will be the university's largest single development to date and will bring together all five of the institution's existing engineering departments under one roof.

Overlooking the River Corrib, the new 14,000m 2building will house facilities for nearly 1,500 students, including engineering laboratories, workshops, computer suites and lecture rooms.

The project is the practice's second commission from the university in the last two years and was won in collaboration with local firm Taylor Architects in March 2005.

The architect in charge of the scheme, practice director Gordon Hood, said: 'We are delighted that the project has secured the necessary funding and we can start designing and delivering a state-of-the-art facility for the engineers of the future.

'We are particularly pleased to be working with the university on this prestigious project on a wonderful waterfront site on the campus.'

He added: 'We believe that the opportunity to create a stimulating learning and research environment, which adds value to the School of Engineering's vision for the future, is significant.'

The project is scheduled for completion in 2009.

by Richard Waite

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