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NCAD opens newly renovated building

The Harry Clarke House provides room for more lecture theatres, as well as a new home for the NCAD gallery.

The National College of Art and Design recently opened up the newly renovated Harry Clarke House.

According to NCAD director Declan McGonagle, The Harry Clarke House provided room for more lecture theatres, as well as a new home for the NCAD gallery.

“The reasons for construction were to cater for increased demand for teaching and learning spaces as student numbers increased. To create a Gallery space as a public venue and a space of interaction between the College, the local community and the general art sector and ultimately to create a new frontage for the College on to Thomas Street,” McGonagle said.

They began work on Harry Clark House back in May, 2007. It was renovated from buildings that were formerly used as a fire station and a print workshop. The building was handed over to the college in 2008. The total area of the building is 1,100 square meters.

The total cost of the construction was approximately €5.6 million, €1 million of which was spent on conservation and preservation work. The college used Ó Laoire architects and Pierce Healy Developments.

The only other historical building on site that could be renovated is the Gate Lodge, but since it would not provide a great amount of space for the college it is not a current priority.

“The College owns a site adjoining the main campus which runs from Thomas Street to Oliver Bond Street and we are formulating plans to develop that for College use in the future,” McGonagle said.

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