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07/11/2019

University of Limerick eyes up city centre campus

Words: Roger Milne
LIMERICK

The University of Limerick has unveiled proposals to develop a campus in the heart of Limerick city. 

This will be located  at the old Dunnes Stores site which is on the banks of the River Shannon in the centre of the city. 

The landmark site, once home to a tobacco factory, has been derelict for several years and was bought by the university earlier this year.

The President of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald, said the development would be the subject of an architectural competition which would seek "the most progressive, grand, effective and ambitious design possible". 

The city campus will be used primarily by postgraduates and is at the centre of a major expansion plan which should see student numbers increasing by 4,000, bringing enrolments to 20,000 over the next five years and a €30 million annual spending boost for the area.

The university will also shortly launch a development master plan for its 145-hectare campus in Castletroy, on the  outskirts of  the city.

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