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Innovation hub to inspire creativity


A $6.4 million development that will inspire ‘creativity, construction and innovation’ is currently being built at Kildare College.

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Named the Tullow Centre, the innovation hub forms part of the Holden Hill college’s next phase of its evolving masterplan.

Announcing the development last month, principal Tina Neate said the new space had been designed to give students the opportunity to “learn in an innovative, interactive learning environment reflective of society’s modern, divergent, flexible, and dynamic thinking”.

“It will be a place where technology, imagination and innovation merge to create new solutions to old problems; where breaking with conventional wisdom is not only encouraged but it is expected of the students,” she said.

“We can offer innovative curriculum opportunities, like woodwork, not previously available at all-girls’ colleges. We’re breaking down stereotypes and preparing our students for the jobs of the future.”

Located on the Lyons Road side of the campus, the new building will include a construction area used for metal/wood/plastics/cement/resin and/or acrylics, such as jewellery or metal work, and a spray painting area. There will be a digital technology room; STEM room with options for 3D printing, laser cutting and soldering; science laboratory; media suite with green screens and soundproofing ideal for podcasting and film editing; an auditorium; and three general learning areas.

Break out spaces and flexible learning areas for students, administration areas for staff and amenities will also be included in the build.

Due to be completed by Term 3 2022, the building will feature a canopy constructed of glass solar panels linked to a digital read-out screen within the lobby space. Students will see energy production in action and make real time decisions as to energy usage and impact.


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