• Sunday , 8 December 2019

Minister Ruairí Quinn Opens New Hardiman Research Building and NUI Galway School of Psychology

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD opened on 1 May 2014 two new buildings at NUI Galway; the Hardiman Research Building for research in the humanities and social sciences, and a new home for the University’s School of Psychology. The new buildings, with a combined investment of €23 million, will offer world-class teaching, learning and research facilities for staff, students and the public.


Designed by Moloney O’Beirne Architects,the School of Psychology (shown above) – formerly known as the Arts Millennium Building Extension -completes and shares a piazza area with the Hardiman Building, and the Arts Science Concourse and Podium. It  incorporates three floors of flexible office and teaching space and specialist research and laboratory facilities. The project team was led by JJ Rhatigan & Company with service providers Lawlor & Partners (Project Managers) Heavey Kenny (Services Engineers) and O’Connor Sutton Cronin (Civil/Structural Engineers).


Designed by an architectural partnership between Reddy Architecture + Urbanism (Dublin and Sligo) and Payette (Boston), the Hardiman Research Building (shown above) will provide facilities for more than 300 researchers.  It incorporates 100m2 of exhibition space in the Atrium, state-of-the-art Archival facilities, digitisation facilities and a dedicated Special Collections Reading Room. The project team was led by Contractor JJ Rhatigan & Co. with service providers AECOM (project and cost management), Homan Obrien Associates (Services Engineers) Barrett Mahony (Civil / Structural Engineers) Carrig Conservation (Historic Building Conservation Specialists)

Home to NUI Galway’s unique collection of more than 350 literary, theatrical, political and historical archives, the Hardiman Research Building will house the digitised Abbey Theatre Archive, the world’s largest digital theatre archive, in development since 2012. An exhibition of the digital Abbey Theatre Archive opens to the public for the first time today to mark the launch of the Hardiman Research Building. The ‘Performing Ireland’ exhibition features a taste of the more than 1 million items that comprise the Abbey Theatre Archive, dating from 1894.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Ruairí Quinn said: “The investment we celebrate today is a very welcome enrichment of facilities to support the humanities and social sciences at NUI Galway. The Hardiman Research Building is a unique platform for digital humanities and social sciences research in Ireland and will further develop NUI Galway’s reputation as a major international research centre in the field of digital humanities.”

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