Western Gateway Building 1st 3 Floors

The 5.5 acre site was purchased by UCC in the late 1990's from Bord na gCon who moved to their greyhound track in Curraheen.

The IT Building is the single biggest project in the University's ambitious €400m capital development programme.  It provided much needed new lecture theatres, undergraduate teaching laboratories, research laboratories and a new riverside cafe.  It allowed UCC to bring together its successful SFI/PRTL1 funded research groups in IT (eg 4C, CUC,MISL,CEOL,BCRI etc) in one location.  A key feature of the building is the new IT incubation suite which will encourage start-up software development companies.  The site is located on the western edge of the campus and was linked by a pedestrain bridge to the completed Brookfield Health Sciences complex.  The building positioned UCC at the forefront of international education in key areas and allowed the University to contribute fully to the delivery of  Government policy in the area of fourth level education in particular under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation.

This flagship building enhanced the University's contribution to economic development by increasing activities in the area of ICT and biomedical sciences and played a major role in supporting the attraction of inward investment to Cork in these key areas.  The project was a tangible demonstration of the Government's committment to the delivery of world class facilities for the higher education sector in support of the development of Ireland's knowledge economy.  Work commenced on the project in September 2006 and completed in 2009.

The Team

Delivered by the UCC Capital Projects Team. 

Design Team

Scott Tallon Walker (Architects)
Project Management Ltd (Mechanical and Electrical Engineers)
Arup Consulting Engineers (Civil and Structural Engineers)
Davis Langdon PKS (Quantity Surveyors)




Started on site August 2006 and completed in 2009.


For further information please contact the Director of Buildings and Estates at mpoland@ucc.ie

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork