Our New Hub
Welcome to our new Hub!
We are excited about our new Hub, and we hope you are too!
The Hub will create a new and inclusive social dynamic at the centre of the campus which will facilitate learning communities, networking, student interaction, internationalisation, and student friendly service provision.
Located at the heart of our campus, the building will be a key enabler for the UCC Academic Strategy by providing new places for creativity, innovation, and collaboration across disciplines, in a supportive environment. It will directly contribute to the delivery of Goal One in the UCC 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, by supporting the creation of 'a seamless student-centred administrative, academic and extracurricular experience.'
Why did we build a Hub?
We wished to improve our student experience by bringing a whole range of student services together under one roof. This will support easier referral to, and across, different services, as before the Hub some of these services were located all around our beautiful yet sprawling campus.
We thought our students and staff deserved a state-of-the-art sustainable and accessible building in the centre of campus! This new building has new and different learning and collaboration spaces, which we hope will support UCC staff to deliver world-class services to our students as outlined in Goal One of our Strategic Plan, and will directly contribute to our first ever Academic Strategy.
We wanted to create a central supportive space for students and staff that promotes connection and collaboration with holistic life-long and life-wide innovative learning initiatives within UCC, our community, and globally.
Who were the architects behind our new Hub?
Firstly, the Hub is building upon one of UCC’s oldest buildings, the Windle. For detailed information about the architects behind the design of the Windle Building, just check out the ‘Our History’ page via the link to the left.
The building that you see today has been designed by world-renowned architects O’Donnell + Tuomey. They also designed the Glucksman Gallery and the Cavanagh Bridge, and they have won multiple awards relating to architecture, recently picking up both the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) award for Best Public Space and an Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) award for the brand-new Cavanagh Bridge.
Located between the main quad and the Kane Building, the Hub will be a state-of-the-art facility for students, staff and visitors to the university alike, right in the heart of University College Cork’s beautiful historic campus.