DCU The Hub


The Hub is the name of the Student Centre at Dublin City University. Located on the main mall of the University, between the Sports Complex and the Inter-faith Centre, it is now the centre of Student life on campus.

The Hub is home to Clubs and Societies and Student Union events throughout the year. DCU is considered to be the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 50,000 graduates and counting and an abundance of social activity through its 120 clubs and societies. The new student centre has a capacity to hold 3,500 people at once, making it an excellent venue for talks, gigs and events.

The Hub project, which commenced in February 2016 provides an additional 3,7000m² of purpose-built space with enhanced accessibility over three storeys for students’ social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities. In total, the area covers a space of over 7,000m². Including, 1,200m² of common area, 400m² amphitheatre, seven meeting rooms, two sensory meeting booths, balcony, terrace space and green roofs as well as an entrepreneurship area with students workspace, three meeting rooms and three quiet offices.

Dlight provided a number of creative lighting solutions to this two-phase project. Including, two bespoke linear luminaires manufactured by Lightnet.

Our engineers issued preliminary drawings to Lightnet for approval. Soon after Lightnet returned to Dlight with a final design which included details for on-site assembly, suspension kit positioning and installation.

Throughout this project gallery, you will see staggered Lightnet Matric G5/A5’s illuminating the walkways and amphitheatre. With regard to spec, the luminaires installed from the Matric family have a colour temperature of 4000k ranging from 45 – 117W with a mixture of lumen output levels and the ability to dim with a Dali dimmable system.

The design required exposed ceilings, giving Dlight the opportunity to introduce Basic Ambient A/G6’s and Matric Ready Square’s that provide energy-efficient illumination that fits the overall design.

Special mention to Patrick Walshe Engineer of Dlight who assisted on this project.

Project Details
ArchitectMola Architecture
M&EJJ McGovern
EngineerPatrick Walshe