DCU Main Restaurant Refurbishment Works

DCU Main Restaurant Refurbishment Works

Refurbishment works at main restaurant on DCU campus to create a modern and vibrant restaurant space for students to relax and study.



Total restaurant fit out space



Total kitchen fit out space


Approximate amount of students attending DCU campus



Months from project inception through to completion

Project story


With its outlook, it’s hard to believe that Dublin City University is almost 50 years old. This new and striking restaurant refurbishment for Glasnevin Campus is a perfect fit for its 18,000+ students from across Ireland and overseas.

The project was carried out over multiple phases with two separate tender competitions and contractors.

The kitchen fit-out was completed in April 2022 with the main works due for completion in Oct 2022.

The programme was carried out in multiple phases to ensure that the restaurant remained operational throughout the project. The projects phasing strategy had to revolve around the operators requirements to ensure that their operation needs were satisfied at all times.

The main brief was to ensure that there were no shutdowns which meant that all works were carried out in a live environment at all times.

The replacement of roof lights required a comprehensive H&S strategy which was agreed with DCU’s operations team to ensure that their on-campus H&S protocols are catered for.

A new curtain walling was required to tie in with the existing structural frame, which meant that extensive pre-commencement surveys and lad calculations were required on site to ensure the proposed new solution was compatible.

  1. A state-of-the-art refurbished kitchen for restaurant staff.
  2. Improved energy efficiency with replacement of all lighting with modern LED type lighting.
  3. Refurbished toilets in line with wider campus interior theme.


Project Value: €1.2m

Our Role: Project Managers, Cost Management and PSDP

Architect: CPD Architects


Contractor: Moston


“The Main Restaurant Refurbishment and Fit Out project at DCU Glasnevin Campus, will provide a modern and vibrant refurbished kitchen and restaurant area for campus students. We are delighted to work with Duke McCaffrey who leads a complex multi-phased programme to ensure the restaurant remains operational at all times. The Duke McCaffrey team provides their expertise and professionalism at all stages and we are confident they will continue to do so throughout the project to deliver a modern and vibrant space for all campus students”

Adolfo Rey Garcia Capital Projects Manager, DCU


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