Charles Institute & SBI, University College Dublin, Dublin 4

Charles Institute & SBI - University College Dublin


University College Dublin

Project Manager

Sweett Group


RKD Architects

Quantity Surveryor


Civil & Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

Delap & Waller


Charles Insitute: 12 Months SBI: 12 Months


Charles Insitute: 4,407m2 SBI: 1,460m2


The Charles Institute and SBI (Systems Biology Ireland) is nestled between the Health Sciences Complex and the Conway Institute within UCD campus. The building is respectful of its adjacent buildings and landscape while having its own unique presence and identity.

The project was divided into 2 phases with the Charles Institute being constructed first and the SBI being built two years later. The 4,407m2 Charles Institute is a 4 storey concrete framed structure with stone cladding and curtain walling. The entrance comprises a delicate four storey glazed atrium, which also accommodates the primary vertical circulation for the building. The interior of the building comprises offices, write-up areas, a 60 person seminar room, post graduate research laboratories, tissue culture rooms, a highly sensitive vibration controlled image analysis facilities and other laboratory support space. The building is linked via walkways to the UCD Conway Institute and the UCD Health Sciences Centre creating a unique health & bio-medical sciences complex with the Charles Institute at its heart.

The SBI extension to the rear of the Charles Institute followed on two years later and hosts Systems Biology Ireland (SBI). It is a 1,400m2 4 storey extension consisting of research laboratories with associated support and ancillary accommodation.