The redevelopment of the historic Westland Row site includes the refurbishment of RIAM’s original Georgian block as well as a new purpose-built structure housing a series of performance, learning and education spaces.
The redevelopment provides a range of new state-of-the-art facilities. This includes nearly eighty teaching and research supervision rooms, a large-scale library and research facility, a 300-seater recital hall with world-class acoustics, a tiered lecture hall, a music therapy suite as well as a range of common rooms and administrative spaces.
The project will enable RIAM to “expand its student cohort at both undergraduate and postgraduate level”, providing more educational opportunities for musicians in Ireland.
Minister Catherine Martin said: “The new RIAM campus offers a remarkable array of facilities for our young musicians and artists. From an impressive new 300-seater recital hall to a modernised library and research facility, RIAM’s students will be equipped with the best possible resources in which to further their development.
RIAM seeks to champion & support high-quality music education in Ireland & inspire the next generation of musicians. Central to our ambitions of reaching further, being more accessible & nurturing great artists, is our newly transformed Westland Row campushttps://t.co/O5ibgqBKx9— RIAMDublin (@RIAMDublin) February 2, 2023
“As Minister for Culture and the Arts, I am delighted that my department was able to support this important redevelopment project. With RIAM’s and the forthcoming redevelopment of the National Concert Hall, Ireland is well on its way to becoming a world-class centre of musical excellence.”
Minister Simon Harris said: “I am delighted to be here at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to officially open their redeveloped campus with Minister Catherine Martin. This redevelopment was a really significant undertaking, at a cost of around €26 million, my department funded €7 million of that cost and Minister Martin’s department funded a further €3 million.
“The development project transforms the RIAM campus and opens it to the public in a far more accessible way. Accessibility and digital infrastructure of the campus will broaden the reach and profile of its students, to include those who have disabilities and those outside of Dublin.”