Printing House Square Trinity College

The high-profile Printing House Square development on the Trinity College Campus at Pearse Street is currently at roof level. DBFL have provided civil and structural engineering services for the development, working with Bennett Construction to develop and design the structural solution which realises this unique and complex design. We are delighted to see the complex steelwork in place for the roofs of all three interconnected buildings in the development. The roof structures are multi pitched and multi-faceted with the roof pitches springing from third, fourth and fifth floor levels.


The roofs will be clad in stone, with the cladding supported on a separate secondary galvanised steel support structure offset from the primary roof steelwork. Designed aesthetically to simulate the distant Dublin mountains as it fits into the Dublin cityscape with rocky peaks.


Our video highlights the complexity of the boulder like roof design.

DBFL Printing House Square, Trinity College, Dublin from DBFL on Vimeo.

The overall development includes a 3-storey basement which features a rifle range, squash courts and a handball alley. Above ground the development provides 6 storeys of accommodation in reinforced concrete flat slabs and columns around numerous circulation cores. The crown on the development is it’s unique an innovative roof structure.


When completed Printing House Square will feature 250 student bedrooms over a wealth of facilities including a health clinic. Built in place of the original building Oisin House the structures sit comfortably on Pearse Street and will form a hub of student facilities as well as a courtyard that serves as a new public gateway to the campus.


DBFL are delighted to have been involved in this exciting and challenging project.

Printing House Square Trinity College