The building which formerly housed the PJ Carroll & Company factory has now been opened as the DKIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts. The transformation has involved an investment of €38 million which according to the Taoiseach represents “a vote of confidence in the Institute’s future and will help further strengthen its capacity to drive economic regeneration in the northeast”. Located on a 45-acre site, the one-time cigarette factory is a listed building having captured national and international attention when built more than 40 years ago to designs by architect Ronnie Tallon of Scott Tallon Walker Architects who was among the distinguished guests at the official opening.
The original building became a symbol of Ireland’s emerging industrial base and the shift towards improved working environments. Having been acquired by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) for more than €18m in 2002, almost €20m of National Development Plan funding has since been invested in refurbishing part of the building that now provides approximately 11,000 sq metres of accommodation for the Institute’s School of Informatics & Creative Arts. The Carroll’s Building now accommodates more than one-fifth of DkIT’s 6,200 third- and fourth-level students.