Space Management

The University of Limerick sits on a 148 hectare (366 acres) campus comprising 50 hectares (123 acres) on the north bank and 98 hectares (243 acres) on the south bank. With the completion of the Analog and MSSI Phase 2 buildings in 2015, the gross area of all buildings on campus is 228,293m² (2,457,325 million square feet).

Space is a University resource on which there is a very high demand. The Buildings and Estates Department endeavours to allocate space in the most equitable manner possible given the space constraints under which it operates. All space on campus is the property of the University of Limerick and the Buildings and Estates Department has been tasked with the responsibility of managing and allocating this space in accordance with the policy set by the President and the Executive Committee. Any given Faculty, Division, Department or School does not own space as such, rather it is assigned according to the ever changing requirements of the University. Utilisation of space is constantly monitored by the Buildings and Estates Department. The University, via the Buildings and Estates Department, reallocates space from time to time in accordance with the best interests of the University. In accordance with the Space Rationalisation Plan and the needs of the University, faculty and staff may also, from time to time, be required to move office. Offices left vacant by faculty and staff on sabbatical etc. can be reallocated for the duration of the sabbatical.

Faculty and staff should note that while every effort is made to cater for the space requirements of all groups, it may not always be possible to meet the demand for space of all groups. Prior to requesting additional space, all Faculties, Divisions, Departments, Schools, Units etc. are asked to review the utilisation of the space currently assigned to them with a view to resolving their space difficulties without the requirement for additional space. 

It is the policy of the Buildings and Estates Department that any proposed office or lab moves should be notified to the Buildings and Estates Department and agreed in advance. This is the case even if the proposed moves are considered to be internal departmental moves. 

Requests for additional office space should be directed to Brian Considine in room AM-066 at extension 3421

Please remember also that space is a very valuable resource, which is in very high demand across the University. All Faculties, Divisions, Departments etc. should return for reallocation, any space which is not being used to its full capacity. 

Space Management Protocol 
The Space Management Protocol as approved by Executive Committee in November 2007, with subsequent revisions in March 2009 is available here

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