The new €21 million Tourism & Leisure Building at Waterford Institute of Technology has been fully completed and handed over by the contractors.

Following their appointment as project cost managers in 2003, Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend has been providing advice to WIT on the construction of the building, which partners the Luke Wadding library.

The 7,660sq-m facility is the largest single capital project the Institute has undertaken. It occupies a high-profile site on the Cork Road campus and will provide an architectural counterpoint to the landmark Walton ICT centre.

Sustainability was a key factor in the design which has been implemented to exacting standards in order to achieve air-tightness figures which will have a significant effect on energy performance.

The state-of-the-art facility will accommodate 50 staff and 1,050 students pursuing courses in the nationally-important services sector.

Mark Kelly, Managing Director of Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend, says: “We are delighted to have played a key role in the successful completion of the Tourism and Leisure Building which will reinforce Waterford Institute of Technology’s standing as one of Ireland’s leading third-level education providers.”

A construction and management consultancy with offices in Dublin, Waterford and Belfast, Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend worked alongside A&D Wejchert Architects, Michael Punch & Partners as Structural Engineers, and Building Design Partnership as Mechanical and Electrical Engineers on the delivery of the project.