Maynooth University has started construction work on the new academic building shortly. The initial phase of the new academic building, to open in late 2020, forms part of a wider plan to modernise and expand the Arts and Science buildings on the Maynooth University campus. The development is designed to deliver core teaching and learning infrastructure to accommodate curricular flexibility and innovation, growing student numbers, and to support the research base required to face fundamental societal challenges.
As part of the campus expansion plan, the campus ring-road reverted to a two-way traffic system from September 2019 to facilitate construction works and future development. The North Campus will still be accessible from the Moyglare Road entrance and Kilcock Road entrance, though brief disruptions to the Kilcock road entrance will be necessary.
New bus parking facilities for up to 16 buses and an additional 261 new car parking spaces will be located on North Campus, west of the university restaurant, the Phoenix. Additional plans are in place to prioritise pedestrian and cyclist movement with the design of new 'public realm' initiatives to strengthen the links between the south and north of the campus.
As part of the University's commitment to a sustainable environment, a major tree planting and biodiversity scheme is being planned in collaboration with the Maynooth Green Campus Committee (a partnership among MU, St. Patrick's College Maynooth and Trócaire that was awarded a Green Flag in 2018). The tree planting, which is scheduled to take place over the coming 20 months, has a native Irish tree focus. Planting will include over 400 trees ranging from saplings to semi-mature trees as part of a new wild flower meadow and planting surrounding new buildings.
Prior to 2005, there were fewer than 5,000 trees on the campus, which the University shares with St. Patricks College Maynooth. Today, there are more than 15,000 trees, added over time as part of an active tree management plan. The University's aim is to create a safer, healthier tree population, to reinforce the diversity of trees on campus, to add character and a sense of place, while also contributing to a healthy campus environment.