Working for People with Sight Loss

Wayfinding Centre

What Is The Wayfinding Centre?

wayfinding campusNCBI intend to develop an innovative space located in the old Smurfit site on the Botanic Road, Drumcondra. The Wayfinding Centre (TWC) will provide a safe and supervised indoor environment which replicates the real-world experience of using public transport including lighting, acoustics, hazards and the built environment that surrounds public transport.

This space will be set up to enable a whole journey approach which can be practiced, with users offered real time comprehensive support with an opportunity to navigate on and between multiple modes of public transport.

The Wayfinding Centre will be run and operated by the NCBI for use by members of the public, particularly those with reduced mobility as well as representative organisations, transport operators, planners, designers and academics.

NCBI believe the Wayfinding Centre will provide an opportunity to familiarise users with and acquire public transport skills, as well as inform policy development on future public transport design so as to eliminate many of the challenges encountered by members of society using the system today.

The project involves a 31,000 sq ft space which is an ideal setting for training, education and research activities, will house up-to-date working, authentic replicas of all modes of public transport in the State.

NCBI has recently sought planning permission for change of use from Dublin City Council for works to provide us with an accessible, adaptable campus.

The planning application to Dublin City Council:

NCBI (National Council for the Blind) Group CLG, trading as ‘The Wayfinding Centre’ hereby gives notice that it intends to apply to Dublin City Council, for planning permission for a change of use, and associated development works, at Unit 1, Botanic Business Centre, 57 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, from the former Smurfit Kappa printworks, to a mobility transport training centre. The proposed works will require modification to the existing entrance forecourt and the front facade (a protected structure). The proposed works include the provision of a new access ramp and steps, a new internal entrance to the former printworks unit, a revised car-park layout, paving, minibus set-down and shelter. Modifications to the former printworks hall to provide; mobility transport training area, sanitary & welfare accommodation, and means of escape, all in accordance with building regulation requirements, together with all necessary internal works and external site works.  The site contains additional protected structures as follows; the railings, gates, piers & plinth wallss, and brick chimney stack to the rear of the site, for which there are no works proposed.

The planning application may be inspected, by appointment, at the offices of Dublin City Council, or online at and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made directly to the Council.

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