THE South East Technological University (SETU) has plans to turn The Dome Bar, for so many years the hub of on-campus social life, into office space.
Recently, SETU applied to Waterford City & County Council for a change of use of the building on the Main Campus from a public house to office space.
This is together with planning permission for the construction of a new entranceway, canopy and bay window, construction of new opening in the façades with new external window and doors throughout.
Permission is also being sought for the installation of a new external insulated rendered facade system to the building and a new insulated roof covering with new rooflights, along with all ancillary and associated site works.
Up to March 2020 and prior to the onset of Covid-19, The Dome had regularly hosted student nights, Rag Week celebrations and live music events by local and well-known artists.
Also used for awards ceremonies, the likely conversion of The Dome truly marks the end of an era.
Responding to the Waterford News & Star, a SETU spokesperson stated: “SETU routinely re-purposes space to maximise its use. The Dome Bar has not been operational for a number of years and we plan to redevelop it to optimise the space.”
The spokesperson went on to clarify that the SETU campus at Carlow does not have a bar either.
“On all our campuses, we have many social spaces for students and staff including restaurants and cafes as well as spaces for students to hang out and chat or have a coffee. The Students’ Union in Waterford has a dedicated social space for students.”