The Centre was established in 1972 in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Since 1996, BEC has been located in the grounds of the IADT Dún Laoghaire at Deansgrange - near Baker's Corner public house (Bar), a useful landmark for orientation purposes!
The present building was officially opened by the Minister for Education, Niamh Bhreathnach on February 27th 1997, almost 25 years to the day after it first came into being. Blackrock Education Centre was designed by Shay Cleary Architects. The design of the centre earned them a Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland award.
Built around a central courtyard, the Centre comprises a large entrance foyer, a conference room, a number of training rooms including an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training facility, meeting rooms and other facilities. A feature of the courtyard is a replica of a monastic sundial from early Christian times.
Local teachers and other local groups use the Centre for meetings, presentations and discussions.