O’Connor Sutton Cronin (OCSC) Consulting Engineers were appointed as part of the winning Integrated Design Team (IDT) led by O’Connell Mahon Architects + NBBJ Architects for the new Children’s Hospital of Ireland.
This Children’s Hospital will be a world class facility that will deliver excellence in clinical services, teaching and research in an environment that is fully supportive of children and their families. The new hospital is part of a new Health Services Executive (HSE) initiative for the cohesive delivery of specialist healthcare for children in Ireland, providing primary/secondary care for the Greater Dublin Area and Tertiary care on a national basis. The Children’s Hospital is being developed on the basis of a single hospital two site arrangement, primarily located in the highly urban city centre site of the existing Mater Hospital with Ambulatory and Urgent Care Centre (A/UCC) located at Tallaght Hospital on the outskirts of the city.
The brief for the Mater site comprises c. 110,000 m2 floor area including 399 inpatient beds, 53 daycare beds, 10 Operating Theatres, A&E, Clinical Support Services, Allied Health Services, Diagnostics and many additional support areas. An underground carpark accessed off Eccles Street is designed to accommodate up to 1000 spaces. The brief for the A/UCC at Tallaght comprises c. 10,000m2 floor area including 28 Daycare Beds, 3 No. Day Theatres, Urgent Care Centre, OPD, Diagnostics, Therapies and additional support areas. The brief also requires that the IDT deliver the project using Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems. O’Connor Sutton Cronin are currently delivering a number of projects using Revit and readily recognise the benefits of Architecture and M&E software integration with Structure in the built environment process.
Following the recent completion of the Children’s Hospital Review Group report, this project is currently with the Minister for Health awaiting final decision to proceed.