Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, formerly known as James Connolly Memorial Hospital (JCMH) lies on the western side of Dublin City bounded by the N3 and Tolka Valley. The hospital campus originally occupied circa 25.8 hectares and following the sale of some of these lands (to part fund the hospital re-development), the design team were charged with the design of a modern acute hospital with state of the art medical facilities.
The Hospital development comprised an overall floor area of 20,000m2 including a new 400 bed Ward Block, Accident & Emergency Department, Operating Theatres, Out Patients Department and Mortuary/Post-Mortem for the Eastern Regional Health Authority. The building location took advantage of the natural topography to provide a split level basement, economically providing areas for back of house facilities.
The preparation of the Development Control Plan (DCP) was key to plan and protect the orderly development of the hospital for current and future requirements. The DCP involved the consolidation of outlying hospital accommodation with numerous phases to ensure the hospital remained live and fully operational at all times, without compromising access for emergency vehicles at any stage in the process. OCSC developed extensive phasing and traffic management arrangements to ensure all stages of the building development were tested.
Hospitals rely on a highly serviced facility in order to deliver the requisite level of health care and Connolly Hospital is no different. Servicing and functionality of the building were the key drivers in the choice of an economic building structure. Flexibility and adaptability are essential to allow the building needs to change with the ever changing needs in healthcare. Numerous value engineering studies were undertaken to identify the most economic solutions; while also testing the integration of services and checking for structure services co-ordination and clashes.
Cost, flexibility and “future proofing” within tight budgets, led to a concrete rib slab structural form and a structural frame designed for vertical expansion
O’Connor Sutton Cronin brief included all external works such as roads, traffic, civil engineering services and the detailed design of below ground concrete service duct linking existing and new buildings. OCSC were also retained as Consulting Engineers for the New Bridge access off the N3 Dual Carriageway.