Special Care Units, Ballydowd

This was one of the first developments of its kind to be built in the country.  The facilities provided include 3 No. eight person Residential units, an Administration unit, an Education unit and Recreational facility.

The site is located adjacent to St. Loman’s Hospital, accessed off the old Galway Road.  The development is built around a large landscaped courtyard garden/sports ground that become the focal point of the scheme.  A high security perimeter fence envelopes the entire development. The site development works required the upgrade and construction of new foul and surface water outfalls on the adjoining hospital lands in association with the hospital management.

Each building is specially designed to provide a high level of safety and security for each child.  Particular attention was paid to achieving flush and secret fixings throughout the development with particular attention to antiligature.

The Structure consists of a mix of steel portal frame, mono pitch type roofs, supported on a robust precast concrete ceiling slab, designed to accommodate   plant areas within the large and open roof void spaces. The roof structure and concrete ceiling are in turn supported on traditional load bearing blockwork walls on reinforced concrete strip footings.  Walls & ceiling to the buildings had to be designed to cater for robust type construction for the high dependency bedroom accommodation.  Detailed services coordination and integrating into the concrete ceiling slabs was also required for items such as heating, lighting, ventilation and fire alarm & emergency lighting. Each building is specially designed to provide a high level of safety and security for each child.

OCSC were also retained as Civil/Structural Engineers for similar HSE centers at both St. Ita’s, Portrane and Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.