Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry

The Sports Surgery Clinic, located in Santry, Dublin 9 is a specialist surgical clinic focusing on sports and associated injuries. The clinic totals 11,327m2.

The Clinic consists of 3,740m2 of basement of which 510m2 are CSSD (surgical instrument sterilisation unit). The basement was constructed to a Grade 2 (to BS8007) in the general car park area and a Grade 4 in the area of the CSSD. Formation of the basement was relatively straight forward as the site allowed for a battered excavation.

The building comprises three stories above basement typically constructed in reinforced concrete and whilst originally designed to accommodate one additional floor in the future, this was accelerated and proceeded to completion towards the end of the main contract.

The ground floor consists on Atrium / Reception, Consulting suites, Café / Pharmacy / Retail, Diagnostics suite including Ireland’s first and only 3 Tesla MRI and physiotherapy/gymnasium/stress department. Special items for consideration included the thickening of slabs locally at ground floor to 400mm depth to accommodate an MRI scanner and also provision for an additional MRI in the future. The slab in this area was also recessed by 200mm to ensure that the magnetic field of the MRI was not distorted by the structural slabs reinforcement.

The first floor consists of Consulting suites and four digital laminar flow Operating Rooms with associated inpatient and post operative recovery. The concrete frame by its nature allowed for flexibility when dealing with the internal layout of the hospital rooms, facade support, operating theatre equipment support and a far superior natural ability to resist natural frequency effects than a steel structure.

The upper floors comprising wards/theatres and consultants’ wing were constructed using typical in-situ concrete flat slabs supported off RC columns and core walls which act as the primary stability elements of the building. The roof was also designed to typical floor loading due to the requirement of a possible future floor.