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Our Lady's Hospital, Dublin

CASE STUDY

This project included a new 1,300m², 17 Bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit incorporating five single rooms, four passively pressurised isolation suites, eight bay observation suite and associated support facilities adjacent to and replacing the existing outdated facility within the original hospital building. The site location consisted of an existing green area enclosed on three sides by the hospital buildings and on the south by the public car park. An existing water main, storm and foul water lines were diverted prior to commencement of excavation. The bulk dig consisted of reducing the ground level by approximately one metre over an area of 1,300m² and the excavation of trenches for the switch rooms and pads for the structural steel columns.

The space vacated by the existing facility was adapted under Phase 2 of the contract to provide much improved parent and family support accommodation. The new building was designed to be constructed on a fast track programme with a steel frame and composite metal deck slab. The external walls utilise the latest methods of prefabrication and off site construction which assisted greatly in minimising any construction disturbance to the adjacent ward areas.

The project also included for the construction of a new state of the art 220m² wounds clinic for burns patients and new playground and car parking facilities for the wider campus.