Adult Acute Mental Health Unit, Galway

  • Client: Health Service Executive
  • Value(€ million): €14m
  • Completion date: 2017
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

PUNCH are the Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers for BAM Building Ltd. on the new Adult Acute Mental Health Unit on the University Hospital Galway Campus.  The site is on an existing surface carpark adjacent to the Enable Ireland Building, private dwellings and the hospital energy centre. The facility is assessable via the campus main entrance.

The project has been procured as a Design & Build Contract and is being developed by the HSE in line with the requirements of “A Vision for Change”.  The new purpose built 50 Bed in-patient unit will provide accommodation for patients with a mental illness requiring mental health assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

The two storey building consists of precast load bearing walls with precast floors and precast roof slab with light weight steel structures at roof level to house the hospital plant rooms.  The non-load bearing partition walls are 140mm masonry.  The ground floor slab is a 350mm in-situ concrete transfer slab on 244mm diameter steel piles to rock.

Due to the tight constraints of the site with only 2.0m from the edge of the new building to a high boundary wall and maintenance buildings and the clients request that no services could be beneath the footprint of the hospital building the diversion of the existing services, which include a pumped foul sewer, a pumped rising main, storm sewer and the MVLV cables, proved quite a challenge for the design team.   By modelling the existing services and the proposed services along with the foundations of the new building on Revit a solution that was agreeable to all was established.

The entire project is completed using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The building work commenced in January 2016 and is due for completion mid-2017.

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