Bon Secours Hospital, Galway

  • Client: Bon Secours Health System
  • Architect: Murray O'Laoire Architects
  • Value(€ million): 17
  • Value($ million): 23
  • Completion date: 2006
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural
  • Awards: Best Health Building at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards 2007

PUNCH Consulting Engineers provided full civil and structural engineering services on the project, including detailed appraisals of the existing hospital structure and drainage. We achieved the upgrade of medical services primarily through the provision of a new mainly single-storey structure to the rear of the existing hospital. This extension has added approximately 4,200m2 of floor space and boasts an environmentally sustainable green roof build-up over much of its area. PUNCH were also involved in major work carried out on the existing hospital building to create a large new entrance area, through which both the original building and the extension are accessed.

The Bon Secours Hospital, Galway is a 90 bed acute care facility located on the outskirts of Galway city. The hospital, which became part of the Bon Secours Group in 1999, currently admits 15,000 patients per annum comprising of 5,000 in-patients and 10,000 day cases. This project involved significant expansion and enhancement of the medical care facilities at the hospital. It included provision of a new endoscopy facility, four new operating theatres, a new CSSD (Central Sterilising Services Department) and full radiological diagnostic facilities. The project has doubled surgical capacity at the hospital and provided a new 22 bed dedicated day ward. Other elements of the new development include a new hospital chapel, a stand alone three-storey Consultants’ Clinic, a new landscaping scheme and the upgrading and extension of existing set-down and car parking facilities and pedestrian routes.

The existing hospital remained fully operational for the duration of the project which included major demolition and structural alterations to the ground floor of the existing building. The intricate external board-marked concrete face of the new hospital chapel resulted in this building being put forward for consideration at the annual Concrete Society Awards and was the winner of the Best Health Building at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards 2007.

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