Critical Care Unit, Limerick

  • Client: HSE
  • Architect: O'Connell Mahon Architects
  • Value(€ million): 20
  • Value($ million): 23
  • Completion date: 2012
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

PUNCH Consulting Engineers acted as Technical Advisors to the HSE for the construction of the Critical Care Unit on the campus of the Midwestern Regional Hospital in Limerick. The project consists of a six storey block over two levels of basement car parking, and was designed and constructed by a D&B team lead by John Sisk & Son.

The new facility includes renal dialysis, intensive care, high dependency care, coronary care, a cardiac department, and catheterisation laboratories as well as consultant offices and other ancillary accommodation.

The building is designed as two stone and glass-clad blocks separated by a full height glazed strip which identifies the new hospital street. The new hospital street provides for segregated access for patients, staff, visitors and facilities management traffic generated by the new building.

The internal environment was designed to ensure clarity of circulation, quality of patient environment, ease of observation for staff and access to natural light and ventilation within clinical guidance.

The project required the surrounding existing hospital to remain fully operational for the duration of the works and required detailed co-ordination of all of the highly complex medical services required in modern day Critical Care facilities.

Emphasis was placed on sustainability and the use of long lasting materials such as stone and metal glazing systems. A BER rating of B1 was achieved, reflecting a high standard taking account of the large quantity of heavily serviced clinical spaces which must be provided

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