Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick

  • Client: Health Services Executive (HSE)
  • Architect: Mahon O'Connell/Murray O'Laoire Architects
  • Value(€ million): 33
  • Value($ million): 45
  • Completion date: 2005
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural
  • Awards: The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Award 1998

The aspiration of the design team at the outset was for a bright, naturally lit and ventilated building which would have substantially reduced running costs and a low maintenance finish to the exterior appropriate to a modern day hospital facility. The plan PUNCH developed for phase 1 was derived primarily from the demands of the complex layout of the operating theatres at first floor. This set out the structural constraints to the Outpatients Department below. The hospital superstructure is predominantly a reinforced concrete structure which uses the design flexibility of a 425mm waffle slab. The major design issues of Phase 2 were the integration of the concourse and the new paediatric block into the Phase 1 hospital street. The architecturally important main entrance was given a contemporary treatment with the addition of a glazed canopy designed to be freestanding.

The Mid-Western Regional Hospital is a landmark sustainable hospital building located in Dooradoyle, Limerick. It was built in two phases. The first phase consisted of a new 3-storey development including an out-patients facility, an intensive care unit and nine operating theatres with office facilities. The second phase accommodated pathology laboratories, paediatrics, physical medicine & CSSD and the refurbishment and expansion of the main entrance and concourse, administrative facilities, accident & emergency department, canteen facilities and a fully digitised radiological department.

The Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick is the first purpose built fully digitised radiological department to be realised in the country. It was also the winner of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland – Irish Architecture Award.

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