National Rehabilitation Hospital Ward Expansion

  • Client: NRH
  • Architect: O’Connell Mahon Architects
  • Value(€ million): 2.5
  • Completion date: 2012
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

The development included the provision of new ward space as well as total refurbishment of existing wards on a live hospital site. The project consists of three distinct phases of construction.

Phase 1 is a new 3 storey extension over the existing single storey medical records, which were decanted for the duration of the project. The vertical extension was designed as a lightweight steel and composite metal deck structure which was supported off existing structural walls and new foundations where this was not possible.

Phase 2 consisted of the refurbishment of both the 1st and 2nd floor wards of the hospital. This work involved the removal of load bearing structural masonry walls which were supporting floors all the way down the building.

PUNCH came up with a solution to insert steel beams into the existing structure at each level which allowed the contractor to avoid using temporary props all the way down the building. This was a requirement of the client who was obliged to maintain access at ground floor level at all times while work was going on at the upper levels.

Phase 3 was a single storey extension to the front of the existing building at third floor level. This involved adding a lightweight structure over an existing building by spanning the structure clear over the existing flat roof, and breaking through the existing external wall to link the new toilet/washroom area into the existing ward.

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