St Joseph’s Mental Health Unit, Clonmel

  • Client: HSE
  • Architect: O’Connell Mahon Architects
  • Value(€ million): 6
  • Completion date: 2012
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

This project comprised the construction of a 40-bed residential unit for elderly and dementia patients on the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. The project was commissioned under the national D&B framework with BAM Building Ltd as the team leaders.

The buildings are domestic in nature, as the design intent was to avoid the institutional feel so that the residents could feel at home. The buildings are single storey in height. The unit is divided into two 20-bed units, based around internal courtyards. Integrating the houses there is a central, communal area which accommodates the therapy areas, main entrance foyer, café, prayer room, nurses base and staff/administration facilities. The use of natural light, ease of access for patients, secure pathways for circulation, and quiet spaces are some of the key principles in the design.

The structure of the buildings is based on load bearing blockwork for robustness and good acoustic properties, with steel framed roofs.

Sustainable drainage solutions are used in line with SuDS policies, and there is extensive use of soft landscaping.

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