Bon Secours Hospital Cork

O’ Connell Mahon were commissioned by the board of the Bon Secours Health Systems in June 2005 to set out the scope and direction for future development of the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road, Cork, in the context of the national plan for the development of services.

The resulting development plan proposes the development of the “North Block Expansion” which is a 7 storey structure set into the sloped landscape to the north of the site overlooking the river Lee. The proposal includes a 2 treatment room Radiotherapy Department, Oncology Day ward, 3 Inpatient ward floors and a state of the art Operating Theatre extension and Critical Care Unit. A new operating theatre recovery will be developed as part of a refurbishment of the existing decanted ICU. These departments will link back to the existing hospital at each level and a hospital street linking the existing entrance block to the new north block foyer would form a defined circulation spine. An integrated landscaping scheme addresses the amenity/landscape zoning adjacent to the River Lee to the north and includes a riverside walk.

A glazed foyer links the primary horizontal and vertical circulation routes and a series of link bridges connect the existing campus to the new block.

The principal concept was to utilise the sites’ steep topography in order to meet the complex brief requirements. The hospital accommodation is clad in stone cladding which contrasts with the lighter structure glazed links and foyer.

Photographs by F22 Photography 



  • Client: Bon Secours Health System
  • Stage: Complete
  • Cost: €50 million
  • Nature: Healthcare
  • Description: Refurbishment and expansion of Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.