• Exterior & Interior View

Phase 1 & 2 Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick

Phase 1
The aspiration was for a bright, naturally lit and ventilated building, with substantially reduced running costs of existing hospitals.

Architecturally, the building is designed around three courtyards to maximise natural ventilation and light. A wide, naturally lit Hospital Street is crucial to the scheme. Often rising to double height and delineated by a tall rich-red wall, the Hospital Street provides clarity of circulation through all phases of the hospital.

Phase 2
New elements are integrated by continuing the coherent approach to design developed in Phase 1. A new Concourse runs from the tall entrance hall, dips under the Ward block and re-emerges onto the Hospital Street. Links are made into the Paediatric block by means of lightweight bridges above.

A new freestanding glazed canopy marks the significance of the main entrance. The courtyard within the Paediatric block is developed as a therapeutic and stimulating playspace for children.

  • Client: Mid-Western Healthboard, HSE
  • Stage: Phase 1 completed 1998 Phase 2 completed 2000 Protective Development Control Plan 2004
  • Cost: €35m
  • Nature: Protective Development Plan for campus and two major new-build project
  • Description: Phase one: New building comprising an Outpatients Department; an Intensive Care Unit; nine Operating theatres and office facilities Phase two: New building comprising Pathology Laboratories; Paediatrics; Physical Medicine and CSSD: first purpose-built digitised Radiological Department in Ireland Refurbishment of Main Entrance and Concourse; Administrative facilities; Accident & Emergency Department; canteen facilities