The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving a local population catchment of 185,000 in Dublin’s north inner city. The 600 bed hospital is the national referral centre for a range of specialities including cardiac surgery, heart-lung transplant and spinal injuries, and is one of 8 designated national cancer care centres in Ireland.
In 1998, the hospital commissioned STW to prepare a Development Control Plan to optimize the use of the congested inner city site, including a strategic appraisal of the existing building stock and proposals for new and replacement facilities.
The design solution was a 65,000sqm nine-storey over double-basement extension to the existing hospital, providing 12 state of the art operating theatres including a hybrid theatre, emergency department, 11 outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging including MRI, and CT, intensive care and high dependency units.
All are organised around a series of public spaces including a new double-height entrance foyer, a spectacular glazed atrium, and a unifying ‘hospital street’ which allows for intuitive wayfinding between existing, new and future buildings.
Ancillary facilities include 450 basement car spaces, energy centre, catering department and waste management area.
The project was preceded by carefully phased decanting, demolition and enabling works, including the relocation of the energy centre for the entire campus, further complicated by national infrastructure projects including a proposed metro station on the site.
The building breaks new ground by providing 100% of the 120 new inpatient beds as ensuite single rooms, resulting in reduced risk of hospital acquired infections, shorter stays and enhanced patient privacy and dignity.
Designed to far exceed the requirements for a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, the building provides a sustainable, uplifting, healing environment for the delivery of 21st century healthcare.