Scott Tallon Walker

St. Vincent's Private Hospital



2007 - 2010
Elm Park, Dublin 4

St. Vincent's Healthcare Group
37800 sq.m

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Best Sustainable Building - Highly Commended

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For over 40 years, St Vincent’s Private Hospital has been synonymous with excellence in the delivery of private healthcare in Ireland and is home to renowned specialists in oncology, haemotology, gastroenterology; breast, thoracic, vascular and orthopaedic surgery; and respiratory and renal metabolic medicine.

The hospital is co-located with St Vincent’s University Hospital, where STW have delivered every major project since 1997. The brief for the new private hospital sought a centre of excellence unrivalled in private healthcare in Ireland, not only in the model of care but also in the design of the built environment.


The 37,800 sqm hospital is laid out on eight floors over a double- basement carpark and provides four operating theatres, a day surgery suite and 30 day beds, HDU, minor injuries unit, allied health, laboratories, pharmacy and diagnostic imaging including CT, MRI, Interventional Radiology, Mammography, Ultrasound and Dexa Scanning.

A central atrium including lounge, restaurant and coffee-shop establishes a hotel-like feeling of quality and comfort which carries through to the 24 consultant suites and the 230 inpatient bedrooms. The quality of finish and stunning views from these bedrooms – mostly single ensuite rooms – belie the fact that all are designed in compliance with the latest clinical standards including HBN 04-01.


The delivery of this project on a live, acute hospital site included complex traffic management and the construction of a new link tunnel to the co-located public teaching hospital.

This highly efficient building was designed to achieve a BREEAM Healthcare ‘Excellent’ rating; including a 20% improvement over the requirements of Part L, green roofs, grey water recycling, maximum use of natural ventilation, and a combined heat and power plant. Post occupancy energy consumption, at 378kWh/m2/year, is 31% lower than current good practice for acute hospitals.

The completed facility sets a new standard for hospital design in Ireland and has achieved Joint Commission International Accreditation.