Scott Tallon Walker

St. Vincent's University Hospital - DCP



1998 - 2005
Elm Park, Dublin 4

St. Vincent's University Hospital
93300 sq.m

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Regional Award

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St Vincent’s University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving the south-east of Dublin city. The 470 bed hospital provides over 40 medical specialities. The hospital’s Elm Park campus was planned in the 1950s but only opened in 1970.

By 1997, major investment was needed to bring the estate up to the standards required for modern healthcare delivery. The hospital commissioned STW to prepare a Development Control Plan to outline a coherent vision by which the campus could evolve to meet changing healthcare needs, and to support the business case for future publicly funded projects.


The plan identified the need to double the area of the hospital from 25,000 to over 50,000 sqm, prioritizing the renewal of core facilities including 10 operating theatres, ICU, Emergency Department and Radiology Departments. While proposing new facilities to accommodate a planned transition from in-patient to ambulatory day care, the plan also highlighted the need to upgrade existing ward accommodation and to provide a new inpatient psychiatric unit on the site.

New or replacement support facilities were also required, including laboratories, pharmacy, mortuary, waste marshalling area and a 500 space multi-storey carpark.


Implementation commenced with the removal of obsolete buildings, including the challenging demolition by implosion of the 13 storey nurses home and the diversion and renewal of critical services.

The plan has been updated to reflect changing needs and evolving national policy - including a plan to co-locate maternity services on the site – but has remained sufficiently robust to respond to change while protecting the long term quality and efficiency of the estate.

STW is proud to have undertaken over 100 projects for St Vincent’s, ranging from rapid options-appraisals and feasibility studies to the design and delivery of over £300 million of capital projects.