Scott Tallon Walker

St. Vincent's University Hospital - Main Block



2002 - 2005
Elm Park, Dublin 4

St. Vincent's University Hospital
25000 sq.m

PLAN Expo / OPUS Award - Highly Commended

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St. Vincent’s University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving the south-east of Dublin city and is the primary trauma centre for a catchment population of 300,000. The 470 bed hospital provides over 40 medical specialities and is one of 8 specialist national cancer care centres in Ireland.

In 1997, the hospital commissioned STW to prepare a Development Control Plan to guide the development of the hospital, optimize the use of the prime inner-suburban site, and create a coherent vision which would support the business case for future publicly funded projects.


The largest project delivered under this plan was a 25,000sqm clinical block providing eight new operating theatres, an intensive care unit, pathology laboratories, radiology and diagnostic imaging services, ambulatory day-care centre with two theatres, new consulting rooms, and a new accident and emergency department treating over 40,000 cases per annum.

The new accommodation is designed on five floors around a central atrium, creating an exceptionally clear, light filled building which empowers the St Vincent’s team to deliver its core values of human dignity, compassion and quality of care which has guided the hospital since 1834.


Construction works commenced with demolition by implosion of a 13 storey nurses home followed by complex services diversions including a steam main, major road realignments, the provision of aspergillus protection, deep excavations, and underpinning, fire safety and refurbishment works to existing buildings. All were minutely planned and carefully phased to prevent any risk to patient safety or disruption to operation of this live 24 hour trauma centre.

STW simultaneously delivered several other projects on site, including an acute psychiatric unit, breast screening building, mortuary, waste management centre and a 500 space multi-storey carpark which is now an important revenue source.