Beacon Hospital, Dublin

Project Title Beacon Hospital, Dublin
ClientBeacon Medical Group
ArchitectTraynor O’Toole Architects
TPE Consulting Engineers ServicesCivil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical
Value$140 million
Completion DateAutumn 2006


Project Description


Beacon Hospital forms part of the Beacon Court development in Sandyford in South Dublin. The hospital has 140 beds, with provision for 183 at full capacity. It was developed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins International and Triad Hospitals Inc. and is designed to provide the highest standards of healthcare to both private and public patients.


State-of-the-art systems in Beacon Hospital include MRI, CT scanner with cardiac capabilities, CT Sim, and PET/CT. It features Digital Radiology suites with advanced Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound, as well as Angiography suites and lab with advanced single- plane and bi-plane systems and Flouroscopy. There are 8 operating theatres with dedicated rooms for Neurosurgery, Urology, Cardiac, General, Orthopaedic and Ophthalmic Surgery. It has 2 Endoscopy suites, a state of the art Oncology day treatment centre, and therapeutic radiography with LINAC- linear accelerator.

TPE Consulting Engineers Services

Civil and Structural Engineering


The building scheme consists of four separate buildings all tied together to form the hospital. Two of these, an existing steel-framed office building, and a concrete-framed office building, had to be re-engineered for hospital use. The other two blocks were completely new build. A further design constraint included a confined site that is bound by public roads on two sides, and by existing buildings on the other sides.  

The site is underlain with granite rock that was excavated for up to three levels of basement in areas. The Linear Accelerator bunkers, with walls and a roof measuring up to 2.4m thick, are in the lowest basement level. The structure of the building comprised of a concrete flat slab. The façade consists of precast concrete cladding units, and extensive curtain wall glazing. .

Services Engineering

The specification required by Beacon Medical Group was of the highest order for this their first private hospital in Ireland and called for detailed design of mechanical and electrical services as outlined below in addition to our role as Resident Engineers Commissioning Advisors.

  • Eight Operating Theatres, two of which Ultra Clean
  • Three Cath Labs, Diagnostic Suites including MRI, PET, CT Fluoroscopy, X-Ray, Mammography
  • Oncology Unit
  • Urgent Care Facility
  • Two Linac Accelerators
  • Laboratory - Histology, Pathology, CAT III
  • Administrative Offices
  • Consultant Suites


Our involvement from the early stages of the project allowed us to work with the design team to provide innovative solutions to ensure that the two-year programme to deliver a fully working high specification hospital could be achieved.  Value engineering solutions were implemented and led to significantly reduced costs to the Client including the selection of materials to fast-track the programme without compromising on quality standards. Throughout this project, our Project Team worked in tandem with the Hospital Operator, the Client and the Main Contractor to ensure that the Beacon Hospital was delivered on time and within budget, to the most stringent international quality standards.