|Regional Hospital, Limerick|
TPE Consulting Engineers were involved with both phase 1 and 2 of this landmark sustainable hospital building providing services across Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineering services.
Civil and Structural Engineering
The hospital superstructure is predominantly a reinforced concrete structure which uses the design flexibility of a 425mm waffle slab. The hospital roof structures and plant rooms are all constructed using a structural steel frame and lightweight cladding rails and cladding system. The façade is a combination rendered block walls, copper cladding and glazing.Substructure to the hospital consists of reinforced concrete pad foundations under columns with lean mix concrete to varying rock level and traditional reinforced concrete strip foundations under block walls. The work also involved refurbishment and extensions to the existing hospital.
Phase 1 of Limerick Regional Hospital comprised a new 3-storey development including Outpatient facility, ICU, 9 operating theatres and office facilities. Phase 2 of the regional hospital development comprised of Pathology Laboratories, Paediatrics, Physical Medicine and CSSD.The development also included the refurbishment and expansion of the Main Entrance and Concourse, Administration facilities, an Accident & Emergency Department, Canteen facilities and the first purpose built fully digitised Radiological Department to be realised in Ireland. The design centres on the creation of three courtyards with the emphasis on energy efficiency and the maximum spread of natural daylight and ventilation. The project also provides bright, naturally lit and ventilated spaces to achieve substantially reduced running costs within an extremely tight budget. The external treatment makes use of a limited range of materials to create a low maintenance solution appropriate to a modern day hospital facility.
Award Winning Project
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland - Irish Architecture Award 1998