The National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire will provide a new rehabilitation facility, unique in both scale and type of service, of an international level. 235 full rehabilitation beds will be provided along with a facilities for the full range of therapy services; Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Neuro-Psychology, Medical Social Work, Clinical Nutrition.
The service will cater for a wide range of patients with severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Prosthetic and General Rehabilitation and includes a dedicated 20 bed Adolescent and Paediatric Unit with school. The project was tendered at the end of 2008 and is due to start on site in Spring 2009.
The building provides a range of levels of support for patients as they progress through the hospital in consequence of the therapeutic treatment; hence high support areas at ground floor level are provided progressing to medium level wards at the higher floors of the building through to pre-discharge wards for those patients about to return to the community. Therapy is provided at each level either inside the wards where high support is required or outside, allowing patients to enjoy the transition between work (therapy) and rest (ward / sleep) as a first step in patient return to daily routine.
TPE Consulting Engineers Services
TPE Consulting Engineers provided full engineering services for Civil, Structural and Traffic Engineering. We also provided Sustainable Engineering Services and produced a cutting edge Sustainable Urban Drainage System which overcame many of the obstacles envisaged by the local authority at planning stage. Given the particular needs of the client, the building and site works were designed in accordance with ‘Building for Everyone’ to provide a highly accessible solution.
The structural solution adopted resulted from a rigorous analysis of the various options and the in-situ flat slab gave the most flexible and best value structure over the life of the project. The two blocks (ward and therapy) are linked by a series of link-bridges which allow the two structures to move independently.