Tullamore Hospital, Offaly

Project Title Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore
ClientHealth Services Executive
ArchitectO'Connell Mahon Architects/Murray O'Laoire Architects
TPE Consulting Engineers ServicesCivil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical
Value$115 million
Completion Date2005


Project Description

The new building at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore is on the site of the existing hospital building - a protected structure - and describes a fresh approach to the provision of healthcare architecture and engineering much in the same way as the original building did in its time.  It involved the complex integration of a 30,000m2 new build, with three to four storeys of  in-situ concrete structure and the phased restoration and conversion of the existing 1940’s hospital building into a corporate centre for health administration.  The project provides a major landmark building in the drive to rejuvenate and improve health services across Ireland. 

Set in a landscaped campus, it is conceived as an urban entity expanding and consolidating the development of the town and reflecting the regional importance of the service it provides

Civil and Structural Engineering

This three to four storey project comprises a new main Entrance Concourse, Accident & Emergency, Out-Patients and Medical Records, Radiology and Day Services Department, General Medical, Surgical Wards and Coronary Care Unit, Rehabilitation Unit, Maintenance Department, at-grade car parking facilities and ancillary buildings. The hospital development is predominantly a reinforced concrete structure fully utilising the advantages of a 425mm waffle slab. The hospital roof structures, plant room and ancillary buildings are all constructed from light weight structural steel. The façade is a combination of reconstituted stone panels, render and glazing.

Services Engineering

The construction sequence was carefully planned in eight phases ensuring that the existing hospital was fully functional at all times. Each phase was carried out systematically to the highest quality whilst maintaining the day to day running of the existing hospital services, namely water supply, sanitary services and traffic.

Hospital design features included:


  • 6 No. Operating Theatres
  • 9 No. Radiology Diagnostic Rooms
  • Clean Room for Oncology Drugs
  • Nuclear Medicine Dept.
  • Post Mortem & Mortuary
  • Haematology Dept.

Design for the following services was also provided by TPE Consulting Engineers for this project:

  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • MV Distribution
  • Lift Installation
  • Medical Gases
  • Clean Rooms
  • Theatres
  • Protective Services

Award Winning Project


This project won the Best International Design Award at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2008.  The Building Better Healthcare Awards are the biggest and most respected awards in Ireland the healthcare built environment. These awards have been recognising, rewarding and celebrating best practice and world class architecture, design, facilities and estates management in the healthcare built environment for over a decade.  The Award for Best International Design rewards an outstanding project that contributes to new thinking and is relevant to the future experience of delivering healthcare.