Ireland’s largest healthcare project progressing well

Bobby Conroy, Architect director at BDP’s Dublin studio, describes how the design of Ireland’s New Children’s Hospital has been developed around a ‘child and family-centred identity’, and explains how standardisation and digital technology have played a central role in the delivery of the project.

Located at the west end of the St. James’s Hospital campus in Dublin, the New Children’s Hospital (NCH), when completed, will be Ireland’s largest ever healthcare project, amalgamating the three existing children’s hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street, and Tallaght. The brief set by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) was to create ‘one of the finest children’s hospitals in the world’

In meeting this challenge, our design delivers state-of-the-art clinical functionality, the highest quality spaces for patients, families and staff, optimisation of adjacencies and flows between departments, and the creation of an efficient, safe, and therapeutic environment. Equally important is establishing an identity that captures the imagination of children and young people. To this end we focused on creating a simple design vision – a ‘Big Picture’ that is easy to understand and flexible enough to accommodate the contributions of multiple stakeholders, while retaining its original clarity.

The ‘Big Picture’

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