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Rogers and BDP vie for Dublin mega-hospital project

A shortlist of six practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been announced in the competition to design Dublin’s €600m New Children’s Hospital (NCH)

Big-hitters IBI Nightingale, BDP, RSHP and HOK have all been named on the shortlist for the long-awaited hospital scheme.

The shortlist

  • IBI Nightingale and RKD Architects (IBI + RKD)
  • BDP and O’Connell Mahon Architects
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) with John Cooper Architecture and Henry J. Lyons
  • HOK with Stanley Beaman & Sears (SBS), CCH Architects, and Bucholz McEvoy
  • Scott Tallon Walker Architects and Shepley Bullfinch
  • Stantec and Michael Collins Architects

The much-delayed NCH scheme will be Ireland’s largest ever healthcare project, bringing together three existing children’s hospitals; Our Lady’s in Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital currently at Tallaght Hospital. 

Provision will also be made for a potential maternity hospital and two satellite facilities; at Tallaght Hospital on the southside of Dublin and Connolly Hospital on the northside of Dublin.

John Pollock, project director for the new children’s hospital, said: ‘Each shortlisted international firm has an Irish partner who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of enhancing the local urban area.

‘We are cognisant of the importance of the local community and will work with the design team to provide a building that enhances the local area, contributes positively to the community leading to regeneration of the area and local economy,’ said Pollock. 

Previous story (AJ 19.11.13)

New twist in Dublin children’s hospital saga as contest relaunched

Ireland’s National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has put out yet another tender for the proposed National Children’s Hospital in Dublin

In July this year the NPHDB advertised a tender for design teams to deliver the hospital at Dublin’s St. James’ Hospital Campus (see below)  and subsequently received several submissions.

However in October it was announced that the board was ‘discontinuing’ the procurement process and that it would start again from scratch.

The Irish Times reported the volte face followed a meeting with the Department of Health which resulted in a ‘change’ to the tender terms. The amendments involved ditching the ‘design and build’ package in favour of one that retained the winning architect throughout.

Now, after the two month delay the scheme is once again underway and the new tender has finally been released.

The 72-month contract will involved the merger of three hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street and the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght.

The scheme, which is being billed as ‘a new model of care’ will feature an emergency department and 384 patient rooms.

Earlier plans for a huge 16-storey, 445-bed hospital drawn up by NBBJ were dropped in February 2012 after planning permission was refused by An Bord Pleanala (see AJ 24.02.12).

Previous story (AJ 18.07.13)

Architects sought for new Dublin children’s hospital

An architect led team is sought to design a new children’s hospital covering the Greater Dublin area.

A project launched by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, the new build will merge existing child services at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street and the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght.

To be built on the St. James’s Hospital campus in Dublin, the hospital will house an emergency department, operating theatres, outpatient and inpatient care, with 384 patient rooms.

Expected to become a ‘world class hospital’ with local services, teaching and research facilities in a ‘new national model’ the contract is expected to conclude in 2019.

A website has been created for the project, with PPQ’s available through the dedicated page to be returned by 16 August.

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