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BDP submits plans for Irish mega-hospital

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BDP has submitted plans for its €650 million New Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Dublin

The practice has worked with Irish firm O’Connell Mahon Architects on the plans for the 118,000m² facility, which would provide 473 beds, 18 operating theatres and 122 consulting rooms.

It will also contain a roof garden on the fourth floor, as well as two levels of underground parking and a 53 bed accommodation unit in a separate building.

Benedict Zucchi, director at BDP told AJ: ‘The main challenges have been the scale, complexity and speed. There was a high degree of consultation with doctors and nurses through the process so designing it in 11 months was quite an achievement.’

He said that the building also had to comply with planning rules for Dublin which restrict buildings to below seven storeys.

The bottom three floors of the building will be built from grey granite ‘in the civic tradition of Dublin’, Zucchi said, while the top three floors, built above the roof garden, will be covered with metallic panels.

Zucchi said that the oval footprint of the building had been designed to respond to the design of formal gardens elsewhere in the city, particularly the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art, which was originally also a hospital.

He added that it had been refreshing to work on a traditional procurement process, with the contractor responsible for building the designs set to be appointed separately.

‘There has been a real focus on the quality of the project and we are going to see the project through to the end working with the contractor – that is almost unique for us in recent years.’

Ireland’s minister for health, Leo Varadkar, said: ‘The plans are spectacular and the design is iconic.’

If approved, construction is expected to start in early summer next year and should be finished by 2019.

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