Essentia working on design of groundbreaking new children’s hospital

Essentia working on design of groundbreaking new children’s hospital

Tina Nolan, Essentia’s Director of Healthcare Planning, is part of the team appointed to design the new children’s hospital on the St James’ Hospital site in Dublin.  Tina is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading healthcare planners and was part of the team behind the award winning Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board of Ireland has brought together a world-class design team which includes architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, civil and structural engineers and quantity surveyors.  Tina will be working with Benedict Zucchi from BDP who will lead the team in designing the hospital along with Irish partners O’Connell Mahon Architects (OCMA).

The new children’s hospital is the largest, most complex and biggest capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland. By bringing together three existing children’s hospitals, it will enhance how health services are delivered while leading to better clinical outcomes for children and young people.

The new children’s hospital will provide:

  • 384 in-patient beds including 62 critical care beds, all in single en-suite rooms
  • 85 daycare beds
  • world-class care and treatment for a projected 28,258 inpatients per annum
  • facilities for 223,355 outpatient attendances per annum, including satellite centres
  • 14 theatres, including three hybrid theatres to facilitate access to imaging during surgery
  • purpose-built accommodation for parents and families
  • emergency and urgent care facilities in both the new children’s hospital and satellite centres

With the appointment of our designers we now have the companies and individuals who have the motivation, expertise and experience to produce an outstanding design. Their combined portfolio includes major hospitals in Ireland (North and South) UK, Austria, Spain and the Middle East as well as notable projects such as the National Conference Centre, Aviva Stadium and Croke Park”.

Tom Costello, Chairman of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board of Ireland.

The design team are beginning an engagement process with local stakeholders for the new children’s hospital, including children and young people, families, staff, patient advocacy groups, the community and Dublin City Council.  This process will consider the needs, views, and wishes for the new children’s hospital and this insight will be used to inform the design vision.