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company details:
  • Contact Name:
    Sean Neary
  • Company:
    Varming Consulting Engineers
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project details:
  • Name of the project:
    Merlin Park University Hospital New Orthopedic Theatre Block
  • Location:
    Merlin Park University Hospital Galway
  • Commencement date:
    October 2019
  • Completion Date:
    June 2022
  • Client:
    HSE West Estates Department
project description:

The project involved the fast-track design and construction of a new Orthopaedic Operating Theatre Block consisting of two, state of the art, Orthopaedic Theatres, with patient recovery bays, staff accommodation and ancillary spaces constructed over two levels, with healthcare function at ground floor level and plant space overhead on the upper floor. Commissioned by the HSE on a fast-track basis following water damage to its existing facilities, the scheme includes 650m2 of space in a highly serviced healthcare building with provision for a future third theatre.

Work took place in a live hospital environment where there was no interruption to the existing services. Upgrades were undertaken, in advance of the main project, on the existing site infrastructure as enabling works to allow all the necessary tie-ins, upgrades and diversions to be carried out before the main project began. These advances works and forward planned, reduced the overall program length, minimising the project risks and eliminate any safety concerns. The design adhered to the highest patient safety requirements and to the most current Healthcare Standards & Guidelines.