Images of BDP’s design for the new children's hospital in Dublin have been revealed by Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. The distinctive oval shape and therapeutic gardens on the roof and surrounding the hospital respond to the brief shared with the design team last autumn.
Minister Varadkar said: “This breathtaking design does its job really well. It’s clear from the open-plan building, the gardens, the sports facilities, and the state-of-the-art wards that this is a unique building. I’m delighted that the Youth Advisory Council were the first people to review the design. I know the project team is engaging in extensive consultation and engagement with all key groups but it’s the young people, the current and future users, who are central to the project. And I’m delighted to say that their response has been really positive.”
The new building will be a world-class facility providing secondary paediatric services for the greater Dublin area and specialist services for the country. It is the largest, most complex and significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.
It will bring together three existing children’s hospitals, and it will be tri-located on one campus with St James’s Hospital and a planned maternity hospital. This tri-location model of service delivery is being undertaken to ensure the best healthcare outcomes for all.
BDP was appointed as architect for the new hospital last year by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. It is expected the new hospital will be completed in 2019.