Midland Regional HospitalEdit profile
Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland. The project was originally commissioned in 1998 as a refurbishment of the existing 1940's Scott building. On appointment, the design team realised that the budget, which included significant enabling and decanting costs to facilitate such refurbishment, could be reallocated to facilitate the construction of a new hospital including the replacement of a recently completed theatre suite and CSSD Department which did not form part of the original brief. The project comprises a new 280 bed hospital including a new Accident & Emergency, Radiology; Medical Records; Out-Patients; Rehabilitation; Renal Dialysis; Operating Theatres; ICU; CCU; Day Services; CSSD; Medical and Surgical Wards; Medical Oncology; Orthopaedics; ENT, Administration; On Call; Laboratories; Pharmacy; Mortuary; Energy Centre; stores and ancillary buildings. The design aspiration was to bring natural light and ventilation to all possible aspects of the patient and staff experience and the hospital is therefore arranged around a series of courtyards which have been distinctively landscaped to facilitate orientation through the hospital. The organic nature of hospital architecture is recognised with the inclusion of expansion zones to the east and south of the new hospital, facilitating incremental departmental or general expansion. The west and northern facades remain as permanent public frontages to the main approaches to the site. The main entrance is signaled by a full height glazed screen immediately discernible upon entry to the site. It is flanked by the ward blocks which are clad in pre-cast reconstituted stone panels, punctuated by projecting bay windows serving the patient wards. The whole facade is composed under a wing structure which over sails the wards and the main entrance forecourt and delicately supports the glazed entrance canopy below. Internally, the hospital is arranged around a hospital street which is divided by the triple height main entrance concourse. Subtle colour schemes and the use of natural materials serve to enhance a sense of calm upon arrival at the hospital.