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This project involved providing a new ‘state of the art’ emergency department, to replace an existing 1960’s Emergency Department facility at Mercy University Hospital and to provide additional space for patients, staff and equipment to cater for the growing number of cases admitted from the Cork Region and beyond.  

Floor area
850 m² (9,149 ft²)


The A&E Department replaces an outdated facility and comprises a 10 bed “Majors” treatment area, an X-ray room, resuscitation room, ambulatory care and triage areas, waiting areas, staff support facilities and external ambulance and patient set-down areas. The design development phase was significantly prolonged to allow for full participation of medical consultants from various disciplines to contribute to the brief formation.

As the works were carried out on a live hospital campus with connections to live buildings, minimal impact on the continued day to day functioning of the hospital was a critical element throughout the project. The works were carried out in agreed phases, with measures for service shutdowns, access to work areas etc. all carefully managed.

The A & E Department was part of the last phase of the master development plan at the Mercy University Hospital. The overall development plan and first 2 phases were originally carried out by Reddy O’Riordan Staehli Architects at the cost of 12 million and were completed in 2001.  


Mercy Hospital A&E, Grenville Place, Cork