Mercy University Hospital, Cork
Reddy Architecture + Urbanism has a long and successful association with the Mercy University Hospital in Cork. Our largest completed project for the client was the Lee View Block completed in 1998 on foot of a development control plan prepared by the practice. Since then we have completed a range of other projects involving Emergency Department, Operating Theatres, Paediatric, Geriatric, Endoscopy, Mortuary, In Patient Wards, Out Patients, CRF, X-Ray, CT Scanner, Pharmacy and a number of others in a mix of new-build and refurbishment projects.
The Lee View Block was built as phase one from the development control plan for the hospital. It comprised a five-storey block linked back to the main hospital by an enclosed link bridge over Henry Street. Accommodation comprised In-patient Wards (124 beds), Psychiatric Unit (50 beds + 20 day patients) and Pathology Laboratories. The ground floor of the building, initially left undeveloped, was subsequently completed to provide an Emergency Department and an Acute Geriatric Ward in follow-on works.
A wide range of other projects completed in the hospital brought a variety of challenges. Refurbishment works to the reception and front of house required care in the conservation of the Mansion House, a protected structure. Increasing capacity of the Operating Theatres required addition of new accommodation to the roof overhead, to allow some decanting and reconfiguration whilst minimising disruption to continued operation of adjacent facilities. Projects involving X-Ray required particular technical expertise while others such as refurbishment of the Paediatric Department required empathy and a little creativity in the approach to Interior Design.