In 2012, a review group was appointed to carry out a review of potential sites for the |National Children’s Hospital. Cullen Payne Architects were approached by Beaumont Hospital to prepare designs to support their submission.
We carried out area and massing studies to test both the feasibility of the site and the impact of the proposed development on Beaumont Hospital. Having established capacity, we configured the new buildings as a seven-storey block of 7,500m2 each level, for ward and integrated programme accommodation, set on a podium of three floors approximately 18,000m2 each, above two floors of underground car-parking. The advantage of the 18,000m2 floor plate is that it allows for optimum clinical adjacencies to be achieved on one level.
An area is reserved for expansion south of the NCH and a further area is reserved for a Maternity Hospital on the south boundary of the site.
The scheme avails of attractive views south to the Dublin Mountains and as the surrounding buildings are low-rise, almost unobstructed sunlight.