Connolly Hospital is an Acute Adult Hospital, which also operates as a University Teaching Hospital, at Blanchardstown, in north Co. Dublin. It is a Level 3 hospital within the Royal College of Surgeons Hospital Group and is run by the HSE. It provides emergency, medical, surgical, residential care, day care, out-patient, diagnostic, clinical therapies and support services to a population of over 331,000. Currently, there are 351 beds in Connolly: 224 acute beds, 53 day-case beds and 74 non-acute beds.

The aims of the Development Control Plan are to:

  • Identify and protect suitable sites to accommodate all of the development components identified in the Planning Brief
  • Achieve good functional relationships between sites and departments
  • Make best use of the site area available
  • Define implementation packages of new construction and refurbishment, which offer the hospital choice, minimize interdependency and can stand alone in the event of a development pause
  • Minimise the need for temporary accommodation and multiple decanting moves.
  • Ensure adequate access, car parking and efficient vehicular circulation
  • Provide adequate engineering infrastructure concurrently with the development of new buildings
  • Identify practical construction packages which minimize disruption to hospital operations