The newly refurbished facility amalgamates a number of existing departments and staffing requirements and is central to the Health Service’s ‘Vision for Change’ Mental Health programme. The completed refurbished design prides itself on the subtlety with which the typical safety requirements common to mental health facilities have been discretely incorporated within the design, resulting in a building that is devoid of institutional presence. The design of the development required works within a live campus and necessitated considerable diversions of existing live services to enable the construction. New security measures such as secure site boundaries, a new alarm system, external detection lighting and security cameras were included. All of the existing drainage was refurbished. The existing elevations and fenestration were upgraded to greatly improve the day lighting and ventilation of the spaces.
This project is a ‘Non Acute Healthcare’ project which is defined in the Information Memorandum of the Framework Document as a healthcare facility catering for long term medical care, rehabilitation care and outpatient care. Typical facilities would be primary care services, community nursing units and residential units.
As Designers we recommend to apply a formal risk assessment protocol using the HSE document Work Sector Guidance for Designers 2nd Edition (2003) CIRIA as an element of the design file. We use this as the basis for all projects that we are involved in.
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