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Thursday 24 July 2014

Teams vie to design children's hospital

Fiona Dillon

Published 11/03/2014|02:30

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Nurses at work in Temple Street Children's Hospital
Nurses at work in Temple Street Children's Hospital, which will become part of the new national children's hospital

SIX architectural teams are in the running to design the country's long-awaited new children's hospital.

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It is the largest capital project in healthcare, and those in the running all have international experience in the design of children's hospitals, according to the project's development board.

The development has experienced numerous setbacks due to the failure to secure planning permission for the original plan at the Mater Hospital in the north inner city.

However, the revised plan will see the three existing children's hospitals, including Crumlin Children's Hospital, Temple Street Children's Hospital and Tallaght Children's Hospital come together under one roof at St James's.

It's anticipated that the new facility will open in 2018 at a cost of around €600m.

The six teams will now be invited to submit a tender proposal, after which the preferred applicant will be announced.

Once the final architectural team is appointed, they will begin the design engagement process with a variety of stakeholders – including children, young people, families, staff of the existing children's hospitals, local communities and Dublin City Council.

The shortlisted applicants are: IBI Nightingale and RKD Architects (IBI + RKD); BDP and O'Connell Mahon Architects; Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP) with JCP and Henry J Lyons; HOK with Stanley Beaman & Sears (SBS), CCH Architects, and Bucholz McEvoy; Scott Tallon Walker Architects and Shepley Bullfinch; and Stantec and Michael Collins Architects.

Project director for the new children's hospital, John Pollock, said: "We are building a facility that supports a therapeutic and supportive environment for children, young people and their families.

"We are confident that the firm awarded the tender will have the necessary skills and experience to successfully design and deliver one of the finest children's hospitals in the world.

"Each shortlisted international firm has an Irish partner who has demonstrated an understanding of the importance of enhancing the local urban area."

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