HSE – 24 Bed Ward Construction (Mid Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom, Co. Limerick)

COVID-19 Crisis Works Projects -Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital
Due to the rapid build nature of the works under Covid-19 Crisis Works Building Control Regulations 2020 works were designed and constructed simultaneously under Clancy Construction. Design was developed during construction by Design Teams in co-operation with Main Contractor in response to the national public health emergency. Fortress Planning were commissioned as Assigned Certifier and Project Supervisor Design Process for the Project.

The project consists of the construction of a 24-bed ward to include treatment rooms, nurses station etc. and all associates M&E works and services. The project is designed for an upward expansion of up to 2 additional floors for theatres (1st Floor) & Plant (2nd Floor). The building, for phase 1, is primarily a single storey structure (with a plant room on the 2nd floor) with 24 single en-suite rooms. two are bariatric, two can be full isolation rooms and 6 are fully accessible rooms.

The works were commissioned at short notice at the beginning of March 2020 as part of the Health Service Executive’s Covid 19 emergency planning and were constructed under Covid-19 Crisis Works Building Control Regulations 2020 (STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS. S.I. No. 112 of 2020 and S.I. No. 113 of 2020). The programme for delivery of the work from initial design through to completion was five months. Design works commenced on 18th March 2020. The commencement date of the works on site was 27th March 2020. The works were deemed substantially complete on 27th August.

The project should be remembered in the context of the emergency as it was experienced at the beginning of March 2020. Italy was in crisis and there was a real expectation that the Irish health service facilities were at risk of being overrun by the Covid19 emergency.

Fortress Planning were part of the Design Team fulfilling roles of Assigned Certifier and PSDP.

The design Team consisted of the following:

  • Ready Architecture & Urbanisation – Architect
  • Clancy Construction – Main Contractor
  • Don O’Malley Ltd. – Mechanical & Electrical Consultant
  • Horgan Lynch Partners – Engineering Consultant
  • Fortress Planning – Assigned Certifier and PSDP
  • MJP Consultants – Fire Design
  • GSP fire Ltd. – Fire Engineer