New Operating Theatres at South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital Cork

  • Client:
  • South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital
  • Architect:
  • O’Connell Mahon Architects
  • Value(€ million):
  • 3.5
  • Completion date:
  • 2012
  • PUNCH services:
  • Civil, Structural

This project was a design & build project led by Sisk, and comprised the construction of three new operating theatres measuring 2,500m2 new build area and ancillary accommodation. The project was constructed on a live acute hospital site.

As well as new build structure, the project involved the incorporation of an existing shell & core building into the new building. The new building was constructed beside and on top of the shell & core building. The contract required that PUNCH take full responsibility for the structure of the existing shell & core building, and a detailed design check was carried out to confirm that the building was code compliant.

The extremely short programme duration of 22 weeks required detailed assessment by the team of all of the methods of construction, to ensure that both programme and quality targets were met. The chosen structure was a steel frame with composite metal deck.

The site posed numerous challenges. Firstly it is located adjacent to a three storey rock escarpment, so the building was designed to deal with the lack of available working space. Secondly, the site is located on the site of a quarry, and this required a very detailed analysis of the subsoil to arrive at a suitable foundation solution.

As the building was being used for operating theatres, there was a requirement for the structural vibrations to be limited in accordance with the requirements of HTM 08-01 Acoustics, and a complex modelling exercise has to be carried out to calculate the vibration response.

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