Cork University Hospital

Suggesting an alternative approach won WGI this project, which appeared as an OJEU notice posted by the HSE for a traditional architectural service from option appraisal to completion on site - including contract administration.

The initial brief assumed a series of complex moves and piecemeal developments. WGI proposed an alternative approach to integrate all cardiac functions into the new building by including theatres and ICU - rather than additional new build and refurbishment as specified. The resulting five-storey, 175-bed specialist cardiac and renal centre extension included acute and outpatient services, coronary care unit, two cardiac theatres, endoscopy suites, four catheter laboratories, ITU, HDU, step down unit, renal unit and in-patient beds arranged around a large atrium and bridging over the access road to the main entrance. Separation of public and outpatient circulation from clinical and inpatient areas enables infection control and patient dignity. Cardiac theatres, ICU, HDU and step-down inpatient unit are all located on the same floor with blurred physical boundaries to ensure maximum flexibility in use.


Date: 2009
Location: Cork, Ireland
Client: HSE Southern Region
Value: €43m
Service: Architecture, Interiors: Full Design