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Healthcare Building in Ireland design NBBJ Architects + Murray O’Laoire/Brian O’Connell Associates

12 Nov 2009

Children’s Hospital of Ireland

NBBJ Architects and Murray O’Laoire/Brian O’Connell Associates appointed to design the new Children’s Hospital of Ireland, a milestone national healthcare project

Design: NBBJ Architects + Murray O’Laoire/Brian O’Connell Associates

November 12, 2009 – An Taoiseach Brian Cowen (Ireland’s Prime Minister) has announced the selection of Dublin-based Murray O’Laoire / Brian O’Connell Associates and the London studio of leading international firm, NBBJ Architects, to design the new Children’s Hospital of Ireland in Dublin and Ambulatory & Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght. The three architectural practices will collaborate on the design of these landmark healthcare facilities which are part of a new HSE initiative for the cohesive delivery of healthcare for children in Ireland.

A glimpse of the proposed Therapy Park – a sky garden central to diagnostic + treatment and patient areas of the new Children’s Hospital:

Children's Hospital of Ireland
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Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney says, “There is no more important building in the health area than this project. It is a priority for funding and funding is provided in the capital plan”.

The Children’s Hospital of Ireland will be a Child Centered facility offering world class health care, education and research. Amalgamating the services of three existing children’s hospitals, it will comprise a 400 bed main hospital in the heart of Dublin city, and an Ambulatory and Urgent Care Centre in the Southwest suburb of Tallaght. These leading-edge facilities will provide a full range of clinical, teaching and research specialties in an environment that is fully supportive of children, young people and their families and staff.

Meeting these high expectations in a 100,000sqm building on a busy urban site near the centre of Dublin, and a 10,000sqm facility in the suburbs will challenge the architects’ experience of children’s hospitals and innovative thinking about sustainable urban design.

As part of the commission, the architectural team will also develop the design for an adjacent Maternity Hospital as well as an additional Maternity Hospital and Ambulatory Care / Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght which serves patients southwest of Dublin.

David Lewis of NBBJ architects, says, “These projects offer a wonderful opportunity to advance the art and science of healthcare facilities for children.”

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NBBJ Architects / Murray O’Laoire

Children’s Hospital of Ireland in Dublin

Children’s Hospital of Ireland – Design Team

The Architects

Murray O’Laoire Architects and Brian O’Connell Associates have previously collaborated on projects including the award-winning Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, for which they were awarded the “Best Health Building Award” at the 2009 Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards ceremony in June.

They also collaborated on the Mid West Regional Hospital in Limerick and the National Rehabilitation Project in Dun Laoghaire. Murray O’Laoire’s impressive redesign of Thomond Park Stadium won the “Public Choice Award” at the same ceremony.

The international firm of NBBJ is at the forefront of healthcare planning and design globally. NBBJ has designed the landmark San Diego Children’s Hospital and more than 50 children’s and other significant healthcare facilities worldwide, including Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.

NBBJ’s emphasis on innovation and “Change Design” has also attracted non-profit, corporate and hospitality clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Boeing Airplane Company and the six-star The Sail@Marina Bay residences in Singapore. The London Studio has been engaged in projects for the Wellcome Trust, University of Cambridge – as well as for Addenbrooke’s, North Bristol and James Cook University NHS Trusts.

NBBJ Healthcare Practice

For more than 60 years, NBBJ has been recognized as an international leader in healthcare design. The firm has defined the role of architecture in promoting health and healing, influenced the relationship between contemporary medical practice and the patient, and set precedents that have changed the face of healthcare.

NBBJ’s Healthcare practice is consistently ranked among top five in the world by Modern Healthcare and has collaborated on seven of the top 10 US News and World Report Honor Roll hospitals, including the University of Washington Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. NBBJ’s approach to healthcare design is tied directly to the ability to treat and heal patients, which has led them to be named the Most Admired Healthcare Practice in the nation for two years in a row.

The firm has ten offices worldwide, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York, London, Dubai, Moscow, Beijing and Shanghai. For more information, visit

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