O'Mahony Pike Architects unveil plans to revolutionise outdated hospital
St. Luke’s General Hospital serves an expanding population around Carlow and Kilkenny. Therefore the architects developed a new Hospital Development Control Plan with a clear strategy allowing the hospital to expand in the minimum number of separate phases with each phase of development allowing the hospital to continue to be operation without the immediate completion of subsequent phases and maintaining the optimum departmental relationships.
As a result of this, the new Phase 1 development planned includes a new Accident & Emergency Department & Medical Assessment Unit, Pathology Dept, Education and Training Centre, New entrance Concourse, Administration Area, Day Services Unit and a Community Day Hospital. The new concourse is strategically located to connect the existing hospital, the outpatient building and this new extension and will provide a new dynamic focal point for the hospital. The overall plan of the new wing has been organised around an interior landscaped courtyard in order to obtain maximum daylight in the building, views to nature and to assist with wayfinding and orientation.
The building has enhanced conditions for patients & staff through providing a patient-focused, family-centred approach to design that respects the privacy and dignity of the patient and provides adequate space for staff, visitors and support areas. Providing a clear wayfinding system for patients, staff and visitors and minimise walking distances Providing separate access routes for clinical and public use.
Clear identification of the building entrances is key to providing a convenient and welcoming experience. Providing maximum daylight and views to nature. Developing a sense of neighbourhood in public areas. Maximising the opportunities to bring treatment modalities to the point of care. Incorporating infection prevention and control requirements in all patient areas. Incorporating sustainable design concepts wherever appropriate. Providing maximum flexibility to support future change.