The New Children’s Hospital


The New Children’s Hospital

'One of the finest children’s hospitals in the world'

In recent years, there have been significant moves to improve Ireland’s healthcare, and specifically to transition towards a new model of care for pediatric services. The New Children’s Hospital in Dublin is the largest healthcare investment project ever undertaken in the state, so it is not surprising that the project became front-page news recently when it received planning permission. The ultimate objective of the project is to improve the health of children and young people, and in order to achieve this the design team was set the goal by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to create 'one of the finest children’s hospitals in the world'. This recognizes the importance that the building itself can play in supporting the work of clinicians, with the intention to break with the institutional mold of traditional hospital designs and create an innovative environment – one that not only meets the highest clinical standards but is also uplifting, engaging, and child and family-centered.  

The impressive facility will boast considerable resources, including 380 inpatient bedrooms (of which 60 are critical care beds), 93 day beds, an emergency department, operating theatres, a family resource center, outpatient departments, hospital school, education facilities, therapy areas, staff and visitor canteen, pharmacy, pathology department, public and staff circulation areas, plant and related support, and service areas. In addition, there will be extensive site clearance works, which include the demolition of existing buildings on the campus, as well as considerable infrastructural works on and around the site.

Provision of full range of services

Our client has a very strong vision of how the project should be delivered to ensure the optimal outcome quality. Linesight is providing full cost management, and building services cost control services. In addition, the team are acting as project lead in risk management, which includes dedicated risk management workshops. The project incorporates a two stage tender process and includes early contractor engagement, as well as consistently managing and accommodating the expectations of all three major stakeholders.

Extensive stakeholder consultation

The concept, now developed in great detail, has evolved from extensive dialogue with many stakeholders over the course of the last two years. In the lead up to the planning application, the team engaged and consulted for over 1,000 hours with staff from the three existing children’s hospitals, with families, young people and children who are former or current users of the service, and with local residents and businesses. This extensive consultation process allowed the design team to develop a world-class building, which has been designed to enable staff deliver the highest standard of clinical care for children and young people.  

Merging of existing hospitals

Once complete the new children’s hospital will be heralded as a world-class facility for children and young people from all over Ireland, who have complicated and serious illnesses and are in need of specialist and complex care. The hospital will bring together three children’s hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght.

Utilizing effective systems and technologies

Linesight is a strong advocate for the implementation of BIM and its considerable benefits for clients on large scale construction projects. The New Children’s Hospital is a BIM Level 2 project and the Linesight team is fully utilizing the BIM Models which have been developed to provide added value to the delivery of the cost management service on the project.

Program delivery on an acute hospital campus

Full hospital services continued throughout the project, so it was imperative that works were appropriately coordinated, in order to cause minimal disruption. The safety of staff, patients, and visitors was paramount and this remained a key consideration throughout the program.

380 inpatient bedrooms (60 critical, 93 day beds)
125,000 sq.m. plus 1,000 space basement carpark