Cork University Hospital Cardiac and Renal unit completed (IE)

Work has now finished on a new 10,800-m² Cardiac and Renal unit at Cork University Hospital, designed by award-winning architects Watkins Gray International for Ireland's Health Service Executive.

Cork University Hospital Atrium

The new €51-million Cardiac and Renal unit comprises a new-build, five-story specialist center.

The new €51-million specialist Cardiac and Renal unit comprises a new-build, five-story specialist center. The new facility features an internal atrium and is fully connected to the existing University Hospital buildings, including through link bridges at various levels which connect to essential associated departments and support services.

The central atrium is designed as a focal point for the facility, but also allows views of the internal or external vistas for patients and staff using the link bridges, circulation corridors and lifts, and assists daylight to penetrate throughout the building.

Use of colour is also essential to the design concept, with bold colours and light and bright interiors used to create a warm and welcoming environment, including the use of warm wood finishes and colours in specialist departments such as Dialysis and Catheterisation in order to promote a calming patient experience.

Kevin Harwood, Watkins Gray International, comments, "While it is a standalone facility, architecturally the Cardiac and Renal Unit visually connects the existing building types on campus, which include a mixture of modern and old facilities. The completed building also provides a fresh new front entrance and approach to the Hospital campus."

Watkins Gray International has also worked on a new Cancer care unit at the same hospital.

Source: FD

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