Waterman Moylan was appointed to provide advice on upgrading and improvement works to existing buildings in this 200-year-old psychiatric hospital and was subsequently commissioned to act in connection with a new high-security ward for the hospital.
The single-storey new wing is designed to maximise natural light penetration into all areas of the building. This has been achieved by means of a complex multi-pitch roof shape, which permits the use of extensive glazed panels and curtain walls. A steel frame was adopted to provide the flexibility required to create the roof.
The building also features old structural timber beams which have been recovered from roof trusses in a section of the old hospital which was demolished. These timbers have been incorporated into the structural frame and left exposed as a feature.
Client: Board of Governors, St Patrick’s Hospital
Architect: Costello Murray Beaumont