Minister of State for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch T.D., today turned the sod on the Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing, a €40 million purpose built centre of excellence for the health care of older people which is being delivered by BAM Group Ireland.
The state of the art facility, located on the existing campus of St James’s Hospital, Dublin will provide a centralised facility for the Institute’s clinical, education and training, research and creative life work with older people.
BAM Group Ireland which has a leading reputation in the delivery of high-tech healthcare and pharmaceutical facilities was awarded the construction contract for the seven storey centre. The build will be completed by late 2015 and will create 250 construction jobs at its peak. The 15,000m² facility will include innovative early diagnostic and rapid access ambulatory care clinics, in-patient acute assessment, rehabilitation and a continuing care unit with 76 ensuite bedrooms and further ward spaces to accommodate a total of 100 beds. The building will also include research facilities, consultation spaces, meeting spaces, catering facilities, day areas, roof terrace spaces, a courtyard and naturally lit foyer and conference rooms.
Speaking at the commencement of the project, Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive, BAM Group Ireland said: “BAM is delighted to commence construction on the Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing. We are proud to be involved in another significant project that will benefit Ireland’s healthcare system and we have an expert team in place to ensure that we deliver a state-of-the-art facility. Delivering top quality projects safely, on time and within budget is a key priority for our team and we have the specialist skills and expertise to deliver world class healthcare and research facilities.”
BAM Group Ireland is Ireland’s largest public works construction company, employing more than 2,000 people directly and indirectly. BAM Group Ireland has an established track record of delivering flagship healthcare, science & engineering, education and PPP projects. The company recently opened the Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering (CREATE) at Cork Institute of Technology. It is also currently developing the Clinical Research Facility and Translational Research Facility at NUI Galway, which will facilitate cutting-edge medical research side-by-side with patient care in University Hospital Galway.