South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has appointed The GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership, a joint venture between BAM and GRAHAM Construction to deliver Ulster Hospital’s new £95 million Acute Services Block – currently the largest live healthcare project in Ireland.
The Acute Services Block will sit adjacent to a new ward facility presently being constructed by GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership on the same complex, scheduled to complete in autumn this year. This second facility – an eight-storey, 31,000m2 Acute Services Block, will incorporate specialist wards, support services, assessment unit, inpatient imaging department, and a new emergency department which will have capacity for 110,000 attendances per year.
The scheme has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and will use flat slab construction to integrate the structure with its services and the clinical spaces. The building’s high thermal mass will reduce operational running costs and the delivery of the structural and acoustic solutions will further support the healthcare services.
Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust said: “We’ve appointed GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership to the second phase of our redevelopment programme because of their extensive skills and expertise within the medical field, which we believe are pivotal when creating a specialised high-quality scheme.”
GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership is already working on the first phase of the hospital’s redevelopment programme. The current seven-storey new build Inpatient Ward Block will accommodate a procedural area on the ground floor with four upper floors of 288 en-suite bedrooms within 12 inpatient wards. The 30,000m2 development has been designed to achieve the highest building and infection control standards. It has won several awards, the most recent being the Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold and Considerate Constructors Scheme Most Considerate Site National Runner Up for 2016, and the Green Apple Award.
Artist’s Impression Courtesy of Avanti/Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects