The Rock Wing, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Shortlisted for Building & Architect of the Year Awards


The recently-completed Rock Wing at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin has just been shortlisted for the ‘Building of the Year – Medical and Health’ category at this year’s Building & Architect of the Year Awards.

This award recognises excellence in design as well as a commitment to sustainability and the local community in which it resides. With the Rock Wing, the MMUH engaged Scott Tallon Walker Architects to deliver a fast track 98-bed 9-storey Emergency Ward Block at their city centre campus, enhancing the hospital’s single bed occupancy rooms. The building was constructed using DfMA and MMC manufacturing techniques to allow for a rapid build and has been designed to future proof growing requirements, matching the clinical excellence in healthcare that the hospital provides.

Some highlights achieved for the client and local community in the delivery of the design included:

  • a full Energy Efficient Design analysis that set the parameters to maximise the passive benefits of the building fabric, reduce the carbon footprint, and meet the Nearly Zero Energy Building requirements.
  • a layout which allowed the wards to operate independently, limiting the interaction and movement of infectious patients if required and enhancing the overall efficiency and safety of the healthcare facility.
  • the creation of a pleasant and comforting environment for patient care which promotes recovery by establishing a connection beyond the spacious and generously proportioned rooms through windows with direct views to either the external landscaped courtyard, the hospital campus, or city skyline.
  • carefully considered use of colour, art, and light to create distinctive ambiances through the various spaces for patients, visitors, and staff.
  • sensitive integration of this modern building into the fabric of a prominent conservation area on Eccles Street.
  • the creation of a landscaped podium entrance establishing a new streetscape and urban environment.

Thank you to BAYA for this shortlisting.

The awards ceremony will take place in Dublin on Friday 14th April.

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