Ophthalmology Outpatients’ Department Building at South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork
Construction has begun on the new purpose-built standalone Ophthalmology Outpatients Department building at South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork.
The development, under a HSE national & regional agreement, is part of a phased strategy to relocate ophthalmic services from Cork University Hospital.
Designed by Reddy Architecture & Urbanism, this 1,181 sq m development has three-storeys to the front and a single storey to the rear is designed in a way that allows for a potential two-storey future expansion.
Richard Booth, associate director with Reddy A + U, said as the OPD building is conceived to treat patients with sight difficulties, the design is focused on creating a facade that is “predominantly tactile”. The ground floor window openings are positioned to form the word “Ophthalmology” in Braille.
Due to the sensitivity needs of the patients, the ground floor windows were purposely designed with small sashes to restrict/control the amount of light entering the building while maintaining natural ventilation and privacy to the various rooms.
Clancy Construction have been appointed as the main contractor on this exciting €6 million project.