This project comprised the replacement and expansion of the existing National Rehabilitation Hospital at Dun Laoghaire. The project will be realised on a green field site beside the existing hospital and will be built in a single construction phase. The new building included 235 inpatient beds and was designed to provide rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury along with patients who require Prosthetic and Orthotic or general rehabilitation and therefore would have dealt with many extreme aspects of disability.
The design provides a range of levels of support for patients as they progress through the hospital in parallel with the appropriate level of therapeutic treatment required; hence the high support areas are located at ground floor level; medium support areas are provided at the higher floors of the building; and pre-discharge wards are located at entrance level for those patients about to return to the community. Therapy facilities are provided at each level, either inside the wards where high support is required or outside, allowing patients to enjoy the transition between work (therapy) and rest (ward/sleep) as a first step in patient return to daily routine.
The project was suspended in 2009 in consequence of severe economic recession.
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Murray O'Laoire / O'Connell Mahon Architects