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RCSI announces €22M investment in the development of ERC at Connolly Hospital

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has announced an investment of €22 million in the

development of a new Education and Research Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Due for completion in February 2024, the new centre will join the Smurfit Building Education and Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital as RCSI's second clinical centre of academic excellence in Ireland.

The 4,100 square metre development will provide increased capacity for RCSI's translational research and will be the location for a new paediatric allergy research centre. The three-storey building is designed with two distinct interlocking blocks for academic, faculty and administration functions with a communal atrium area linking the two, providing amenity and support space for students and staff. The building will also have a large public area which will be open to Connolly Hospital staff.

Reflecting RCSI's commitment to sustainability, the building has been designed using the Energy Efficient Design approach to meet the highest standards in energy efficiency and will be 'A' rated. Some of the key features are solar electricity production on site, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, use of heat pumps, natural ventilation and use of the most highly energy efficient building materials available.

"The development of this new clinical centre of academic excellence represents a significant investment for RCSI that will further strengthen our academic partnership with Connolly Hospital as well as the wider RCSI Hospital Group.The opening of the new centre will be transformative for our educational programmes, will greatly enhance the RCSI student experience and will enrich the local community." Professor P. Ronan O'Connell, RCSI President

Client: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Structural & Civil Engineers: FDA

Contractor: Felix O'Hare

Quantity Surveyor: Buildcost

M&E Consulting Engineers: OCSC

Fire Consultant: BB7

Assigned Certifier: FDA

Landscape Architect: AECOM

Planning Consultant: Declan Brassil & Company Limited


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