Bandon Primary Care Centre

County Cork, Ireland

Bandon Primary Care Centre is a new health facility located in the town centre. The building not only incorporates ground-floor retail units but also features a new public library. The upper levels of the centre house a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including GP surgeries, public health nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, psychologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, and mental health specialists. Additionally, the 4,148 square metre building includes extra rooms that can be utilized for additional services as needed.

The design of the building adopts a figure-of-eight geometry, which cleverly incorporates two central courtyards. These courtyards serve multiple purposes, providing ample natural light, ventilation, and therapeutic outdoor spaces—a crucial aspect for a facility of this nature. A circulation spine runs through the centre of the building, housing a staircase core, lifts, departmental receptions/information points, and waiting areas.

Externally, the building boasts vertical corduroy brickwork that adds texture, creates shadows, and directs attention upward, while simultaneously softening the overall mass of the structure. The elevations are characterized by gridded bays, with the ground floor bays intentionally left open to warmly invite the public inside. On the upper floors, bays are infilled as needed with windows, seamlessly blending with the interior cellular accommodation.


Building and Architect of the Year Award 2022 – Medical and Health category


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