Avanti Architects together with Health Service Executive, have delivered a new Primary Care Centre, developed to meet the health needs of up to 40,000 people in the surrounding area. The centrepiece of the new St Mary’s Health Campus, Cork, the building is planned as a compact ‘figure of 8’ shaped plan building around a triple height internal street space at the centre connecting all departments together.
The 6,500 sq.m facility, the largest in Ireland, is home to primary care services in the north-west of the city and includes a number of GP practices, Public Health Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapy services, Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Dental, Opthalmology, Immunisation, Mental Health Services and series of bookable rooms for additional services. The presece of University College Cork in the north side of the city for the first time ever is also being facilitated in the primary care centre. The Centre for Urban Health and Wellbeing and The Cork Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice is accommodated within the centre along with a Dental Outreach Training Centre for the UCC School of Dental Surgery.
The folded ‘figure of 8’ geometry of the centre creates two courtyards connected with a circulation spine / ‘internal street’ at the centre. The southerly courtyard is a visual extension of the ‘Arrival Square’ and provides a sense of openness to the main entrance. The northern courtyard captures and frames a ‘green finger’ of landscape, creating ‘in-between’ green spaces which echo the vernacular architecture of the campus. The courtyards serve both to provide natural light and ventilation, but also support the creation of a therapeutic environment essential for this building typology. The internal street at the centre of the building is glazed to the courtyards and contains reception points, waiting areas, health information and a café.
As part of the appointment Avanti were asked to prepare a framework for the future development of the site including expanded community nursing units, out patients department, clinical spaces and office accommodation.
Largest primary care centre of its kind in Ireland
Area 6,500 sq.m