Working closely with the Client and design team, Henry J Lyons Architects and CSEA Civil/Structural Engineers, Callaghan Engineering are responsible for full mechanical and electrical engineering design.
The centre is located on an existing HSE health centre site close to the town centre. The minimum building energy rating target is A3 with the team striving to achieve an A2 rating through the use of renewable technologies such are air-source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting. The building is designed to maximise natural ventilation.
The electrical power distribution for the project required an on-site substation to be designed into facility which houses a team of general practice doctors, dentists , and physiotherapists. The building also provides a pharmacy, café, community hall and old-folks centre.
Overall area over 3 floors is approximately 5,000 square metres.
The Primary Care Centre project at Clogherhead is an extension and upgrade of approximately 300 m2 to an existing primary care facility.
The project budget is approximately €500,000 and includes an occupational therapy unit and multi-use examination rooms, with the remainder being ancillary rooms. The M&E systems designed for the project included general services, lighting, nurse-call, fire-safety, access control and security, ICT, heating, water services and ventilation as well as soils and wastes. The design was completed to HTM and HBN standards.
During the construction phase relocation was necessary for some of the existing facility while the remainder continued in service. Our engineers have attended site meetings throughout, monitoring construction, commissioning and handover.
The construction phase is due to be completed in August 2016. The facility has been designed to an A3 BER rating.
Callaghan Engineering were appointed to design the Mechanical and Electrical services for the refurbishment of an existing hospital ward which was being used for palliative care. The systems which were replaced included general services, lighting and emergency lighting, nurse-call and ICT.
The hospital used an existing contractor to execute the works while Callaghan Engineering supervised the installation , commissioning and handover. Our engineers also fulfilled the role of PSDP.
The mechanical services are also due to be replaced to include air-conditioning, heating and water services as well as soils and wastes. This work is due to take place in 2016.
Some of the challenges faced by the engineering team included integrating modern services within older existing installations and also the routing of services infrastructure through the fabric of the building where some of the walls measured up to 12 inches in thickness.