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South West Acute Hospital

Northern Ireland’s new landmark hospital celebrates its unique landscape

  • 69K

    Square Meters

  • 26HA

    Greenfield Site

  • 2013

    RICS Design Award

  • Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Designing a large hospital that feels like home

How does an architect address the challenge of designing a large hospital that still feels human and accessible? The new hospital feels rooted–grown out of the rolling hills of Enniskillen’s landscape.

The lower floors of the entrance blocks are clad in local Donegal shale and the top floors consist of timber and glass. Unlike most hospitals with deep floor plans, the building mass has been broken down and thinned by designing a group of four smaller blocks connected by glass links. These smaller blocks are further connected by a linear garden, a full length circulation spine that organises the building. Intensive clinical services including the emergency department, operating suites, imaging, and labs are in front. Designated centres for women and children and outpatient services are on the ground floor with single-patient bedrooms above–a first in Ireland.

South West Acute Hospital also serves as a real boon to Enniskillen–sustaining opportunities for new jobs, small business start-ups and social interaction while providing higher quality healthcare–activities that serve to strengthen the fabric and health of the community.

At a Glance

  • South West Acute Hospital
Building Better Healthcare Awards, Winner, Best Inpatient Facility, 2013
IADHA, Healthcare Project over 40K sqm Winner, Sustainable Design, Highly Commended, Interior, 2013
Meet Our Team

Ileana Alexandratos, Senior Associate, Healthcare Architecture

For me healthcare architecture is all about people. I enjoy building consensus between groups to create a shared vision.
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Annie Coull, Senior Architect, Healthcare

Healthcare architecture is the result of a perfect fusion of the ordinary and extraordinary, and this is manifested most creatively in environments for children.

Velimira Drummer, Interior Leader, Associate and Senior Architect

Good interior design has the power to enhance our moods and even change our behaviour—at best, it improves lives.
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Catherine Zeliotis, Principal

Imaginative clinical planning is inseparable from great building design. The free flow of ideas is exhilarating.

Ileana Alexandratos

Senior Associate, Healthcare Architecture

Annie  Coull

Senior Architect, Healthcare

Velimira Drummer

Interior Leader, Associate and Senior Architect

Catherine Zeliotis


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