Waterford Health Park Healthcare, Ireland

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Waterford Health Park

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short-listed for the World Building of the Year 2010 at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona

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Built between 1842 and 1863 and designed by AWN Pugin according to his ideal monastery plans in ‘True Principles’, this building was a convent until 2005. In early 2006 we were approached by Dr Mark and Mrs Edel Rowe on behalf of the Rowe Creavin practice, to study the feasibility of transforming it into a Health Park. The Brief was an interesting one; to provide the full range of community-based medical services, from GP to Minor Operations, under the one roof and in a protected structure (listed building) of international importance. The nature of the brief suited the existing building with its cellular, centralised plan, allowing for a distribution of consulting rooms around a cloister layout on ground and first floors. During the survey process, we had discovered a soaring, barn–type structure hidden behind partitions in part of the building that had been ‘filled-in’ with rooms and floors in the early 1960s. We proposed that this space be restored to its original volume and be used as a semi-public reception and drop-in area, enlivened by the addition of a coffee shop and roof lighting. In order to make it the welcoming heart of the scheme, we took down the existing stone gable (which had been altered beyond recognition during the 1960s works) and used a fully glazed screen to present Pugin’s magnificent structure in section. read more …..world buildings directory