- Tony Canavan, Chief Officer, HSE
Ballinrobe is a thriving and cosmopolitan market town with a growing population. To serve this burgeoning community, a new 2,067sqm primary care centre has been constructed for client the Health Service Executive (HSE). It is one of 14 new centres across Ireland and one of three in County Mayo alone.
The two-storey building uses a variety of materials to create a crisp modern look, while the layout provides flexibility for the future and a design that can evolve to meet changing patient demographics and clinical need.
The new centre will provide a wide range of community-based services, such as general practice, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and public health nursing.
After the HSE had taken the project through design and planning, it appointed Prime to review the plans to ensure best value, innovation, quality and future proofing. Applying its expertise in healthcare property development, Prime suggested a number of adjustments including improved room adjacencies and additional facilities, plus planned use of a GP suite expansion area.
Clinical and administrative rooms have been relocated, grouping them together to improve operational efficiency. Simple design changes, such as the addition of half-height walls to divide waiting areas, keep the area light but aid wayfinding and improve visibility.
Improvements outside the building – such as wider car parking spaces – have also been made, improving accessibility and the overall patient, visitor and staff experience.
The new primary care centre in Ballinrobe was built by JJ Rhatigan on behalf of Balfour Beatty Ireland.