Ballinrobe Primary Care Centre

Ballinrobe, Ireland

"The construction of these state of the art primary care centres, strategically located throughout our region, will provide us with the much needed infrastructure to deliver primary care services that will match the very best available across Europe to the people of the west of Ireland." - Tony Canavan, Chief Officer, HSE
Ballinrobe Primary Care Centre

Ballinrobe is a thriving and cosmopolitan market town with a growing population. To serve this burgeoning community a new 2,067sqm primary care centre is currently being 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 mould to meet changing patient demographics and clinical need.

It is anticipated that 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, more aesthetic design and additional facilities, plus planned use of a GP suite expansion area.

Clinical and administrative rooms have been relocated to group them together allowing ease of operation as staff transition through their working day. Simple design changes such as the addition of half height walls to divide waiting areas keep the area light but aid wayfinding and improve the line of sight.

Improvements outside the building such as wider car parking spaces have also been made to comply with planning conditions and building regulations, whilst improving accessibility and the overall visitor and staff experience.

The new primary care centre in Ballinrobe is currently being built by JJ Rhatigan on behalf of Balfour Beatty Ireland and is expected to open late 2017.

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