Carrick-on-Suir is a medieval town in County Tipperary, situated on both banks of the River Suir linked by the mid fifteenth century ‘Old Bridge’.
Carrick, home to a population of around 8,000, has an excellent local infrastructure whilst being within commuting distance to Clonmel and Waterford City.
A new primary care centre (PCC) is being built for this thriving town by the Health Service Executive
(HSE) in collaboration with Prime, Balfour Beatty
and HICL Infrastruture Ltd
. The 2,559sqm centre will offer a number of services including GPs, community nursing, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, home help, mental health, counselling and nutrition to the local community.
Local people will have a top class, community based healthcare service on their doorstep, and it is a further step towards delivering the right care in the right place at the right time.”
Denis Landy, Labour Senator
Prime applied its expertise in healthcare property development to support the HSE with a review of its existing plans to ensure innovation in design, quality, future-proofing and best value. It was able to suggest a number of affordable property solutions to enhance the project, creating a more welcoming building which will improve user experience, benefitting the client, patients and staff alike.
Recommendations included minor changes to rooms to give flexibility for the future and the provision of additional WCs increasing functionality and comfort for patients. Prime recognises that small changes can make a big difference; by adding a small lobby at the entrance they have reduced the potential for draughts into the main waiting area whilst reducing building heating costs, making the PCC more cost effective to run. Slight alterations to the Dental Waiting Area have created a more welcoming space and improved patient experience by ensuring that wayfinding is logical and intuitive.
The consortium partners have worked from the ground upwards to create a modern and sustainable building, intelligently designed with every aspect of its functionality considered to offer patients and staff an optimum experience.