St. Vincent's University Hospital - Clinical Block

St. Vincent’s University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving the south-east of Dublin city and is the primary trauma centre for a catchment population of 300,000. The 470 bed hospital provides over 40 medical specialities and is one of 8 specialist national cancer care centres in Ireland. In 1997, the hospital commissioned STW to prepare a Development Control Plan to guide the development of the hospital, optimize the use of the prime inner-suburban site, and create a coherent vision which would support the business case for future publicly funded projects. STW is proud to have undertaken over 100 projects for St Vincent’s, ranging from rapid options-appraisals and feasibility studies to the design and delivery of over £300 million of capital projects.


OPUS Award

Regional Award
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

St.Vincents University Hospital

Dublin 4, Ireland

In Use



The largest project delivered under the Development Control Plan (DCP) was a 25,000sqm clinical block providing eight new operating theatres, an intensive care unit, pathology laboratories, radiology and diagnostic imaging services, ambulatory day-care centre with two theatres, new consulting rooms, and a new accident and emergency department treating over 40,000 cases per annum.

The new accommodation is designed on five floors around a central atrium, creating an exceptionally clear, light filled building which empowers the St Vincent’s team to deliver its core values of human dignity, compassion and quality of care which has guided the hospital since 1834.

Construction works commenced with demolition by implosion of a 13 storey nurses home followed by complex services diversions including a steam main, major road realignments, the provision of aspergillus protection, deep excavations, and underpinning, fire safety and refurbishment works to existing buildings. All were minutely planned and carefully phased to prevent any risk to patient safety or disruption to operation of this live 24 hour trauma centre.

STW simultaneously delivered several other projects on site, including an acute psychiatric unit, breast screening building, mortuary, waste management centre and a 500 space multi-storey car park which is now an important revenue source.