St. Fintan’s Hospital Portlaoise


The refurbishment project consisted of phased fit-out refurbishment to create a CAMH’s unit, Therapy unit, intervention rooms and Admin accommodation of circa 1000m2. Phase 1 consisted of the CAMH unit on ground floor of circa 200m2 with phase 2 consisting of the new admin area on the
2nd floor of circa 550m2 and the final phase of the creation of therapy space, external access ramps and service connections.

Fit-Out and Finishes

The internal finishes were completed to HSE requirements, Full decoration was carried out with
Sterishield finishes, new furniture, kitchens, tiling, vinyl flooring etc. All Joinery was prefinished oak
with Formica foil wrap doors. Anti-ligature fittings were installed in the therapy rooms with padded walls and floors internal and
external signage, disabled bathroom and hoist facilities were also installed.
A new Kardex filing machine was installed along with relocating the existing unit. Structural changes
were required to facilitate and carry this.
New suspended ceilings were installed as well as new power, lighting and data reticulation being
integrated as part of the M & E package.


There was a full M&E installation with BMS controls, Gas heating with anti-ligature fitting used in
certain areas. Detailed M & E coordination of services was required to maintain all existing working
areas live.

Health and Safety Aspects

Work was within an existing medical facility campus – shared access and roads were one issue to be
contended with as well as other contractors on site, and, the general hospital public. Separation and
crossover were managed to avoid any incidences. Site security and the site fencing and hoarding of
public and construction areas were critical. Work was carried out on a phase basis in a live building.
The contractor was given one floor at a time and the floors above and below were live at all times.
Management of shared stair access, dust, noise control etc. were particular challenges to the

Environmental Aspects

Dust and Noise control was pivotal to the success of the project. Various control measures were in
place such as selection of quiet power tools, and systems of work to ensure minimisation of dust.

Particular Challenges

Access to upper floor area via external access and scaffold and mitigation of the disturbance to the
existing Staff and Patients were critical to the successful completion of the project.
The tight programme was a particular challenge, in the, areas for staff relocation had to be made
available in order to facilitate their decant and commencement of other projects to programme.