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RCSI announces €22m investment in new Education and Research Centre at Connolly Hospital

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has announced an investment of €22 million in the development of a new education and research centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Due for completion in February 2024, the new centre joins the Smurfit Building, Education and Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital. It will be RCSI’s second clinical centre of academic excellence in Ireland. The construction contract for the new facility was signed today by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd.

Connolly Hospital is an integral part of the RCSI campus. This future-focused development reflects the university’s commitment to the hospital and the broader RCSI Hospital Group. It will greatly enhance the student experience for the Graduate Entry Medicine students based at Connolly. This is in addition to other RCSI students while on clinical placement at the hospital.

The building will provide increased capacity for RCSI’s translational research. It will be the location for a new paediatric allergy research centre.

CHI Ambulatory Paediatric Facility opened recently and the development will be alongside it. So, it will contribute to the continued expansion of services, facilities and the education and healthcare workforce at Connolly Hospital. The hospital serves the population of West Dublin in addition to a wider region via the M50.

: RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI President spoke about the new centre

Professor P. Ronan O’Connell said: “The development of this new clinical centre of academic excellence represents a significant investment for RCSI. It will further strengthen our academic partnership with Connolly Hospital as well as the wider RCSI Hospital Group. The opening of the new centre will be transformative for our educational programmes. It will greatly enhance the RCSI student experience and as well as enriching the local community.”

“We want to play our part in building a health service with the capacity to meet the needs of our growing and aging population. It provides a fulfilling career for healthcare professionals. This new Centre will help us to reimagine the way we are educating our students. This is so they can respond to changes in the scope of their practice. Therefore they can thrive in professionally and personally rewarding careers. It will also allow us to educate new professional groups such as Physician Associates, which is a relatively new profession in Irish healthcare with the potential to greatly improve efficiency and patient experience”, added Professor O’Connell.

About the building:

McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects designed the 4,100 square metre development. The three-storey building is designed with two distinct interlocking blocks. This is for academic, faculty and administration functions with a communal atrium area linking the two, providing amenity and support space for students and staff. The building will also have a large public area which will be open to Connolly Hospital staff.

Reflecting RCSI’s commitment to sustainability, the building has been designed using the Energy Efficient Design approach to meet the highest standards in energy efficiency and will be ‘A’ rated. So some of the key features are solar electricity production on site, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, use of heat pumps, natural ventilation and use of the most highly energy efficient building materials available.

RCSI has been at the forefront of health education since 1784. Therefore as one of the few educational institutions in the world focused solely on health sciences, the university aims to enhance human health by equipping students to become world-class healthcare professionals who go on to improve human health in Ireland and across the world.

: RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

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