Brief

Primarily this project was about bringing together a number of elements of the National Ambulance Service in one building. This involved the relocation of the control room, training facilities and administration areas into a single building.

The facility also necessitated the provision of space for the National Aero-medical Control Desk, Patient Transport Services, PSIAM services and National Ambulance Incident Control Room.

The client's requirements included dividing the facility into three distinct areas:
• Control areas including 999 call taker areas and associated spaces.
• College space featuring lecture theatres and simulation rooms.
• Administrative areas.

The main design challenge this project presented was to create a building that respected the distinct identity of each user group, while simultaneously generating a sense of unity among them.

Response

Lafferty were involved in the project from due diligence, through concept design to completion. Considerable care had to be taken in the design of the fit-out as it represents a key piece of National Infrastructure and the arrangement of spaces and potential views into the premises had to be evaluated carefully. The premises itself presented considerable challenges not least of which was the requirement for the vast data centre on the fourth floor which required the insertion of a new structural steel support floor independently connected to the existing structural frame. The  BIM model provided by the steel fabricator and inserted into the design BIM model greatly increased the ease with which the design and construction teams could visualise this complex intervention.

Lafferty assembled and led a highly skilled multi discipline team for all design service for the fit out of the NAS Control Centre on mirrored sites in Tallaght and Ballyshannon. The Lafferty appointment was via EU Tender Process. The Project won Fit-Out Project of the Year, Public Sector, 2014. Establish the potential of the property to achieve the brief objectives

The use of the facility was for administration, training and NAS Control Centre in liaison with HSE Estates. Management of the above stakeholders was essential for the successful delivery of the project. Lafferty were also involved at site acquisition stage by HSE Estates from NAMA.  The project was delivered under the Government Form of Contract.

A key piece of national infrastructure, considerable care was taken during the design and fit-out of this building.  The end result is a unifying space where each operational sector can interact or focus on individual activities, as need dictates.

This project won Healthcare Fit Out Project 2014 at the Irish Fit Out Awards.