Clancy were awarded the contract for the construction of a new two storey extension over the existing single storey Paediatric Inpatient Unit consistiing of new stair/lift cores and link to the main hospital building, stripping out and part refurbishment of the existing single storey building together with associated works including alterations to the main hospital corridor at first floor level, and site/landscaping works at Cork University Hospital.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and the only Level 1 Trauma Centre in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus.

Paediatrics phase 1 is an outpatient facility and day-care to include separate outpatient clinic facility for children in CUH plus day-care for surgery and other problems plus a children’s gym and facilities for children living with Diabetes and Cystic fibrosis and their medical and nursing teams. There is also an attached facility for paediatric medical education.

Project dates as per tender programme were:
» Start 13-7-15 – Finish 11-10 -16 – 62 week working programme.
Project dates revised due to scope increase (1/3 of 2nd floor added to contract:
» Start 13-7-15 – Finish 11-11-16.
67 week working programme resulting in a final project value of €10 million.

Foundations comprised of piles and pile caps both externally and internally within the existing ground floor unit. These works included the removal of the existing concrete floors and using a mini pilling rig due to height restrictions.

The existing ground floor had to remain intact during these evasive works so due care was required to ensure minimal damage was caused. The main structure is a steel structure with a Tegral metal Comflor deck on the 1st floor, a precast concrete floor on the 2nd floor and a metal deck to form the roof.

Internal works comprised of M&E services which was coordinated by both Clancy’s and the mechanical contractor. Due to the type of structure and design, coordination was difficult as the volume of services running within ceiling voids was excessive and space was reduced due to steel beams. Plasterboard stud walls made up the internal walls which divided rooms into facility spaces, consultancy examination rooms, day wards, lecture theatres and staff offices. The first floor was predominantly being resourced by the Cork University Hospital while the top floor was being fully resourced and taken over by UCC for office and teaching facilities.

The external walls are made up of SFS infill stud which achieves a one hour rating from inside to out and outside to in. A test was carried out on this system specifically for the project. The studs of this infill stud had to be coordinated to align with the rail system requirements of the Tegral cladding.

Other works associated would be full joinery packages, flooring and ceiling packages, curtain walling and window installs and furniture package among others.

Progress reporting was a large element of works which Clancy updated weekly and issued to the Design Team on a fortnightly basis, 2-3 days ahead of meetings. This meant keeping on top of all schedules which had to be updated each time the relevant correspondence was issued from each person on the design team.

Having these schedules and programmes updated regularly allowed us as a team to monitor progress and ensure that we were keeping ahead of the future workload.

Why was this project exceptional?


Site access and egress was a big issue for both Clancy’s and the Client. Due to the accessibility of the site within the CUH campus, Clancy’s proposed a temporary road down from the staff car park which was a vital success factor for the project. This provided a safe access for both project staff and materials and also the hospital staff throughout the project. The client has mentioned this as a major success factor for the project. The road was not easily constructed and required the use of BIM and Engineering design to come up with the final construction.

“A particular aspect of the successful completion of the project was Clancys ingenuity in suggesting the installation of the new site access road which made site logistics possible while keeping the flow of hospital staff and members of the public safe”
Alan O Connell, Project Supervisor HS


Coordination of services was a big issue for both the 1st and 2nd floor due to the depth of steels supporting each floor. This meant that we had to have a number of workshops, site walks and coordination drawing options complete in order to come up with the best solution. Some of the solutions to allow M&E access through corridor walls was to extend door goalpost supports into the corridor walls and not the cross corridor walls. A simple solution to a big problem.


Materials’ tracking was also a new procedure to be trailed out on this project. A list of quantities was taken from the BOQ and as these materials were being called off by the site team, a track of quantities used on site was recorded on this document so that the Quantity Surveyors could track material costs throughout the project.
As a result of engaging in BIM and the use of value engineering the site management team were able to complete this project within schedule with a duration of 67 weeks with a hand over date on the 11-11-16 within budget and to an extremely high quality finish.