Havenwood Nursing Care Facility

Project name and location

Havenwood Nursing Care Facility & Retirement Village Bishopscourt, Ballygunner, Waterford

Project details

Clancy Construction were appointed design and build contractor for the Havenwood Retirement Village which is a privately run nursing home with assisted-living apartments and independent houses. This project involved the design and construction of a 64 bedroom nursing home built in conjunction with 24 assisted-living apartments and 12 independent living, 2-bedroom homes all constructed to the highest standards. All ancillary site works were completed by Clancy Construction. This included 120m of gabion boundary walls to the adjacent wetlands.

Sustainability: Under floor heating was used throughout the building powered with an innovative boiler heating system. 

Completing the project to a very high standard in a record time ensured that all 64 beds in the Nursing Home were occupied in less than 6 months – almost a year ahead of the anticipated schedule.

The challenge

This was a fast-track project was finished in a record time of 10 months. Traditional strip footings were specified for this project but due to poor soil conditions they would have to be very deep and would have required very deep rising walls resulting in extensive time delays.

How we overcame the challenge

Off-site construction was used extensively in this project. In order to keep to the tight project schedule we utilised precast piles, precast pile caps and precast beams for all the foundations and rising walls. 86 bathroom pods were made off site using timber frame construction and were delivered and installed over a 14 day period. This gave us a tremendous saving in time and supervision at the end of the project. Under normal circumstances we would have had numerous wet and dry trades trying to access the bathrooms in confined conditions in order to complete finishes.


This project was delivered on time and within budget.