National Forensic Mental Health Service, built by OHLA, opens in North Dublin

November 11, 2022

Hospital National Forensic Mental. Dublín, Irlanda
National Forensic Mental Health Service

OHLA adds a new milestone in the hospital field with the start-up of the National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS), a new state-of-the-art hospital center located in Portrane, 22 km north of Dublin, Ireland. Located in the Santa Ita hospital complex, it is intended for the care of mentally ill patients with areas equipped to provide treatment and care for patients with medium and high security requirements.

The complex, designed in the form of a campus, covers more than 16 hectares and consists of 10 buildings with a capacity for up to 170 patients. In addition, it is equipped with 13 hospital wards, a primary health care and therapy center, and an administrative complex with buildings for energy production, maintenance and horticulture, among other facilities. The campus, considered a high-security facility, is protected by a 2 km long perimeter fence that is 5.2 m high.

During the project design process, the BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology was followed, incorporating new collaborative tools in the development and management of the project that have a positive impact in terms of sustainability, by achieving cost optimization and responsible use of material resources.

The project has achieved BREEAM Excellent sustainable certification thanks to measures such as the recycling of more than 50,000 m3 of excavation materials on site. In addition, all buildings have a large number of services and are fully integrated to achieve greater energy, control and communications efficiency. It has also been honored with an Award Merit by the prestigious Engineering News-Record (ENR) publication in the Healthcare category of the Global Best Projects Awards 2022.

100 years promoting health infrastructures

OHLA’s hospital activity began in 1930 in Spain and has spread to countries such as the USA, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, the Antilles, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Ireland. In total, the company has carried out the construction of more than 150 new hospitals, equivalent to more than six million square meters and more than 60,000 beds. In addition, 200 renovation and expansion projects and nearly 100 health centers have been completed. His portfolio includes important projects such as the Hospital Militar de la Reina (Chile), the Hospital Universitario de Burgos (Spain) and the renovation and expansion of the South Miami Hospital (Florida, USA).