Blackrock Clinic in Dublin is one of the most respected private medical hospitals in Ireland and has consultants with worldwide reputations. Originally, the hospital began with a single building constructed in the 1970s which, in itself, was considered a landmark building.
The site is on the Rock Road, commanding the most impressive views across the Dublin Bay. Through the growing success of the hospital's reputation it has grown over time and has consolidated the demand for more operational procedures and changing patient needs. The Board of Directors had secured additional land surrounding the building which had given an opportunity to consider a holistic development program for the site and the business in an effort to maintain the hospitals standing as the foremost private medical facility in Ireland.
Stuart Forbes Associates was retained as Architect to develop a site wide masterplan enabling the client to develop further their own business plan and, secondly, providing a building form which complemented and added to the existing infrastructure established on the site.
The site context was assessed in detail, including traffic analysis and road improvement schemes as well as impact on the local community. The findings of this analysis were then developed into a single scheme which manifested in a striking building form which maximised the potential for long distance views from the new building and also did not compromise the established views from the original building. Unfortunately the changing financial environment forced the Board of Directors to place the further development of the scheme on hold.