Lagan Valley Hospital Accident & Emergency Unit, Lisburn

Client

Down Lisburn Trust Estates Dept Lagan Valley Hospital

Cost

£1.38 million

Key Services Required

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering &
Lead Consultants

Awards

Project Information

Bennett Freehill were lead consultants on the refurbishment of the existing mortuary and stores accommodation to provide a new Accident and Emergency Department at Lagan Valley Hospital. The project involved extensive internal remodelling of an existing building and replacement and upgrading of mechanical and electrical services to suit the new department. The department was designed in accordance with the relevant Health Building Notes and Health Technical Memorandum.

The area available was 100sqm short of that required under HBN 22 (A& E Departments). Therefore imaginative solutions had to be created so that all required accommodation could be provided. This was generally achieved by doubling up uses for various rooms (i.e. children’s examination cubicles and fracture clinic), and by designing an ‘open plan’ solution.

Newly completed A&E departments were visited with the consultant to check sizes of accommodation, furniture etc and feedback was gathered from staff in these departments. Information gathered from these visits was taken into consideration in the detailed design. Room layout sheets were provided to demonstrate full integration of services, equipment and furniture.

Facilities include: Creation of new Accident & Emergency Department; Design process involved extremely high level of consultation with users; Planned with inviting waiting area to avoid high patient stress levels; Long staff base to ensure full visibility of all cubicles; Sub waiting areas to reduce crowds in main waiting area; 3-bed resuscitation unit; 6 minor injuries cubicles; 15-bed unit in total; Radiography section with full X ray facilities.

Paul O'Neill

MIET CEng MEng

Paul joined Bennett Freehill in late-2021 as part of the organisations drive towards technical excellence, an employee-focused culture, strategic growth and NZEB focus. 

A Chartered Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the construction and electrical industries, Paul has particular specialisms in electrical engineering, conservation, power generation and vertical transportation having worked on projects in the education, healthcare, hotels and office sectors. 

As electrical engineering design lead, Paul is responsible for technical delivery and project responsibility related to electrical engineering, and more critically, directing technical, quality and standards within the engineering teams.

Paul brings his passion for technical quality, buildability, progressivity and efficiency to the Bennett Freehill team.

Aaron McCarthy

MCIBSE CEng BEng

Aaron is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in sustainability and low carbon design, with detailed knowledge of passive design techniques and thermal modelling procedures.

Aaron joined Bennett Freehill in mid-2021, having previously gained 10 years’ experience as an Energy and Building Services design engineer within leading multi-national building services practices. Aaron brings extensive experience in managing and delivering large scale multi-disciplinary projects and has a wealth of experience in MEP Project Management.

Aaron is responsible for client liaison, technical delivery and management of design teams to ensure we meet our clients aspirations.

Aaron brings his passion and drive for successful project delivery through collaboration with clients and design teams.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.