Ballyshannon Community Hospital in Co. Donegal has won the coveted Healthcare Project of the Year Award at the Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Awards 2024.

The award recognises work of the Health Service Executive North-West and the design team in delivering a critical piece of healthcare infrastructure for older people living in South Donegal, North Leitrim, and North Sligo. The design team included Rhatigan Architects; Roughan & O'Donovan (civil and structural); Varming Consulting Engineers (mechanical and electrical); Turner & Townsend (quantity surveyors) and Letterkenny-based Boyle Construction Ltd. as contractor.

The €28.5m scheme involved significant upgrades to the existing Sheil Hospital in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal; a modern extension to the existing building providing sixty-six single bedrooms and seven twin bedrooms; and associated car parking and site services. A southern link road providing a new entrance to the hospital was incorporated into the design to improve community access and reduce local traffic congestion.

The ICE Awards reward best practices across the full range of construction disciplines, architectural and engineering design and project categories. The shortlist for the ‘Healthcare Project of the Year’ award included three very fine projects, namely, Boyneview Nursing Unit, Drogheda; Blackwater House, St Davnet’s Hospital, Monaghan; and CRM Interior Fit-Outs, Medical Optics.