The labour and delivery unit (LDU) at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin was far above the capacity of the infrastructure. The LDU rooms were running at up to 130% occupancy, or often greater, at peak times.

After examining options, such as relocating the LDU or reducing the number of patients, extending and refurbishing was the most acceptable option.

Planning permission was obtained for a new extension to be developed at level 2 of the NMH above the facility’s engineering buildings. The extension involved expanding the building above the public road at Holles Row. The solution adopted integrates with the existing LDU and ties into the services of the current building.

This proposal also enabled the LDU to continue operating during work before moving operations to the extension to allow for refurbishment of the LDU facility.