Located in Craigavon, County Armagh, Craigavon Area Hospital is an essential part of the hospital network provided by the Southern Trust.
The Trust’s acute hospital network – Craigavon and Daisy Hill Hospitals – now serve a population of over 360,000 with patients being treated in both hospitals from outside the Southern area.
Over 77,000 people a year attend the Emergency Department at Craigavon, making it one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Northern Ireland. Furthermore the population within the Southern Trust is now the 2nd largest in Northern Ireland, with the population increasing by more than twice the NI average since 2000.
It is projected that Southern Trust population will grow by 20.6% from 2008-2023 – the highest projected growth in Northern Ireland and by 2023, a 69% increase is projected in Southern Trust population aged 75+ (compared to NI average of 55%).
The need for new up to date facilities is therefore acute and over the past decade the hospital has undergone several multimillion pound developments. Notably, £15.2 million was invested in a local Trauma and Orthopaedics service which was ‘built from scratch’- previously people from the Southern area would have had to travel to Belfast for this service.
The Southern Trust has worked on these developments with long term architects Milligan Reside Larkin who, in addition to designing the Trauma and Orthopaedics theatre have worked on a variety of other aspects within the Craigavon Area Hospital.
As of August 2011 work began on £1.5 million refurbishment and extension of the existing theatre department within Craigavon Area Hospital. The works entail the construction of one new theatre and also the refurbishment of a current department to create a new facility and a 23-bed recovery unit.
Speaking about the developments, Mark Bloomer, Director of Milligan Reside Larkin said:
“The original facility within the hospital was built in the late 60s and was in need of refurbishment.
“The development is a multi phase scheme and is currently in its third phase, on schedule to be complete by March 2013. It’s progressing very well, but it is quite a difficult scheme as we’re working in a live environment right beside theatres and it has therefore taken a lot of time from all parties to make sure everything runs smoothly.
“When finished it will be one of the most modern theatre facilities in Northern Ireland, of course it is a major capital scheme and is very important to us.”
Milligan Reside Larkin is a long established Architectural Practice working across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Fabrite Engineering have been carrying out all the structural steelwork, architectural metalwork and cladding on the theatre extension and refurbishment.
The firm is based in Lisburn but operates throughout the region, providing comprehensive Steelwork services, assisting from the earliest stages of a project through to its completion and handover. The company has a reputation for developing close working relationships with clients, providing proactive and prompt support.