Nazareth House Care Home
Nazareth House in Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland, is a very special and unique home founded by the Sisters of Nazareth, which has a long tradition and reputation for providing holistic care. They provide a range of services that are person centred and delivered by a team of highly qualified professional staff. The home is a place of warmth and serenity where residents are guaranteed a ‘home from home’ welcome from the Sisters and staff.
In 1930, the Sisters of Nazareth were invited to Mallow by the Health Authority to provide a better quality of life for a large number of long stay residents in the County Home (now Mallow Hospital). Since then Nazareth House has provided high quality care for the people of North Cork and further afield. They are proud of this heritage and today, this mission of care and education continues with the able assistance of a Nazareth Care Professional team.
The Nursing Home has recently been refurbished to accommodate 120 residents with 130 members of staff providing round the clock nursing, respite and palliative care.
The refurbishment project consisted of the construction of a new 120 bed extension and refurbishment of its existing buildings, as well as extensive external works incorporating new car parking areas, rainwater attenuation tanks, realignment of existing access roads and landscaping to the entire facility. All of the above works were carried out on a live care home campus with 85 residents and circa 120 staff meaning that close liaison with the client, care home management team and design team members was needed to plan and execute the works.
Phase one of the works was carried out over a 74 week period (02/01/2017 – 01/06/2018) and consisted of:
- Refurbishment of the lower ground floor of the existing Nazareth House building.
- Refurbishment of Newberry House including demolition of ancillary buildings.
- Construction of new 120 bed care home extension including demolition of existing buildings and 26,000cum bulk dig.
Also as part of the work, selective demolition and existing internal partitions within Nazareth House and Newberry House have facilitated new internal arrangements. While some such partitions were original to the building, many were introduced under subsequent interventions. The link building which connects Newberry House with Nazareth House has been retained, and other retained structures include the Laundry Building and the Mortuary Chapel.
Phase two of the works was carried out over a 59 week period (02/06/2019 – 19/07/2019) and consisted of:
- Refurbishment of the main Nazareth House building including significant demolition works.
- Realignment of the existing entrance road.
- Extensive site works.
Speaking to PREMIER CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE about their involvement with the refurbishment, Niall Chisholm from Reddy Architecture + Urbanism (RAU) said: “Nazareth House Nursing Home is designed to be non-institutional in nature where the focus is on the promotion of emotional wellbeing, while careful consideration of the households encourages social interaction between the residents and staff. Visitors are welcomed through a large clearstory volume which contains double height reception area and seating area, along with coffee dock and Assembly Hall. All new interventions within the existing fabric are maximised by the use and play of natural light.
“Central to the design was the refurbishment of the 1920’s protected structures and the construction of two and three storey 120 bedroom households. This is arranged around two landscaped internal courtyards available to all residents. Strong connections are made between internal patient spaces and the external landscape without compromising patient privacy. The new building has been designed as a simple geometrically rectangular plan, linked to a one storey dementia household with purpose designed courtyard and wander loop.”
Since its completion, the project has been shortlisted for a 2020 Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Award in the category of Healthcare Building. Winners of the ICE Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 28th March 2020.
“RAU were delighted to be selected for this project, which was very challenging given the typology, location and site,” said Niall. “We spent a lot of time with the clients to discuss how the nursing would operate but not in the traditional sense. The scheme was developed to provide a mix of ancillary spaces which enhanced the environments with light filled spaces that flow, allowing the residents access to a sensory garden with carefully crafted framed views of the surrounding hills and landscape.”