Ambulatory Care Centre, Mater Hospital

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Client: Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Completion: Competition Entry

Value: £26m

Project Summary

McAdams were delighted to be invited by the BHSCT to be as a select list participant in a design competition for the new Ambulatory Care Centre at the acute Mater Hospital in Belfast. Working in partnership with our UK specialist Healthcare Architects Gilling Dodd we designed an exciting new development on this restricted, interface site in West Belfast. Our proposal addressed a diverse set of clinical services and accommodation including: Outpatients & Ophthalmology Services / Endoscopy Unit / Diagnostic Imaging Unit / Day Surgery & Interventional Radiology and a centralised decontamination unit for the whole hospital. 

In addition to these key facilities the building also offered an exciting commercial opportunity through a centralised Welcome Centre, which combined visitor entrance and  seating space with areas for a potential café and retail / pharmacy unit. Whilst these areas fell outside the client budget, we demonstrated that these value additions could be separately financed through commercial opportunities. The building was organised to best facilitate the clinical flows & wayfinding, working within a ‘patient first’ approach.


Our design was focused on delivering enhanced patient and staff experiences through provision of the following key benefits:

  • Transformation of the existing Mater campus to provide improved services that meet the ever- increasing clinical demand of an acute hospital
  • Created a healthcare building that responds to the specific needs patients and staff in a welcoming and professional manner
  • Provide enhanced circulation and easy navigation for patients and staff
  • A design that incorporates materials which balance aesthetics with resilience reflecting the high usage by patients and staff 
  • Released land & surplus buildings within main hospital site, which could in the future benefit the acute, emergency & inpatient care provision
  • Improved and rationalised the parking serving the whole hospital

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