79 2018 Architecture Awards Build Among the firm’s recent successful projects is the Grangegorman Primary Care Centre in Dublin, which Eamon is keen to discuss in more detail. “Our most recent Healthcare project is the Grangegorman Primary Care Centre in Dublin which is part of the Health Service Executive’s strategic development of the former St. Brendan’s Hospital site to provide healthcare facilities for the local community including Dublin’s north inner city. As part of the National Primary Care programme, the building accommodates healthcare professionals and general practitioners in addition to Audiology and Ophthalmology.” “The brief required 3,700m2 of accommodation, of which 1,400m2 is in the former Laundry building which is a protected structure. As a combination of refurbishment / conservation of an existing protected structure and a new build extension, the project characterises the approach to the larger campus plan of protecting and conserving the best of our heritage while developing modern innovative architectural solutions for a 21st Century campus. The project, like all our current projects, was completed in 3D with BIM which allowed the coordination of all elements of the design team and provided realistic renders to the client and end users enabling them to make informed decisions early in the project thus limiting onsite changes and contractor claims. We find the move to BIM invaluable to both the production and managing of information and the delivery of high quality projects over traditional systems. “Overall a complex brief has been carefully handled by combining a modern architectural form of building and proving clear legibility and allowing visitors to experience the original light-filled Victorian structure.” Among the firm’s key focuses is sustainability, as it seeks to create buildings that enhance the health of both their users and the planet, as Eamon highlights. “Here at Taylor Architects we are committed to bringing the latest technology, innovation and research to our client’s projects to ensure sustainable development. We are committed to sustainable architectural principles and use various methods to reduce our global impact. To demonstrate this, we carried out a CO2 audit on the operations of our practice and in close association with the Edinburgh Institute of Carbon Management we have achieved carbon neutral status. As a result, Taylor Architects were the first architectural practice in Ireland to achieve CO2 neutral status. In our projects we use natural materials where possible, review life-cycle impacts, energy use, recycling of materials and reduce the use of precious natural resources such as water. This helps us to create projects that will stand the test of time and support our planet.” Ultimately, Taylor Architects design beautiful, sustainable and affordable facilities that help its clients to improve the health of patients and communities. This will remain the firm’s ongoing focus as it looks towards a bright and opportunity filled future.