BAM has started construction on a €20m clinical research facility and translational research facility (CRF-TRF) at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The four-storey 5,345m² building is situated on the grounds of University Hospital Galway (UHG) and is adjacent to the university’s Clinical Science Institute, UHG’s critical care facilities, ward accommodation block and the maternity wards.
When completed, the building will facilitate medical research side-by-side with patient care in UHG.
The translational research facility will be situated on the second and third floors of the building and will feature flexible lab spaces.
BAM said the facility will have direct links to the Clinical Science Institute where many of the university’s medical students are situated, at both ground and second floor levels.
The HRB Clinical Research Facility, which will be located the ground and first floors, will form part of an Irish Network of Clinical Research Facilities.
Upon completion, the facility will have a space specially designed for clinical research in regenerative medicine.
The CRF will have direct connections to the existing hospital at both ground and first floor levels and will be owned and operated by the Health Services Executive and University Hospital Galway.
BAM Contractors chief executive Theo Cullinane said the project will have a significant impact in the field for many years.
"We look forward to delivering a cutting-edge facility which is as successful as the awarding-winning Engineering Building we constructed on campus in 2010," Cullinane said.
Construction of the facility is anticipated to take about 16 months to complete.
Image: Translational Research Building at NUI Galway. Photo courtesy of National University of Ireland, Galway.