South Donegal's 80-bed Community Nursing Unit Reaches Substantial Completion

21 Jul 2023

South Donegal's 80-bed Community Nursing Unit Reaches Substantial Completion

The Varming building design team has been a part of many high-profile projects in our 75-year history, and we're here to tell you about another that just reached substantial completion. On this occasion, it's the state-of-the-art, 80-bed Community Nursing Unit (CNU) on the site of Sheil Hospital in Ballyshannon.

The €29.0m project our M & E engineers worked on comprised 69 single bedrooms, as well as seven twin bedrooms featuring a blend of short-stay, long-stay and specialist dementia wards. Major updates were also made to the existing hospital to facilitate ancillary, as well as day hospital services.

Varming's Work On the Project

Alongside the main contractor Boyle Construction Ltd, Varming's building services design consultants were commissioned to provide electrical and mechanical services, lift installations, and site monitoring, including Building Regulations Certification (BCAR) for the development of the South Donegal Community Nursing Home. 

Mechanical installation features included:

  • Boiler plant with air source heat pumps

  • LPHW heating 

  • Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery

  • Cooling systems

  • Water services

  • Piped oxygen

  • BMS controls

  • Soils & Wastes

Our electrical engineers also installed:

  • Patient wander management system

  • Lighting & emergency lighting with feature light

  • Upgraded LV infrastructure

  • G10 generator and ESB substation 

  • Fire protection systems

  • Security Systems

  • Comms & cabinets

  • Nurse call system

Additionally, the lift installation included two new 33-person bed lifts over four levels and the replacement of the existing 17-person lift. To see full details of the work carried out, please follow this link.

Leading the Way in Irish Building Design

This is one of the many projects we're proud to say that Varming's team of consulting engineers have been involved with. As such, if you'd like to see more examples of the work we do in sustainable design and M & E engineering, please visit us today at

Alternatively, should you wish to speak to our expert team about your next project to see how we can help, simply call our Dublin HQ on 01 4872300.



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