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Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit Musgrave Park Hospital

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
  • Project Name:
    Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit Musgrave Park Hospital
  • Client:
    Health Estates Agency
  • Location:
    Stockman's Lane, Belfast BT9 7JB, N.I.
  • Architect:
    McAdam Design Architects

Project Overview

New build construction of the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit comprising of part single and part two storey building of approximately 4300m² together with associated works (site works, foundations, structural framework, superstructure, drainage, installation of services and commissioning). The works also involved the removal of asbestos, the demolitions of a number of buildings on the site and minor alterations to form a link to the existing hospital.  The state-of-the-art complex provides specialist care and intensive rehabilitation physiotherapy for inpatients and outpatients with traumatic brain injuries under one roof and is recognised as the most progressive of its kind in Europe.

The Centre is also surrounded by high quality landscaped gardens designed to play a role in healing and patient rehabilitation. Integral to this contract was providing an uplifting environment for patient rehabilitation not only within the building but in the exterior patient areas. Green Park Healthcare Trust wanted a cutting-edge building, and was built in close consultation with patients, carers and staff. The result is a unit that provides a 21st Century, fit for purpose facility.

The building consists of a specialist unit for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a brain injury, including both in-patient and out-patient facilities, wards, staff bases, treatment rooms, a gymnasium and extensive therapy gardens. 

Located at the entrance of the hospital campus, the landmark building has a curved form which makes it striking and distinctive.

Other facilities include; 25 inpatient beds capacity including a self-contained six bed sub-unit, a full range of modern therapy facilities, pre-discharge assessment flat, private landscaped gardens and overnight accommodation for relatives.

Key Features

  • Northern Ireland's first specialised Brain Injury Unit 
  • William Keown Trust Access Award for user Friendly Access
  • Houses a range of vital multi-disciplinary services under one roof
  • Recognised as the most progressive of its kind in Europe
  • Unique curved design cuts out long corridors & anonymous spaces
  • Two ‘light wells’ run through the middle of the structure of the building to increase the amount of natural light inside the building. The nurse bases receive top natural lighting to improve the environment & provide clear visual focus
  • Therapy garden was specially designed on the ground floor with easy access for patients. The garden provides a range of surface textures, (gravel, grass, steps, decking) to assist in walking practice as part of rehabilitation.
  • Phased construction
  • In-patient & out-patient facilities, wards, staff bases, treatment rooms & gymnasium
  • Overnight accommodation facility


  • About 80 people need intensive rehabilitation for brain injuries every year - These people are at the centre of our service and we are delighted to be able to provide a 21st Century facility, fit for purpose, at Musgrave Park Hospital. Green Park Healthcare Trust, Jim Stewart
  • The facility represented the most progressive example of its kind in Europe - It is cutting-edge, built in close consultation with patients, carers and staff. The Trust's Hilary Boyd
  • We travelled around Europe looking at other brain injury units to get a clear picture of what was required for Northern Ireland, basically, we took the best bits. Project Manager, Brian Sore
  • The unit is a big step forward in treating patients following brain injury - Every individual's needs are tailor-made to suit them. Lead Clinician and Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Green Park Healthcare Trust, Dr John McCann
  • The Cedar Foundation had been involved with the option appraisal with Green Park Trust for this facility a number of years ago and it is terrific to see the project come to fruition today, the presence of the Royal Couple here today signifies the importance that this unique provision will have in the rehabilitation of people with brain injury. Deputy Chief Executive of Head of Brain Injury Services with The Cedar Foundation, Eileen Thomson, on The Prince and The Duchess of Cornwall attending the official opening the establishment
  • O’Hare and McGovern worked effectively to deliver the project within budget and programme, the quality of the finished building was of an excellent standard and has been successful when entered into a Healthcare award. Programme Director, Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Brendan Smyth
  • As Project Architect for the job, I worked closely with O’Hare and McGovern in successfully achieving the project’s objectives of delivering the scheme to the required high (healthcare) quality, completion in line with the programme and matching the project budget. Architectural Associate, Mc Adam Design, SP Warwick