Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards


Scott Tallon Walker are pleased to announce that the Whitty Building at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has won the Infrastructure of the Year Award at the Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards.

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving a local population catchment of 185,000 in Dublin’s north inner city. The 600 bed hospital is the national referral centre for a range of specialties including cardiac surgery, heart-lung transplant and spinal injuries, and is one of 8 designated national cancer care centres in Ireland.

The design solution was a 65,000sqm nine-storey over double-basement extension to the existing hospital, providing 12 state of the art operating theatres including a hybrid theatre, emergency department, 11 outpatient clinics, diagnostic imaging including MRI, and CT, intensive care and high dependency units.

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Designed to far exceed the requirements for a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, the building provides a sustainable, uplifting, healing environment for the delivery of 21st century healthcare.

Congratulations to all the project team on this well deserved award!

Donal Blake

Project Director

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Keeper House and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital by Scott Tallon Walker Architects are shortlisted for the RIAI Public Choice Awards 2015

Keeper House and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital are among 36 projects shortlisted for this year’s Irish Architecture Awards, which were announced last week by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

The Shortlist of 36 Projects is decided by the Jury and the RIAI is delighted to announce its Public Choice campaign. The public has the chance now to participate and vote for their favourite project from the shortlist. The online voting will be live from 27 May until 17 June at midday.

Here is the Public Choice site:

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are in their 26th year and the main focus in the Institutes remit campaign to communicate to the public the value that contemporary architecture makes to society. The awards coincide with Ireland’s Year of Design, ID2015 of which the RIAI is a key partner.

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Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

In 1998 the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital appointed Scott Tallon Walker  Architects to prepare a development plan to include retaining some of the existing buildings on site which include protected structures, provide a major expansion of the adult hospital to 770 beds and the provision on site for the proposed National Pediatric hospital and the relocated Rotunda Maternity hospital.

The 5/9 storey extension to the Adult hospital includes 12 state of the art operating theaters, ICU, HCU, Accident and Emergency, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Allied Health and Out Patients, Ward Accommodation. The project also includes Relocation of Energy Center, and support services such as catering and waste management.

A new hospital concourse links Eccles Street to the North Circular Road and is punctuated by a number of winter garden spaces ultimately this link will connect into the proposed National Pediatric Hospital and have links to the Metro North Mater station.

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Keeper House

Elevated above a river meander, the site of Keeper House is bounded within a Special Area of Conservation encompassing magnificent mature trees. A Neolithic ring fort to the north east, bears witness to the providence of the land. Views of distant mountains emerge through the trees to the east and south. The client sought a contemporary design approach to capture the unique characteristics of the site, to include a house and a separate lodge with its own aspect and privacy. The brief proposed a low energy design, maximising visibility, connectivity and enjoyment of the natural habitat as project criteria.

The scheme is set out around a three sided walled garden, gathering vehicles in a sheltered courtyard. The south wall shifts in plane to form a shared plantroom, while also creating privacy between each dwelling. Distant views are screened, to be later revealed when entering the main social space of each house. Common design elements are applied with subtle variation to each dwelling. Higher ceiling to social spaces, creates a dominant roof plane that floats over courtyard walls to announce entry. The main house faces south and east, with a central kitchen core that divides the plan into entrance hallway, dining area, study and living space. The lodge faces west; a distilled version of the main house plan.

Internally, the visual dominance of tree foliage through floor to ceiling glass gives seasonal definition. Bedrooms are arranged adjacent to the line of the courtyard wall, each room having direct garden access, with an external fern garden, outside shower and hot tub off the master en-suite. To the south, the connecting wall is planted with trained fruit trees, and forms a backdrop to a pathway which includes viewing platforms, and the river bank below, further harmonising landscape, architecture and occupant.

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Green light for Proton Beam Therapy Service and new clinical facility designed by Scott Tallon Walker

A new clinical facility to house a Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre and inpatient services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, has been approved by the UK Department of Health. The facility has been designed by Scott Tallon Walker (in association with Edward Williams Architects).


The UK government has invested £250 million in the development of two facilities to provide Proton Beam Therapy – one at UCLH and one at The Christie. PBT is a highly-targeted type of radiotherapy that can treat hard-to-reach cancers without causing damage to surrounding tissue or other side effects. Both centres are expected to open to patients from 2018 and construction is due to start this summer.

Proton Beam Therapy uses a beam of protons (accelerated to a very high energy state) to deliver radiotherapy that is directed to a precise target area within the body with minimal collateral damage to surrounding tissue. This allows very rare cancers including tumours affecting the brain, neck and spine to be treated more effectively. UCLH, together with The Christie at Manchester, will provide the UK’s first such facilities, treating NHS patients from 2018.

In addition, the STW designed scheme also houses a new short stay surgery centre. Particular design attention is being paid to patient flow and the overall design for Paediatric patients who will form a substantial part of the patient cohort for PBT.

The UCLH development is vital milestone in the process of improving health care by moving existing services into an integrated and centralised campus and introducing world leading PBT as a significant enhancement to therapeutic cancer treatment services throughout the UK.

Varian Medical Systems will provide the PBT equipment for both UCLH and The Christie.

Senior Project Architects, Architectural Graduates, Senior and Junior Architectural Technicians required

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Scott Tallon Walker Architects require:

  • Senior project architects with 5-10 years experience of running large Commercial or Healthcare projects in our DublinCork and London offices.
  • Architectural Graduates and senior and junior architectural technicians to join teams on fast moving high profile projects in our DublinCork and London offices.
  • Architectural Technicians and Student Architects seeking year out placement in our Dublin and London offices.

Revit experience is essential for all the above roles.

Architects should be on either the RIAI Register of Architects if employed by STW(IRL) Ltd or the RIBA Chartered Members / Architects Registration Board (ARB) UK Register of Architects if employed by STW(UK) Ltd or be eligible to seek registration as an architect without further assessment. Architectural Graduates should be seeking supervised professional training prior to assessment for entry to the register of architects..

Our work spans CommercialHealthcareHigher Education, Leisure and Laboratory/Research buildings.

We offer excellent working facilities and training programmes.

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RIAI Gold Medal awarded to Kevin Bates

Associate Director Kevin Bates, who heads up the office of Scott Tallon Walker Architects in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been awarded the highest Architectural Award from Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. The RIAI Gold Medal, which is awarded every three years, was presented to Kevin by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, in November 2013.
The winning project is a set of Religious Hermitages (Postinia) located on a hillside in the Comeragh Mountains, Tipperary, in Ireland, which was completed in 2004 and designed with his former partner, Tom Maher.
The RIAI Citation included “Close to mature broad leaf trees, Poustinia is impeccably detailed and built. Every element is exquisitely considered. The rooms cantilevered off the hillside make the lightest of footprints. The cranked plan configuration with bespoke furniture and floors of local limestone entrap smooth plastered internal space to overlook a wider strikingly contrasting landscape. External walls and roofs fuse in a composition of alternating rough sawn douglas fir and smooth sawn larch strips. The contrasts of this wonderfully enigmatic project are resolved in ways which evoke its very spirit. Contradictions are synthesised in a clear and simple idea, suggesting a conjunction of the temporal and the transcendent”.

Building better health services


Plans for a new clinical facility in London – housing the world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy – are now open for public consultation.

The new development will start with the construction of a Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre below ground. A state-of-the-art patient facility with patient beds and operating theatres will then be built above ground.

The whole facility is planned to be over 25,000 sq m with four floors below ground and five floors above ground. People will access the Centre through a main entrance at ground floor level on the corner of Grafton Way and Huntley Street.

Over the coming weeks UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) will be listening to what local politicians, residents, patients and staff have to say about the proposals for the site on Grafton Way and Huntley Street in the heart of the capital. A public exhibition of the proposals, will be taking place on Monday 7th October, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, and Tuesday 8th October, 2.30pm – 7.30pm in University College Hospital’s Atrium. The development team will be available to answer questions about the proposals and the services that would be provided on site.

The Proton Beam Therapy Centre at University College London Hospital is designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Edward Williams Architects & Tsoi Kobus & Associates

Further information is available on the UCLH website.


About Scott Tallon Walker

Scott Tallon Walker Architects (STW), based at Cromwell Place in London SW7, specialise in larger projects in the higher education, healthcare and sports areas. Last year the practice won the competition to design a new £250 million Proton Beam Therapy and Clinical unit for University College London Hospital which is currently at pre-planning stage, (in association with Edward Williams Architects).  The practice has previously designed the Vice Chancellors Residence and extended the Library for the University of Surrey. The firm has also recently been appointed as joint architects to design consolidated accommodation for the School of Biological Sciences on the former Science Library site at Lennoxvale at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. STW were also joint architects with Populous on the £260 million re-development of the Aviva Stadium, (formerly Lansdowne Road) for the Irish Rugby Football Union in Dublin which was awarded the British Construction Industry Award for International Project in 2011.

For further information contact either

Eoin O’Morain or Sheila Carney

Scott Tallon Walker,

10 Cromwell Place,

London SW7 2JN

Tel – 0207 589 4949

Sheila Carney

Eoin O’Morain’

The UK Government commits £250 million for innovative cancer treatment to save lives and reduce side effects.


A major new cutting edge radiotherapy treatment will be available in the UK thanks to £250 million of government funding to build two new facilities in Manchester and London, Public Health Minister Anna Soubry confirmed today.

The therapy – Proton Beam Therapy – is a particularly important form of cancer treatment as it targets tumours more precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues. This can improve the quality of life following cancer treatment, reduces side effects, especially for children and, because the NHS will be able to treat more people, it will save lives.

Currently, the NHS sends children and adults needing Proton Beam Therapy to the United States, but from 2018 it will be offered to up to 1,500 cancer patients at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London.

The Prime Minister’s commitment to increasing access to advanced radiotherapy treatments will significantly improve the experience for patients and their families who currently have to travel long distances for treatment.

The Proton Beam Therapy Centre at University College London Hospital is designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Edward Williams Architects & Tsoi Kobus & Associates


UK Government – Government commits £250 million for innovative cancer treatment to save lives and reduce side effects

UCLH – The world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy is coming to UCLH (University 

College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) after the Government today committed £250 million to bring Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) to the UK. – Proton beam radiotherapy is coming to UK.

Nursing Times – Nursing Times Proton beam cancer therapy coming to UK.

Bloomberg – Proton-Beam Cancer Sites to Get $380 Million From U.K.

Business Week – Business Week Proton-Beam Cancer Sites Get $380 Million From U.K. Government.

Reuters – UK plays catch-up with $380 mln spend on cancer-zapping beams