Rory Best and Aimee Do the Honours at New Children’s Heart Unit

A new specialised unit aimed at helping children with heart defects has been officially opened at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.

The Children’s Heart Centre, formerly the Clark Clinic, will provide holistic pre and post-operative care needs for children with heart conditions throughout Northern Ireland.

Hamilton Architects were delighted to be the architects for such a vital project, working alongside Killowen Contracts, RPS Consulting Engineers and IN2 Engineering Design Partnership on M&E.

The project, undertaken over two phases, called for the completion of two new build extensions, alterations to existing accommodation and alterations to existing services.

“Hamilton have huge experience in the health care sector, so we were able to implement an extremely efficient process to meet the brief,” said Graeme Ogle Partner.

“We had worked with the rest of the project team before, so everyone worked very well together to deliver a functional building that would be sympathetic to the end user’s needs.

“We remained mindful that we were required to deliver the project in a live hospital environment, but weekly meetings ensured we all stayed on track to deliver the project on time and to budget.”

The new unit contains state of the art clinical and diagnostic equipment which was donated by Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

There is also a Family Day Room, a quiet space for patients and their families to wait for consultations and test results.

Ulster and Ireland rugby captain Rory Best did the honours at the new unit, with a little help from 10-year-old Aimee Brady, who is waiting for a heart transplant.

He said: “Whenever you actually meet the staff, the parents and the kids it just becomes even more special and to open it alongside Aimee is the most humbling part.”

entrance and play area