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State-of-the-Art Radiation Oncology Centre at University Hospital Galway


John Paul Construction


Civil Engineering - Health


Galway, Ireland


2020 - 2022

Material Details

1,500 tonnes of Reinforcement Steel, 300 tonnes of which was Prefabricated elements


As part of the HSE’s National Plan for Radiation Oncology, Coen Steel was appointed to provide Reinforcing Steel components to construct a new state-of-the-art radiation oncology centre in the grounds of  University Hospital Galway. This 8,000msq facility was a beacon of hope for cancer patients in the west of Ireland, even more so in the midst of the COVID pandemic.

Coen Steel rose to the challenge of supplying and manufacturing 1,500 tonnes of Reinforcement Steel and components, 300 tonnes of which was prefabricated. As a key player in the project, our technical expertise, innovative solutions, and commitment to health and safety contributed to the successful completion of the facility.

The project presented numerous challenges, including the need to ensure that the hospital remained fully operational throughout the construction process. Our project management and logistics teams worked closely with the main contractors Management and team to schedule deliveries and installation works outside of peak hours, minimising disruptions to the hospital’s operations.

One of the most exciting aspects of the project was the construction of six radiotherapy treatment bunkers with radiation shielding walls. Our extensive technical expertise and experience in manufacturing and supplying bespoke solutions for our partners, played a pivotal role in meeting the project’s unique requirements. Using the Lean methodology of Just in Time (JIT), we worked closely with the project team to develop innovative solutions to construct the bunkers.

Our contributions to the project, as with all teams involved, were further underscored by the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. In addition to the normal health and safety standards implemented on-site, we needed to implement rigorous COVID-specific protocols to protect our employees and all stakeholders involved.

The new Radiation Oncology Centre includes linear accelerator treatment rooms and associated control rooms, CT simulator suites, MRI suites, and consultants’ clinics and associated administration rooms. The project’s successful completion amidst the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic is a testament to Coen Steel’s unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and innovation.

Unique / Key Features

The new 8,000m2, three-story over basement hospital facility includes the following features;

  • Linear Accelerator Treatment Rooms and associated control rooms
  • CT Simulator Suites
  • MRI Suite
  • Consultants clinics and associated administration rooms


  • Hospital remained fully functional during construction
  • In the midst of the COVID pandemic, so additional health & safety requirements, and risks

End Results

Delivered on time and within budget under challenging conditions.

Statistics from the Project

1,500 tonnes of Reinforcement Steel delivered, 300 tonnes of which was Prefabricated elements

Feedback from the Client

Coen Steel delivered in excess of 1,500 tonnes of steel to University Hospital Galway during 2021 without issues or any discrepancies and a smooth service was provided. Coen Steel are a progressive and innovative company that delivers an exceptional service every time with an excellent support team at hand to guarantee the excellence we received.