About Us

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View of Rear Elevation including Round Tower stairwell

We are a World Class Primary Care Centre serving the primary care needs of our community in Waterford City.

In 2009 the building was developed into the Waterford Health Park an enhanced Primary Care Facility serving a patient population of over 18,000 in Waterford City, Ireland.

In 2006 Dr. Mark Rowe the founder and Clinical Director of the facility led a dedicated team of designers and Construction Professionals to transform the Old Presentation Convent into a world class Primary Care Centre. Conserving the building’s existing features while additional space was created through the addition of new wings using the latest in sustainable technologies to create a healthy and eco-friendly building taking advantage of solar energy and reusing captured rainwater.

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Primary Care Team Meeting Room

The original building (former Presentation Convent) is a protected structure of National importance that has been part of Waterford’s fabric since the mid-19th Century having been designed by AWN Pugin, the Gothic architect largely credited for designing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

Dr. Mark Rowe and the Waterford Health Park are part of an international research collaboration called ‘The CARITAS Project.’ The building is a leading example of ‘Generative Space’ in the Health Care Setting. The CARITAS Project seeks to transform the future of health and healthcare delivery through the development of strategies and technologies that produce sustainable environments.

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The Healing Garden in the cloister courtyard. Waiting areas look on to the garden

We are proud to have received a number of awards since opening. The Irish Planning Institute National Planning Awards 2010, Waterford Health Park was awarded Category (B) Planning Achievement in Conservation Award for the Refurbishment and Extension of Former Presentation Convent as a Primary Health Care Centre. We are delighted with the honour of this award.

We were shortlisted for World Building of the year at the World Architecture Festival Awards, Barcelona in 2010

Waterford Health Park is also featured as a leading example on Conservation Best Practice in The Irish ‘Government Policy on Architecture 2009 to 2015 Towards a Sustainable Future : Delivering Quality within the Built Environment’.

In 2013 we won the Global ‘A Place to Flourish’ Award.  A plaque was presented to Dr. Mark Rowe at the Health Facilities Conference, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA

2879 DHB Architects Waterford Health Park-EnteranceThis award winning health facility was designed by dhbArchitects, a Waterford-based practice with extensive experience in the area of high-quality architectural conservation and refurbishment.