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Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme - Christmas Special

Room to Improve

In this special edition of Room to Improve, architect Dermot Bannon is commissioned by National Children's Hospital, Tallaght to rescue a forlorn and rundown balcony space on the first floor and create an outdoor garden and recreation area for children and their families.

One of the areas that the National Children's Hospital specialises in is caring for children with cystic fibrosis; some of these children may have to spend lengthy periods of time in hospital. The existing facilities for play and therapeutic exercise are limited to the interior of the hospital and there's no place for parents to relax or spend time with their kids in the fresh air.

Sure, it's a goodwill project, but that doesn't make things any easier for the designer or the specialist crew he enlists with the help of Carole Smillie from Bennett Construction.

With a miniscule budget of just ¤60,00 and a complex project which, under normal circumstances would cost upward of ¤250,000, Dermot will have to use every contact in his address book and every favour he and Carole can wheedle from suppliers, manufacturers and - with a bit of luck - Jedward!

With tonnes of concrete and timber to install, the first challenge for the crew will be to find some way of accessing the balcony without contaminating the hospital wards. And that's just for starters.

With strict health and safety protocols and even stricter fire regulations to contend with, the budget, the schedule and the patience of the crew is under severe pressure from the get-go.

It's not just a question of finishing on time. There's serious doubt that they'll finish at all.

Watch this episode of Room to Improve on the 27 December at 9.35pm on RTÉ ONE.

For more information on the new series of Room to Improve please contact Jane Wardrop at COCO Television on 01-4970817 or email info@cocotelevision.ie

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