D Day for Ulster Hospital Landmark


A familiar landmark at the Ulster Hospital, known as the ‘Tulip’ is being demolished. The ‘Tulip’, a vast cold water storage tank, is now over 50 years old and was initially installed in the early 1960’s as an essential part of the mechanical infrastructure for the hospital. It was the very first structure to appear on the green field site, and for some months was the only sign of the new hospital.

Now it is surrounded on three sides by the Ulster Hospital of the future: the recently opened Critical Care block, the new Ward Block due to open early next year and the site of the Acute Services Block where enabling works are underway.

The function of the ‘Tulip’ has now been replaced by new state of the art technology, as part of the on-going Ulster Hospital Redevelopment. The demolition is being co-ordinated by the site contractor, Graham Bam Healthcare Partnership.

A super high reach demolition machine, one of just three in the UK, has been brought to Northern Ireland to “nibble” down the vast Tulip. This machine has been gradually demolishing the concrete structure from the top down over a period of days. This will see the final demise of this historical landmark and enable the site to be cleared for the construction of the eagerly awaited Acute Services Block which will include the provision of a new Emergency Department, Assessment Unit, Specialist Wards, Imaging Department and Support Services.


The aerial photo is from the book Ulster Hospital - A Short History, by Hume Logan, former Consultant at the Ulster Hospital.