Saturday 22 October 2016

3D model of new children's hospital goes on show


National Children's Hospital
National Children's Hospital

A DEDICATED drop-in information centre is to open in Rialto in early September where local residents will be able to view a 3D model of the proposed National Children's Hospital.

A spokeswoman from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NHPDB) said the model will also include the planned family accommodation unit, and the Children's Research and Innovation Centre.

"Residents will also be able to review all of the content that has been submitted to An Bord Pleanala in hard copy," she said.

The planning application for the controversial €650m project on the St James's Hospital campus - as well as satellite centres at Tallaght and Connolly - was submitted earlier this month.

Submissions must be lodged by October, after which the question of an oral hearing will be decided by An Bord Pleanala.

The case is due to be decided by February of next year.

The proposal for the 473-bed National Children's Hospital includes 93 day-care beds and 380 in-patient bedrooms, all of which are en suite and with a bed for parents.


Planners have said that assuming that planning permission is granted there will be "ongoing engagements with residents during the construction phase." This will include regular update to residents on issues and progress.

However, some local residents have already expressed major concerns about traffic congestion, and how the project will impact on their quality of life during the construction phase.

John Pollock, the NHPDB project director recently told the Herald that when the building is underway, vibration limits will be in place, and noise monitors will also be used.

"We will monitor dust, which is very important in a live hospital campus.

"Not alone are we concerned about the residents, we are concerned about the patients, who could have respiratory ailments," said Mr Pollock.

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