Thursday 29 September 2016

What the €650m National Children's Hospital includes

Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30

Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Olivia Evans (3) from South Circular Road, Dublin, with a model of the new National Children’s Hospital
Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Olivia Evans (3) from South Circular Road, Dublin, with a model of the new National Children’s Hospital
An aerial view of how the hospital will look
An artist’s impression of a patient’s room

A 10-year planning permission is being sought for three buildings on the St James's Hospital campus and one each in Tallaght and Blanchardstown.

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The main hospital will be in the city centre and will also have a helipad. The overall cost of the project is €650m and it is hoped that construction work will begin next year. It is due for completion in 2020.

The proposal includes:

  • A 473-bed National Children's Hospital. The proposal includes 93 day-care beds and 380 in-patient bedrooms, all of which are en suite and with a bed for parents. Some 60 of the 380 are critical care beds. The building is 118,113 square metres, rising to seven storeys at the central oval-shaped ward pavilion at the centre. There will be external terraces at the second and third floors and an accessible roof garden on the fourth. There will also be two levels of car parking, 18 operating theatres and 122 consulting rooms. It will cater for 74,540 patients a year.
  • A 53-bed accommodation unit for families, totalling 4,354 square metres. It will be up to four storeys high. This building and the main hospital will be built across an 8.7 hectare site at St James's.
  • A Children's Research and Innovation Centre totalling 2,971 square metres across a site of 0.14 hectares.
  • A construction compound at the former Unilever site at Davitt Road in Drimnagh. This will be used during building works.
  • A children's hospital satellite centre at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital at Tallaght. This is to be built on an open area south of the main hospital entrance. It will rise to three storeys, be 4,466 square metres and will treat a projected 25,900 patients per year.
  • A children's hospital satellite centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. It will measure 5,093 square metres across a 1.25 hectare site and will rise to three storeys. It will also treat 25,900 patients a year.

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