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Developer unveils plan for Swords care centre

25,000 SQ FT FACILITY OPPOSITE HEALTH CENTRE

JOHN MANNING

Published 09/10/2012 | 12:40

An artist's impression of the primary care centre that Ardruim Partnership propose to build in Swords, opposite the Castletown Shopping Centre.

A DEVELOPER bidding to build a major primary care centre in the heart of Swords has unveiled the ambitious project for the first time in the Fingal Independent this week.

Ardruim Partnership is involved in the bid to bring the long-awaited primary care centre to Swords which has been the subject of national controversy over the last couple of weeks after it made it to a short list of priority locations for primary care facilities. Ardruim control a prime site in Swords adjacent to the Castle Shopping Centre which already has planning permission for a nursing home, medical facility and independent living units. The Ardruim Partnership has been granted planning permission for a 65-bed nursing home with roof garden, a 15,000 sq ft medical facility, 20 independent living units, retail, restaurant/café and pharmacy units with 101 underground car spaces. Fran Whelan of Ardruim Partnership has spoken exclusively to the Fingal Independent this week about the company's plans for the sites. He said that the 15,000 sq ft medical facility at the heart of the development had always been earmarked as a primary care centre and the company first submitted its intentions to build such a facility on the site to the HSE in late 2010. Since then, the requirements of the HSE for a primary care centre in Swords have changed. It is understood the HSE want a facility in the town that will accommodate two primary care teams and so the 15,000 sq ft facility proposed originally by Ardruim will not be big enough. The HSE have asked for a 25,000 sq ft facility in Swords and Ardruim has adjusted its plans on the site to accommodate a primary care centre of that size. The company's final submission on its plans to build the giant primary care centre at the heart of Swords was completed in mid-August and sent to the HSE. Mr. Whelan said the company is anxious to progress the development and 'needs something to move soon' so it can press ahead with its plans. It is understood that there is at least one other competitor in the field to build the primary care centre. That bid is on a site at Airside, but not the same site once owned by Minister James Reilly. Mr. Whelan confirmed to the Fingal Independent that Ardruim Partnership had GPs signed up to its proposal which is seen a crucial part of the puzzle in awarding contracts for the provision of primary care. He said he believed the site, which is across the road from Swords Health Centre is an 'ideal location' for the primary care centre and allows the possibility of providing a 'one-stop shop' for health services in the county capital.

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