Saturday 26 May 2018

Guinness is good for ... heating the children's hospital

A feasibility study is due to begin shortly on whether excess heat produced by St James's Gate could be recycled and used to heat the €650m hospital
A feasibility study is due to begin shortly on whether excess heat produced by St James's Gate could be recycled and used to heat the €650m hospital
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Waste heat produced by the nearby Guinness brewery is set to be used to power the new National Children's Hospital.

A feasibility study is due to begin shortly on whether excess heat produced by St James's Gate could be recycled and used to heat the €650m hospital, helping to reduce costs, the Irish Independent has learned.

And the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has also urged planners to reduce development levies imposed to pay for essential services to a bare minimum.

In a submission to An Bord Pleanála, it said that the hospital will be a "community facility" and that there "may be an opportunity" to reduce the amount payable, which should be "closely examined".

A 10-year planning permission has been sought for the €650m facility on the St James's Hospital campus in Dublin, which will cater for almost 75,000 patients a year, as well as providing research facilities and accommodation for families.

Irish Independent

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