Monday 11 December 2017

How this proposal differs

Q. How high would the hospital be under the new plan?

A. The top six storeys from the original 17-storey design are gone with the new hospital not exceeding 11 storeys.

Q. How different would the new design be?

A. The same architects are involved and much of the core design remains intact. However, under the new plan, the hospital would have a wider 'footprint' with more bed units per floor.

Q. Who are the backers?

A. The original plan was supported by the Mater and Temple Street. Now the Rotunda is also on board.

The original planning proposals were drawn up by the government-appointed national paediatric development board, chaired by businessman Harry Crosbie (inset).

Q. How could the estimated cost of construction be reduced from €650m to €582m?

A. The previous costings were arrived at two years ago and the construction market has now got more competitive.

Q. Will new costs bear up to scrutiny?

A. The government-appointed review group is quizzing all the bidders on their costings.

Q. When would the new hospital be opened if selected?

A. 2016.

Irish Independent

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