The Development Board of the new Children’s Hospital is submitting a planning application to An Bord Pleanála today. According to a statement from the Board, the submission seeks approval for the development of a “world-class” children’s hospital at the Mater site.
“It will provide national tertiary services for children and young people across Ireland and secondary care services for the Greater Dublin Area. It will accommodate the merger of the existing health services for children currently being provided at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Children’s University Hospital, Temple St; and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght,” the statement said.
Speaking at the submission of planning, CEO of the project Eilísh Hardiman said, the development marks a real and important milestone in the delivery of a new hospital for the children of Ireland.
“We have worked hard over the last two and a half years in developing plans for a world-class children’s hospital that will be a legacy to our children and an important architectural landmark in the city of Dublin, utilising the best in national and international design expertise. We look forward to a full and open consultation on all our plans for this development and are committed to delivering on this project in the best interests of the children of Ireland.”
Ms Hardiman added that access has been an issue of serious consideration in developing the comprehensive planning application.
“Following a detailed traffic assessment, we have identified a number of measures which we are confident will go a long way towards addressing many of these concerns. These include the development of a four lane access road situated at the front of the hospital along Eccles St., the opening of a second access point to the car park on North Circular Road, designated traffic routes and signage to the hospital, as well as the opening of a new four-storey underground carpark with capacity for 972 cars.”
The new hospital is designed to accommodate full clinical facilities for the provision of tertiary and secondary paediatric care, including 392 beds, 53 day care beds, 13 operating theatres, overnight room-in beds for parents and a family resource centre. The planning application also seeks to develop a number of play areas, a hospital school, external gardens and courtyards.