Liberties businesses have welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8. The announcement was made this morning (28th April) and welcomed by Catherine Heaney, Chair of the Liberties Business Forum.
“The development of the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s is a project of huge importance to Dublin 8 and its community. It will see the location of a world-class facility for paediatric services right in the heart of our community and, coupled with the renewal of the existing campus of St James’s Hospital, offers an unprecedented urban regeneration opportunity for the area”.
Ms Heaney continued: “The Liberties Business Forum has fully supported this project and congratulates the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on its success this morning. We commend the extensive engagement with the wider community undertaken during the design phase of the project. And the Forum welcomes the strong commitment of the NPHDB and St James’s Hospital to ongoing community engagement and community gain. This includes the intention to involve and support local businesses and services as much as possible during construction, and once the hospital is open”.
“The NCH represents a €700m investment in a more positive future for The Liberties and adjoining areas, and is part of an unprecedented €1bn of public and private sector investment now taking place in our area. This is a hugely significant step forward for Dublin 8”, she added.
The decision of An Bord Pleanála now gives the green light to an ambitious project that includes the main hospital building at St James’s and satellite facilities at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital. Once completed and operational in 2020, the new facility will double the number of employees at St James’s to 8,000, and see the Dublin 8 campus develop into the State’s largest and most advanced medical cluster. Combined with the development of a Children’s Research and Innovation Centre (also permitted today) and other major improvements at St James’s Campus, such as the Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), the NCH will be the keystone of a vibrant Life Sciences and Medical Quarter for Dublin.
You can find more details on the National Children’s Hospital at www.newchildrenshospital.ie