The Liberties Business Forum has today welcomed the announcement that a planning application for the new National Children’s Hospital has been made to An Bord Pleanála. The new paediatric hospital will be located at St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8 and represents a €650m investment in the area, offering a unique opportunity to redefine and regenerate this area of the city.
St James’s Hospital already plays a vital role in the area and the wider city, both as an essential community service and as a medical facility of national reach and significance. The hospital is also a major employer and an economic agent for The Liberties and adjoining neighbourhoods. The new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s (and in time the proposed National Maternity Hospital) will dramatically enhance these roles and will bring wider benefits to residents, businesses and visitors to this part of the city.
The chairperson of Liberties Business Forum, Catherine Heaney, said: “We welcome the very significant investment in Dublin 8 that the new Children’s Hospital represents. The Forum also welcomes the strong commitment of the NPHDB and St James’s Hospital to community engagement and community gain, and the plans lodged today include some very significant commitments to the areas around the hospital, supporting social development and the local economy. Businesses in The Liberties will welcome the opportunities that will be available to collaborate and participate in the roll-out and delivery of this major development”.
A planning application for the National Children’s Hospital has now been submitted to An Bord Pleanála under the Strategic Infrastructure Act. The application process allows for public submissions on the project by 21st October. More details at www.pleanala.ie
Video animation of what the new hospital will look like is available here, while a Drop-In Information Centre will be opening at 568 South Circular Road which is based beside the Rialto Roundabout in early September. A 3D model of the proposed new children’s hospital and the plans that have been submitted will be available for view, in addition to information boards about the project. In the meantime, all of the information is available on the website www.newchildrenshospital.ie