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50-acre site for children's hospital submitted to review group

A proposal to establish the National Paediatric Hospital on a 50-acre site at Lissenhall, Swords, claims the facility could be built in less time – and for less money – than at the Mater.

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A SUBMISSION TO build the National Paediatric Hospital on a 50-acre site at Lissenhall, Swords, County Dublin, has been made to the review group examining the project.

The review group was tasked with establishing the options now available to the government in light of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse planning permission for the hospital on the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

Broadmeadow Healthcare Group said that the Greenfield site of 50 acres was located within 600 acres of land highlighted for future development by Fingal Co Council, which included a vision for a hospital. The group said this offered scope to complete the project as early as 2016, and could also mean less funding than than €650 million already earmarked for the project would be required.

In its submission, the group said the key advantages of the proposed site included easy motorway access, being located just 900 metres off M1, and would also offer adequate parking with 2,000 spaces planned.

The proposed Lissenhall site would need to reach just 5 to 7 storeys in height, which would be an advantage over the other 15 to 17 storey high rise hospital design being considered.

It would also include family-friendly living facilities, as well as posing opportunities for a Biomedical and Biotechnology Campus, Training and University complex, according to the group.

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