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New twist in Dublin children’s hospital saga as contest relaunched

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Ireland’s National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has put out yet another tender for the proposed National Children’s Hospital in Dublin

In July this year the NPHDB advertised a tender for design teams to deliver the hospital at Dublin’s St. James’ Hospital Campus (see below)  and subsequently received several submissions.

However in October it was announced that the board was ‘discontinuing’ the procurement process and that it would start again from scratch.

The Irish Times reported the volte face followed a meeting with the Department of Health which resulted in a ‘change’ to the tender terms. The amendments involved ditching the ‘design and build’ package in favour of one that retained the winning architect throughout.

Now, after the two month delay the scheme is once again underway and the new tender has finally been released.

The 72-month contract will involved the merger of three hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street and the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght.

The scheme, which is being billed as ‘a new model of care’ will feature an emergency department and 384 patient rooms.

Earlier plans for a huge 16-storey, 445-bed hospital drawn up by NBBJ were dropped in February 2012 after planning permission was refused by An Bord Pleanala (see AJ 24.02.12).

Previous story (AJ 18.07.13)

Architects sought for new Dublin children’s hospital

An architect led team is sought to design a new children’s hospital covering the Greater Dublin area.

A project launched by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, the new build will merge existing child services at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street and the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght.

To be built on the St. James’s Hospital campus in Dublin, the hospital will house an emergency department, operating theatres, outpatient and inpatient care, with 384 patient rooms.

Expected to become a ‘world class hospital’ with local services, teaching and research facilities in a ‘new national model’ the contract is expected to conclude in 2019.

A website has been created for the project, with PPQ’s available through the dedicated page to be returned by 16 August.

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