By Joe Barrett
Minister of State at the Department of Finance and local TD Seán Fleming has welcomed the news that planning permission has been granted for works and a new extension to the hospital in Portlaoise.
He said: “This decision by Laois County Council is very welcome and I applaud the council for dealing with this application in a very prompt manner.
“I was in contact with the county council and the HSE in respect of this application, highlighting the importance of the development to provide these much-needed additional health services in Portlaoise.
“I will now be in direct contact with HSE senior management to ensure that this project goes to tender as soon as possible. I look forward to this progressing and construction commencing as soon as the tender process is completed.
“I want to thank all the management and staff in the hospital in Portlaoise for their work in progressing this project which will result in improved health services for people in Laois and surrounding areas.”
“Finally, I want again to acknowledge the outstanding work by all the frontline workers in the hospital and our health services who have been so dedicated to their work in looking after all our people during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
The full details of the works include:
- The construction of a new Respiratory Assessment Unit and ancillary accommodation at ground floor level, an extension to the existing Paediatric Unit, together with ancillary accommodation at first floor level and enclosed and semi-enclosed plant accommodation and access stairs at second floor/roof level.
- Separate ground and first floor links from the new development to the existing hospital, as well as the construction of a semi-covered link walkway between the new development and the existing hospital, and the relocation of two existing temporary single storey prefabricated structures currently used as Covid-19 testing facilities from the general location to a new location to the north of the hospital, together with a dedicated Ambulance set-down area immediately adjacent to the prefabricated structures.
- The relocation of an existing Ambulance set-down area to a new location adjacent to the north west of the hospital, together with the provision of an external fire tender circulation route and a reconfigured external pedestrian circulation route to the south side of the hospital, along with the provision of a new parking area to the west side of Block Road accessed off an existing access road, to be used temporarily as construction personnel parking during the works.
- The widening of the existing access road and the provision of a pedestrian crossing across Block Road linking this parking area to the main hospital campus.