Thursday 11 December 2008

New medical centre plan for Dun Laoghaire

A MEDICAL FACILITY and a new public square are planned on the site of Dún Laoghaire's Boylan Community Centre. A proposal for the new scheme would involve the demolition of the centre on Sussex Street and the adjoining St Mary's Hall on Eblana Avenue, which are both beside the nurses' home of St Michael's Hospital.

Developer KBK Properties is proposing to build a mixed-use medical facility of 4,734sq m (50,956sq ft).

The building will incorporate a Swiftcare Clinic, 10 GP suites, 17 consultant suites, a pharmacy, optician, dental practice and a restaurant fronting onto a public square on Sussex Street, which will link George's Street with Harbour Square.

Owned by architect Neil Burke Kennedy and Dominic Kelly, KBK Properties' plans, if approved by the council, will see the construction of a building that will range in height from three storeys on Eblana Avenue to six storeys at the rear of the site. Some 111 car-parking spaces will be provided in a two-level underground car-park.

The 0.48-acre site was put on the market by St Michael's parish in May of last year. The sale was handled by Donal Kellegher of Savills and it is believed that it was sold for around €11 million.

Previous schemes by KBK include the redevelopment of the Workmen's Club on Lower George's Street in Dún Laoghaire.

Developer Noel Smyth's plans to redevelop the nurses' home on Eblana Avenue as apartments, as well as to build 80 apartments at the seafront car-park of the hospital at Crofton Road, were refused by An Bord Pleanála last July.

Irish Times

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