Alarm bells ring as children’s hospital costs spiral

Alarm bells ring as children’s hospital costs spiral

Ireland’s proposed national children’s hospital at St James’s in Dublin is set to join the likes Royal Adelaide on the list of the world’s 20 most expensive buildings.As the cost has risen constantly.

Indeed, the Irish hospital is projected to cost about €1 billion, will be the second most expensive hospital, and the most expensive children’s hospital, ever built, according to a ranking by architectural data company Emporis.
And the bill could go higher. So far, it is unclear how much of the high cost stems from the complexity of the Childrens hospital

The cost has risen constantly. It was €404 million four years ago when a review group examined a number of sites. By the time the then minister for health James Reilly awarded it to St James’s, it had risen to €485 million.
By the time the planning application was lodged in 2015, however, the price had risen to €650 million. Now, it is understood to be approximately €1 billion.
This is in spite of the fact that the land comes free.

Most details are likely to emerge shortly at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which has summoned the team planning the new hospital to a meeting amid concerns over the spiralling cost.

Paul Cullen Feb 23, 2017

/ Industry News

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