PLANNING permission has been granted to the Mercy University Hospital Foundation for a major new building project in the city centre.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for several years, will see a new care centre for cancer patients built less than 200 metres from the Mercy Hospital. Plans will include offices, reception, waiting area, social space, multi-purpose space and counselling rooms.
Foundation CEO Mícheál Sheridan said being steps from the hospital but still separate could have enormous benefits for patients: “One of the ideas we had was to help cancer patients who were vulnerable in a busy outpatients in the wintertime, who would benefit from extra care.”
The construction involves the demolition of numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 Woods Street. These are to be replaced by a new building, which will range in height from two to three storeys.
There were a number of objections raised by residents in the neighbouring Dyke Parade.
These included concerns about the height of the new building and impact on light available to the yards and gardens of adjoining properties.
Concerns were are also raised about risk of damage during construction, impact on traffic in the area and the overall impact of this development taking place at the same time as another major project in the area, the construction of student apartments on the former Square Deal premises.
In August, Cork City Council planners wrote to the Foundation saying that although it was broadly supportive of the proposal it had concerns and asked for revised proposals.
Revised plans were submitted in November, which reduced the overall floor area by 27 metres squared and resulting in the loss of a counselling room. Cork City Council has now granted permission to proceed with the development.
The new care centre will be 100% funded by the Foundation, with a significant amount of the total already raised.