New €10 million care centre planned for the former Packard Electric complex
By Laura Lyne
PLANS to develop a €10 million primary care centre that will be used by the HSE and local GPs on the former Packard Electric site on the Airton Road have been submitted to South Dublin County Council.
The Echo understands that it will be known as the Kilnamanagh Tymon Primary Care Centre, and work to fit out the centre is expected to commence in early 2016.
The office site, which is now known as Junction House and was built in 2008, was sold earlier this year alongside the adjacent Airton Retail Park for more than their combined €4.8 million asking price – a non-disclosure agreement was attached to the sale.
As reported in The Echo last month, retailer Harvey Norman looks set to develop a new store within the Airton Retail Park after submitting a planning application.
A planning application for a change of use of the facility from office to medical was submitted by Pat Nolan, one of the founders and directors of Feasible.
Feasible is a property management and development company which has established a number of primary care centres around the country including The Meath Primary Care Centre located with the site of the Old Meath Hospital in Dublin 8.
The application is for the change of use of approximately 5,900 sq.m. of the building for medical use, and a decision is expected by January 28, 2016.
It is expected to be used by the HSE for a number of services, including community nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and child and adult counselling services.
A number of local GPs are also expected to relocate to the centre upon its completion, with a retail unit also expected to be included within the building.
If planning is approved for both the primary care centre and the Harvey Norman retail store, it will see the re-development of the Airton Road complex. This complex has been vacant since 2008.
The site had previously been the home of Packard Electric, which closed in 1996 with the loss of 800 jobs.
A HSE spokesperson confirmed to The Echo: Planning permission has been sought for the Kilnamanagh Tymon Primary Care Centre.
Currently one GP practice with three GPs – Beechview Surgery – has committed to co-locate within the centre.
The development of this primary care centre is subject to receiving planning permission.
This is the second of three proposed new primary care centres serving the Tallaght catchment area. Tallaght Cross/Springfield, is due to become operational in Quarter two 2016.
“This will provide a full range of HSE primary care services with co location of GP’s. The Department of Public Health will also be located in this building as well as the GP out of hours service TLC Doc.
“The third development, a new centre based in Citywest, is at early discussion stage.”