Go ahead given for demolition of old UHG Emergency Department

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The HSE has been given the go ahead for the demolition of the former Emergency Department building at University Hospital Galway.

Planning permission has been granted for the demolition of two single storey buildings which contained the ED and other services.

The works will also involve knocking down an number of prefab buildings which had been used for offices and out patient services at the hospital.

This is to clear the site for the planned construction of a new permanent Emergency Department and Women’s and Children’s Department.

University Hospital Galway moved the emergency department to a new location at the front of the hospital last October to vacate this area.

“Notwithstanding the requirement to remove the buildings to clear the site, the greater part of the buildings have reached the end of their useful life,” the Architectural Statement submitted with the application states.

“There are also significant infrastructural problems associated with them, particularly foul drainage. The buildings have been built over the existing foul drainage system and parts of it are inaccessible.”

Planning permission was granted by the city council for the demolition works with four conditions attached, which related to the management of waste and traffic on site.