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Waste heat from Dublin's Guinness brewery could power new children's hospital

Published 11/08/2015

The Guinness Storehouse gates at the St James's Gate brewing site
The Guinness Storehouse gates at the St James's Gate brewing site

Waste heat produced by the Guinness brewery in Dublin could be used to help power the Republic's new National Children's Hospital.

A feasibility study is due to begin shortly on whether excess heat produced by St James's Gate could be recycled and used to heat the €650m hospital, helping to reduce costs.

Hospital planners have confirmed that the building will be among the most environmentally friendly constructed, with architects aiming for an 'A3' energy rating.

Not only are they exploring pumping hot water or steam from the Guinness brewery to the new hospital, they are also working closely with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to ensure the most efficient heating systems are installed.

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB), established in 2007, has held more than 50 meeting with stakeholders, including local authorities, Irish Water, the National Transport Authority and local residents, and says the proposal will be the largest healthcare project ever undertaken in Ireland.

The project will bring Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin and the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght together under one roof.

"The proposed children's hospital is arguably one of the most important public infrastructure projects to be brought forward in the last 50 years," it says.

"Such will be its scale and nature that its positive medical, educational, research and wider economic impacts will be of regional, national and, perhaps, international importance."

It says that some 3,000 jobs will be created if the proposal is approved, with an additional 2,000 during construction and commissioning. It has also agreed to create 68 apprenticeships for local workers.

The hospital includes a helipad on the campus. A decision is expected early next year, after which construction work would begin.

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