‘Innovation corridor’ to include Diageo site
DUBLIN City Council and the IDA are working on plans for an ‘innovation corridor’ in Dublin 8, which will include a newly-developed site at Diageo’s St James’s Gate, St James’s Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital (NCH).
The corridor would aim to become a location for innovation in the areas of health, technology and medtech, bringing in the Digital Hub and Guinness Enterprise Centre.
The IDA and other State bodies have been working with Dublin City Council on the plan, which would also look at how accommodation in the Liberties could be de- veloped for nurses, doctors, researchers, scientists and tech experts.
A spokeswoman for the Council confirmed a plan was being drawn up.
“The City Council is exploring models for an Innovation Corridor in Dublin 8, in collaboration with St James Hospital, Diageo, Digital Hub, NCAD and other stakeholders,” she said.
Minutes of meetings for the NCH project-monitoring committee refers to the council, IDA and hospitals’ progress on the plan. As first revealed in this newspaper, Diageo has triggered a plan to develop 12.6 acres at the St James’s Gate site. A tender process for a development partner will take 18 months.