PLAN FOR NEW €10 MIL­LION NURS­ING HOME

Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

A NEW €10 mil­lion nurs­ing home is on the cards just out­side Wex­ford town.

The pro­posed 78-bed­room, state of the art fa­cil­ity will be built at Glenville House in Cool­cotts if Wex­ford County Coun­cil give the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion the green light.

The ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Transna­tional Ac­qui­si­tions Hi­tasi Ltd would see Glenville House, which is a pro­tected struc­ture, used as of­fices while the ex­pan­sive nurs­ing home it­self would be built be­hind the house with a glass cor­ri­dor link­ing both build­ings.

The ar­chi­tect in charge of the de­sign, Wex­ford’s Fer­gus Flana­gan, said that the own­ers ex­pect the nurs­ing home will have a very pos­i­tive ef­fect on over­crowd­ing at Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

‘My clients fully be­lieve that this nurs­ing home, when built, will have a mas­sive im­pact on Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. A num­ber of peo­ple who are in Wex­ford Gen­eral are in need of respite rather than ac­tual treat­ment but have nowhere to go be­cause they are not well enough yet to go home. This nurs­ing home will of­fer that op­tion which should free up beds in the hos­pi­tal.’

Mr Flana­gan said the build­ing project, which is ex­pected to cost in the re­gion of €10m, will take at least a year to com­plete.

A €10 mil­lion nurs­ing home will be built in Wex­ford town if Wex­ford County Coun­cil grant plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Last week Fer­gus Flana­gan Ar­chi­tects sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil for a 78-bed­room nurs­ing home at Glenville House in Cool­cotts.

The ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Transna­tional Ac­qui­si­tions Hi­tasi Ltd also looks for amend­ments to the ex­ist­ing of­fice build­ing at Glenville House which is a pro­tected struc­ture.

In ad­di­tion the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in­cludes a re­quest for out­line per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of six two storey houses, as­so­ci­ated site works in­clud­ing in­ter­nal road­ways, foot­paths, light­ing, pub­lic open spa­ces, changes to the ve­hic­u­lar en­trance, as­so­ci­ated bound­ary treat­ments, landscaping, drain­ing and all other works re­quired to fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment..

In or­der build the nurs­ing home some out­build­ing need to be de­mol­ished and the ap­pli­ca­tion looked for per­mis­sion for the de­mo­li­tion of two ex­ist­ing out­build­ings, and an ex­ist­ing con­ser­va­tory. The fi­nal el­e­ment of the per­mis­sion is for storm and foul drain­ing works in­clud­ing new con­nec­tion to pub­lic mains drainage in­clud­ing new pump­ing sta­tion and all as­so­ci­ated site works.

The ar­chi­tect in charge of the de­sign, Fer­gus Flana­gan, said that the own­ers ex­pect that the nurs­ing home will have a very pos­i­tive ef­fect on over­crowd­ing at Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

‘The nurs­ing home will be built at Glenville House which has been empty for around ten years get­ting more and more di­lap­i­dated each year. Our clients chose this area for the nurs­ing home be­cause of the his­tor­i­cal na­ture of the build­ing and the se­cluded lo­ca­tion. There is also a river at the end which is an at­trac­tive fea­ture.

‘Many ex­ist­ing nurs­ing homes have dis­ap­point­ing day rooms which are of­ten small and it was some­thing that my clients wanted to ad­dress. The new nurs­ing home will re­volve around the gar­dens and all rooms are de­signed around a court­yard.

‘We wanted to give the res­i­dents dig­nity and ob­vi­ously take the se­cu­rity is­sues which will be re­quired for some res­i­dents into ac­count. We cre­ated some­thing that can open up the rooms to the court­yard gar­dens but res­i­dents can’t just wan­der off.

‘The rooms are wrapped around a cen­tral court­yard and the day rooms around the gar­dens.

‘My clients fully be­lieve that this nurs­ing home, when built, will have a mas­sive im­pact on Wex­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. A num­ber of peo­ple that are in Wex­ford Gen­eral are in need of respite rather than ac­tual treat­ment but have nowhere to go be­cause they are not well enough yet to go home. This nurs­ing home will of­fer that op­tion which should free up beds in the hos­pi­tal. Given that Glenville House is in such close prox­im­ity to the hos­pi­tal they be­lieve that it will have a very pos­i­tive im­pact on the hos­pi­tal. There will also be a good knock on ef­fect in terms of ho­tels etc as rel­a­tives come to Wex­ford to visit a fam­ily mem­ber at the nurs­ing home. ‘

Fer­gus said he ex­pects the nurs­ing home will of­fer both long and short stay op­tions in­clud­ing respite but said that will be mar­ket driven.

Transna­tional Ac­qui­si­tions Hi­tasi Ltd is an in­ter­na­tional com­pany who will fi­nance the build­ing of the nurs­ing home and Fer­gus said he ex­pects, that when built, they will bring in a com­pany to man­age the home.

With vast ex­pe­ri­ence de­sign­ing nurs­ing homes in Ger­many and the UK Fer­gus was an ob­vi­ous choice for Transna­tional Ac­qui­si­tions Hi­tasi who wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent to the tra­di­tional nurs­ing home model.

All the rooms, which will be a mix of sin­gle and dou­ble rooms, will be en-suite and there will also be a cof­fee area where fam­ily can en­joy light re­fresh­ments with a rel­a­tive while vis­it­ing Glenville House.

Fer­gus said he ex­pects that if Wex­ford County Coun­cil give the project the green light work will be­gin on site as soon as pos­si­ble.

Glenville House it­self cur­rently has ‘a hor­ri­ble plas­tic con­ser­va­tory at the back’ which Fer­gus plans to re­move. Once re­moved a sim­ple but el­e­gant glass cor­ri­dor will link the ex­ist­ing house to the new nurs­ing home. Glenville House it­self will be used as of­fices to deal with the ad­min­is­tra­tive side of the busi­ness.

He said that while the listed build­ing has been empty for a num­ber of years there is not a lot of work needed on the ex­te­rior to bring it up to scratch.

‘Very light work is needed to bring it back to life. It’s in fairly good nick out­side and it was pre­vi­ously been used as of­fices so it just needs some up­dat­ing in­ter­nally. We will only touch the pro­tected build­ing very lightly. The ma­jor­ity of the work will be done be­hind it build­ing the new nurs­ing home.’

The whole project which is ex­pected to be in the re­gion of €10mil­lion will take at least a year to com­plete ac­cord­ing to Fer­gus.

‘I’d say it will def­i­nitely cost €10 mil­lion to get it built. It’s a mas­sive project and is great news for Wex­ford. In ad­di­tion to the rooms there will treat­ment rooms, a shop, health­care area, dif­fer­ent and spa­cious day rooms and other fa­cil­i­ties.

‘When de­sign­ing it we had to look at the range of needs the var­i­ous res­i­dents will have and how to in­te­grate them to­gether. We also li­aised with the fire depart­ment and had a de­tailed pre-plan­ning meet­ing with Wex­ford County Coun­cil.

‘The kitchen will be in the base­ment of the build­ing with dumb wait­ers which will bring the food to the large din­ing hall. The top of the build­ing will be full of glass. There will also be an im­pres­sive en­trance.’

The new nurs­ing home at Glenville is de­signed so that all vis­i­tors enter the café area. The café area will over­look the south fac­ing gar­dens which are lo­cated be­tween the liv­ing blocks. The blocks are di­vided into smaller blocks and sub-di­vided to en­sure that at any time a block can be evac­u­ated in case of a fire or that some pa­tients are con­trolled from walk­ing out of the nurs­ing home but still feel free to walk in ex­ter­nal gar­den space.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion only one ex­ist­ing out­build­ing and a small store, both of which are in very bad re­pair will be re­moved while it is hoped that the re­main­ing out­build­ings can be re­tained and pos­si­bly re­in­stated at some point in the near fu­ture.

The pro­posed nurs­ing home, with pro­tected struc­ture Glenville House in the fore­ground.

An im­pres­sion of how the new nurs­ing home will look, by Fer­gus Flana­gan Ar­chi­tects.

If plan­ning is ap­proved, the new nurs­ing home at Glenville House will have 78 bed­rooms.

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