University of Limerick 'Health Hub plans' get council approval

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

University of Limerick 'Health Hub plans' get council approval

The Health Hub will soon be kitted-out in the Old Town Hall premises in the city

PLANS to build a ‘health promotion hub’ in Limerick city centre have been approved by Limerick City and County Council.

The Health Hub will soon be kitted-out in the Old Town Hall premises on Rutland Street, as part of University of Limerick’s recently-launched global strategy and the Limerick 2030 Economic Plan.

The centre, which will be used for “community-based health promotion”, will be delivered in association with the HSE directorate of health and wellbeing, Healthy Ireland Council and UL.

The centre will comprise a meeting room with a 60-person capacity, reception area and waiting room.

It is also part of UL’s aim to augment its “visibility” within the city centre, with plans to build transport links between the city and the Plassey campus; permanent residence for UL’s Fab Lab; and students’ residence in partnership with Shannon Consortium and the council.

In the plan, UL says that the “interprofessional, community-based health hub will enable staff from the health sciences to deliver health and wellbeing programmes to community groups”.

When UL president Prof Don Barry launched the university's Broadening Horizons strategy, he said that the university was “anxious” to see city centre developments at the Opera Centre site happen as soon as possible.

“We are ready to go and we have begun creating some of the activities that we want to bring to the city already.

“What I want to see in the city is hundreds of UL students studying in the city, living in the city, and bringing their energy and their life, as part of the revitalisation of the city centre, which I think is a very important part of the Limerick 2030 plan.”

Plans for the project were first lodged in the middle of February, and the planning office gave it the green light, this week. The building was originally home to the Chamber of Commerce when it was built in 1815.