THE HSE is to apply for permission to develop basement car parking at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.
According to a planning application due to be presented to Limerick County Council, the health service wants to build a new double basement car parking, as well as the start of car parking use at the existing basement level below the hospital.
Some 182 new car parking spaces will be built two levels below ground to facilitate the new Critical Care Unit, which began construction last year.
There will also be 90 new spaces built to the south east of the new unit, according to the application.
There are also plans to build various stairways to give access to future ground levels.
In its plan, the HSE wrote: “The proposed development will be linked to, and integrated with, the existing Mid-Western Regional Hospital at ground floor level.”
Access to the proposed development will be via the ground floor entrance, as well as a temporary construction access point from the St Nessan’s Road.
The development will also include all ancillary storage areas, layout plans for bicycle parking, landscaping, signage, and minor reconfiguration works.
The €30m Critical Care Unit, which will form the new accident and emergency unit, is expected to be completed later this year.
The HSE has up to two weeks to formally submit its planning application to Limerick County Council.