Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan

HSE Media Response re. PCT Balbriggan

Newspaper advertisements were placed in December 2007 and June 2008
inviting submissions  from parties interested in developing the sites
as primary care centre locations.

Submissions received for Balbriggan were assessed and technical
dialogue meetings with qualifying parties were completed. A preferred
provider was identified who satisfied the HSE key criteria and had
offered acceptable accommodation, in development, at a suitable
location in the town of Balbriggan at Stephenstown Business Park which
is accessible to Dublin Street via  pedestrian access off the public
car park on Dublin Street .

On 2nd October 2008 HSE Board approval was received to progress a
lease in Balbriggan via the operational lease mechanism.  The board
authorised progression of discussions for up to 21,500ft² within an
acceptable rate band.  We are not in a position to disclose rates at
this point as this remains commercially sensitive.  The term of the
lease arrangement would be 25 years.

A letter of intent was issued 3rd November 2008 to the preferred
provider which contained a number of conditions which the preferred
provider had to satisfy to allow agreement of a lease proposal
including:-

·        Finalisation by the developer of a contractual agreement with the GPs
·        Completion of site acquisition
·        Planning Permission/Statutory obligations
·        Progression within acceptable timelines

Unfortunately the preferred provider was unable to secure contractual
agreements with GPs or progress the project at an acceptable pace and
on 1st November 2010 the HSE withdrew the letter of intent.

Following that, detailed  discussions took place between interested
parties and GPs in the area and a number of  alternative expressions
of interest  were received . The Rhonnellen expression of interest
which identified the 66-70 Dublin Street site was first received in
August 2011.

The final  date for receipt of  submissions which had rates and GP
declarations of commitment was set by the HSE  as being 15th Sept 2011
and two such submissions were received . In Sept 2011 the preferred
provider which is Rhonellen Ltd was selected  on the basis of
acceptable location, acceptable rates offered and maximised GP
involvement  and in November 2011, the HSE signed an agreement to
enter into a lease for a the provision of new Primary Care Centre in
Balbriggan via this Operational Lease process.   This agreement is
subject to a number of conditions, one of which is that an application
for planning permission is lodged within certain timeframes. The
planning application for this scheme has been confirmed as needing to
be lodged by the end of October 2012 at the latest.  The site for the
proposed Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan is 66 – 70 Dublin Street,
Balbriggan.   Acquisition of the site is the responsibility of the
developer not the HSE.  The operational lease mechanism requires the
developer to secure GP involvement.