Work on completing the new €4.6m medical facility at Nenagh Hospital is scheduled to recommence in the next four or five weeks, according to the HSE.
However, despite the company that was originally involved in the build, Manley Construction Ltd, coming out of examinership this month, the HSE has pursued a contract with a different company.
Work was halted last November when Manley went into voluntary examinership. That was lifted by Ms Justice Marue Baker in the High Court in March.
The work included refurbishment of the existing ward accommodation along with a new single storey extension.
The project, a 24-bed unit, includes 16 medical beds in single units.
As well as the funding through the HSE, the Friends of Nenagh Hospital put €270,000 into the facility.
“Progress is ongoing with a view to recommencing construction works at Nenagh Hospital. The HSE’s Estates Department is engaging with relevant parties and hopes that work will recommence within the next four to six weeks or possibly earlier if matters can be resolved before then,” said a HSE spokesperson.
They said that it was envisaged that the new extension, phase one of the project would be ready for occupancy within 12 weeks or so from recommencement of construction works.
The equipment required for the new unit has been delivered to site and the plan is to move patients into the new single room block upon completion and to subsequently commence the refurbishment of the existing vacated Ward area later this year, the spokesperson told the Tipperary Star.
The news has been welcomed by local Labour TD Alan Kelly, who turned the sod on the edvelopment in 2015, with work supposed to be completed in May 2016.
However, it now looks as if the unit will not open until September or October, some 18 months behind schedule.
“I welcome this news,” said Deputy Kelly, who also revealed that it was hoped Phase 2 would be complete within a further 11 months.
Last November, Deputy Kelly told the Tipperary Star that he knew the HSE was working hard to ensure that the project would be completed, and had hoped to have it done within nine months. It now looks as if that is going to happen.
While Manley did not reply to a query from the Tipperary Star about resuming work on site following leaving examinership, they said last November that they were working with the HSE for a swift handover.
The company had five workers employed who were been relocated to other Manley Construction projects.
Meanwhile, Deputy Kelly has also welcomed the news that the HSE had confirmed to him that it had begun design work on the new St Conlon's care facility on land at Nenagh Hospital in Tyone.
The work will involve a new €9m build consisting of 50 beds. It is expected that the new facility will take three years to complete.
“These will be for long-stay, short-stay, respite and rehabilitation,” said Deputy Kelly, who announced the proect while he was Minister for the Environment in the last Government.
Deputy Kelly said he was now looking forward to the turning of the sod.
“It is a welcome development and I know it is a priority for the HSE,” he said.