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Office of Public Works promises new DoH HQ will be ‘far superior’ to Hawkins House

The proposed office layout has 71 single offices “to accommodate senior managers in the Department of Health”, the OPW informed the Medical Independent (MI).

The OPW also provided updated dates to MI for the demolition of Hawkins House, which is expected to take place now in 2017 late or early 2018.

“Subject to a positive planning decision, and confirmation of Government funding for redevelopment, the date of the demolition and initiation of the development project to replace Hawkins House would be late 2017/early 2018,” an OPW spokesperson told MI.

“In terms of the new location, the lease and office layouts are virtually finalised and it is expected to be ready for occupation by mid-2017.”

The OPW also said that any surplus furniture left in Hawkins House after it is vacated will “in the normal course be recycled where possible or disposed of, if appropriate”.

The OPW submitted a planning application in June to demolish Hawkins House and redevelop a new modern office block, with a commercial element at ground floor level.

The OPW’s spokesperson said the new Departmental headquarters on Lower Baggot Street will be “far superior to Hawkins House and while OPW is recommending greater use of open-plan offices, some 71 single offices are being provided in the office layouts proposed, to accommodate senior managers in the Department of Health”.

Space in the new offices will be allocated to the Department to accommodate in excess of 500 staff over four of the seven office floors.

“The Department of Children, currently in leased accommodation in Mespil Road, will occupy two floors and plans are being finalised in relation to occupancy of the remaining office floor.

“At full occupancy, the total staff numbers envisaged will be up to 900.”

The new headquarters are at the former Bank of Ireland building at Lower Baggot Street.

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