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Planning appeal will not stall DoH move to its new HQ

Last month, an appeal was lodged with An Bord Pleanála regarding the redevelopment of Hawkins House and the nearby Apollo House location.

A spokesperson for the Office of Public Works (OPW) has told the Medical Independent (MI) that this appeal will significantly impact the timeline for the demolition and redevelopment of Hawkins House.

The earliest that the demolition of Hawkins House will take place is now late 2018, said the OPW’s spokesperson.

In December, the OPW had told MI that the demolition of Hawkins House was expected to take place in late 2017 or early 2018.

Nevertheless, the appeal will not change the upcoming move of Department of Health staff, the OPW told this newspaper.

“The appeal lodged through An Bord Pleanála will not affect the scheduled move from Hawkins House to Baggot Street,” said the OPW spokesperson.

“The move is expected to be completed within 2017.”

As this newspaper has previously reported, the Department of Health’s proposed new offices at the former Bank of Ireland HQ on Lower Baggot Street will have 71 single offices “to accommodate senior managers in the Department of Health”.

The Department of Health will get four of the seven floors of the building to accommodate more than 500 staff. Staff from the Department of Children and one other not yet identified Department will occupy the other floors of the building.

At full occupancy, the Lower Baggot Street office will have a total staff number of up to 900.

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