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Monday 26 February 2018

Demolition of Apollo House will begin on Friday

Glen Hansard and Christy Dignam playing at Apollo House
Glen Hansard and Christy Dignam playing at Apollo House

Preparations for the demolition of Apollo House will get under way on Friday.

The building became the focus of Dublin's homeless crisis last Christmas when it was occupied by activists supported by celebrities including singer Glen Hansard.

It was reported yesterday that Newry-headquartered firm Tinnelly Demolition issued tenants operating a car-parking facility at Apollo House with a notice to vacate the property by Thursday.

The move will clear the way for its demolition.

News of the building's imminent demolition comes just over five months after An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for the removal and redevelopment of both it and the adjacent Hawkins House, the current home of the Department of Health.

The site occupied by Apollo House is set to be used for the development of an 11-storey office building.

Pedestrianised

It will also form part of a wider scheme to create a new 'midtown' area of Dublin city centred on George's Quay and consisting of shops, restaurants, a public plaza and pedestrianised street.

Apollo House is set to be redeveloped by Nama-appointed receivers to developer Garrett Kelleher's Cuprum Properties.

The Office of Public Works will be responsible for the replacement of Hawkins House, a 1960s property that has long been considered one of Dublin's ugliest buildings.

A plan by developer Johnny Ronan's company, Tanat, to build a 22-storey landmark tower comprising offices, a hotel and rooftop restaurant on nearby Tara Street forms another key component within the George's Quay Local Area Plan.

The proposal was recently the subject of a two-day An Bord Pleanala hearing after it was rejected by the city council.

A decision on the appeal is expected shortly.

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