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Monday 21 April 2014

Irish Water workers can sweat it out in office gym

IRISH Water is having a gym for staff installed in its new headquarters in Dublin city centre.

The new state agency is moving into an office block on Talbot Street in the north inner city.

The building was previously occupied by Bank of Ireland, but the bank vacated the office as part of its scaling down of operations.

By the middle of this year, Irish Water expects to have 470 staff based in the office at Colville House, which is located next door to the Independent News & Media offices. The agency is not able to say how much the gym will cost.

"Irish Water's office on Talbot St will have a small gym which is not yet open or fully fitted out at this point. Staff will have to pay a membership fee to cover the cost of the gym.

"The gym will be 10m by 10m. As the fit out hasn't been fully decided we can't give you a figure on the cost or membership fees," a spokesperson said.

Irish Water is reported to be paying a rent of €188 per sq m for the 5,109sq m office block. The agency is sub-letting the building from the bank.

The installation of gyms in offices is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among the US technology multi-nationals basing themselves in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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