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Monday 11 December 2017

OPW's new €37m base to put our heritage on silver screen

Isabel Hurley

CASTLES around the country could soon be featuring in Hollywood blockbusters, including a new film about Camelot, it was claimed yesterday.

Junior Minister Martin Mansergh, speaking at the opening of a spectacular new €37m HQ for the Office of Public Works (OPW) in Trim, Co Meath, said he recently went to Hollywood to promote historic Irish castles, abbeys and monuments to television and film producers.

"Two are in the pipeline including Camelot,'' said the minister who has responsibility for the OPW.

The new HQ is a rare success of the Government's decentralisation scheme. After almost a century of being based in Dublin, the OPW has moved into the Meath heritage town.

The landmark building overlooks the famous Trim Castle and Wellington Pillar.

OPW chairwoman Clare McGrath said it had spent 96 years in Dublin.

"In its nearly 100 years of history, the core work of the OPW has not changed all that much,'' said Ms McGrath.

The 8,000sqm building has a fully automated window system that can be programmed for night cooling in summer.A combination of wood pellet and gas boiler systems heat it in winter along with solar panels. It will cater for some 366 staff.

Irish Independent

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