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A year later ... and at last work begins on Temple Bar homes

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Crampton Buildings Temple Bar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Crampton Buildings Temple Bar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Crampton Buildings Temple Bar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

IT HAS been a long wait but work is finally due to begin on Temple Bar's Crampton Buildings – one year after residents moved out.

Dublin City Council has given notice of its intention to finally start work on the three-storey listed structure that includes converting the existing 54 one-bedroom apartments into 28 newly refurbished units.

Work on the €2.9m development, co-funded by the council and the Department of the Environment, is expected to take two years.

 

Rehoused

The 28 new apartments include three one-bedroom apartments, 21 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom homes.

The development will also include one special needs apartment fully kitted out for wheelchair access.

The city council also intends to install a new lift and two new staircases in the complex as well as refurbishing the existing central staircase and walkways.

Residents were rehoused in new apartment blocks in nearby Bridgefoot Street and Townsend Street a year ago to allow work to begin.

The distinctive 'U-shaped' courtyard buildings that fronts onto Crampton Street, backing into Temple Bar was built in the 1890s and bought by the council in 1998.

Early last year, the council told around 40 residents of Crampton Buildings they would have to move out because of fire safety risk.

The development is the oldest community in Temple Bar.

It is mostly owned by the council, although Treasury Holdings own the ground floor commercial units and open area.

Most bedrooms are inner rooms, accessible only through living rooms, which is a breach of fire safety regulations.

The complex also needs upgrading to walls and new wiring and plumbing.

 

Safety

In January last year, a council engineers' report into the scheme laid bare the serious safety risks posed to residents.

The flats – many of which are rundown and dilapidated – were not covered by fire certificates.

The prospect of moving prompted a mixed response from residents.

One woman, who had been living in Crampton Buildings all her life and asked to remain nameless, accused the council of "telling us nothing".

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