About 120 civil servants will have to pass through construction work to reach their offices at the new Tamar government headquarters, which is struggling to meet its deadline. The officials from the commerce and tourism branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau are the first batch of civil servants to move into the HK$5 billion waterfront office tower. Their original office in Pacific Place had to be vacated as the lease expired, and workers have been packing boxes and transporting them to the new office on floors 22 and 23 of the tower's west wing. Yesterday, some construction workers were still renovating the other floors of the tower and finishing greening works outside. A notice asking the workers to use only the east-wing entrance from today onwards was posted at the site. The government employees will have to take a more circuitous route than expected to reach their offices. They will not be able to take the most direct and shortest walk via footbridges outside the Admiralty Centre to the tower, as renovation of the bridge is still under way. Instead, they are expected to travel over another footbridge leading to the adjacent Citic Centre and descend to the road to access the tower. The estimated journey time is about 15 minutes. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his wife paid a 30-minute visit to the construction site and office tower yesterday morning. It was his first visit since January. Apart from the office of the Secretary of Justice, 11 other policy bureau offices and the Central Policy Unit will move to the tower by end of the year. It is expected that more than 3,000 civil servants will eventually work in the new tower. The Legislative Council is scheduled to be relocated to its own office complex at Tamar on August 10.