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DoH HQ move due in early 2017

27 May 2016

Department of Health

The proposed relocation of the Department of Health (DoH) to Miesian Plaza, the former Bank of Ireland HQ in Baggot Street, is set to commence in Quarter 1 of 2017, but there is likely to be an overlap when the Ministry will be running both its new office and the current one at Hawkins House.

“This will be a significant project, which will require extensive liaison with the OPW [Office of Public Works] to deliver a modern, fit-for-purpose headquarters,” the Department’s Corporate Services Unit (CSU) said of its priority item for this year in briefing notes for the new Minister for Health.

The Unit, which among other functions is responsible for maintaining, altering and upgrading Hawkins House, said this role was managed through a mixture of in-house and contracted resources. However, as part of wider developments, the Hawkins House site was due to be vacated to facilitate a refurbishment of this area of the city centre.

At the same time, the Unit needs to decommission Hawkins House and oversee the conclusion of all contracts and services to the building, which in and of itself will also represent a significant block of work. “It is envisaged there will be an overlap where both locations will be running simultaneously,” the CSU has informed Minister Simon Harris.

The OPW previously confirmed to IMT (‘DoH cannot ‘bank’ on State home’, April 22, 2016) that the proposed move of the DoH to Baggot Street arose because there were no State-owned properties of sufficient size available to house the relocating Department.

The plan is for the DoH to lease space, at an estimated cost of €225 million over 25 years (€9m a year), at the Baggot St development, which beef baron Larry Goodman’s Parma Developments is understood to have bought in 2013 for just over €40 million.

The OPW intends to re-develop the Hawkins House site, which would include demolition of the existing 12-storey, 15,000sqm structure.

Lloyd Mudiwa

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times