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The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years

This includes €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016 and over €92,000 on canteen renovations in 2015.

Dr Steevens' Hospital
Dr Steevens' Hospital
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THE HSE HAS spent just over €3 million refurbishing its headquarters in Dublin over the last five years.

Figures released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act show the expenditure during this period includes about €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016, €92,581 on canteen renovations in 2015 and over €550,000 on pitched roof maintenance in 2014.

A spokesperson said: “The main expenditure was on reconfiguring the basement in the building to accommodate offices and a suite of meeting rooms. Other significant projects completed in this period include the refurbishment/upgrade of the staff canteen and the installation of more cost-effective lighting.”

The HSE’s headquarters is located at Dr Steevens’ Hospital, a listed building close to Heuston Railway Station.

Here’s a breakdown of how much was spent annually during the last five-year period:

  • 2016: €1.49 million
  • 2015: €225,179
  • 2014: €838,470
  • 2013: €472,300
  • 2012: €40,000

Just over €1.3 million was spent in 2013 and 2014, including:

  • €553,574 on pitched roof and window maintenance
  • €229,000 on kitchen upgrades
  • €166,760 on roof repair (including almost €68,000 on emergency repairs to stop a leak)
  • €85,000 on lift repair
  • €534,450 on replacing two boilers (the HSE said both boilers were “each over 20 years old and malfunctioning regularly”)
  • €10,589 on library refurbishment

‘Value for money’

In a further statement to TheJournal.ie, the HSE said: “Dr Steevens’ provides approximately 110,000 sq ft of office accommodation for the HSE in a city centre location. The cost of leasing such accommodation in Dublin city at the moment would be somewhere between €4.5 million and €9.5 million per annum, with a further once off fit-out cost of between €11 million and €16 million.

The investment in the building in the last 18 months was to provide additional office space and meeting rooms in the basement of the building. Without this investment further space would have to be leased in the vicinity. The recent expenditure on the building represents value for money for the State.

“Dr Steevens’ is a listed building and the HSE is obliged (enforceable by the planning authorities) to preserve the building in its present condition. There are costs associated with maintaining historic buildings.”

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