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Minister Noel Ahern T.D. Lays Foundation Stone in Trim

Noel Ahern, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works today laid the foundation stone for the new OPW Headquarters building in Townspark, Trim, County Meath.

Speaking at the ceremony Minister Ahern said "This magnificent new building will be completed in two phases. Phase I will comprise of a Client Led Design Build contract for the Shell & Core. Phase II, which is the "Fit-out" contract, will commence after the Shell & Core contract is completed. Phase 1 will be finished in 12 months and the subsequent fit-out completed in early 2009 at which point the building will be ready for occupation by staff in OPW. The building will cover over 8,000 square meters and will stand four storeys tall in its unique circular shape, with a full height atrium through the core and a civic plaza to the front creating the focal point in the new Trim Town Centre. It will cater for approx. 366 staff and many, many visitors."

Minister Ahern continued "Already there are 185 staff in our HQ in St. Stephen's Green who intend to move to this new building with a further 40 awaiting assignment. This year alone we have seen 22 staff move to our advance office in Claremorris, Co. Mayo with others awaiting assignment. This shows the commitment and determination of the OPW in embracing the Government's decentralisation programme, while also managing the property elements for most other Departments and agencies."

The new OPW HQ will be located in Townspark, Trim, County Meath. Later this year and early in 2009 an advance OPW office will open in Scurlochstown, County Meath staffed by approximately 35 OPW employees.

2 November 2007

Below you can see a model of the new building. Photo Credit: Andy Mason.

Trim OPW model building