Dunno about dublin but i hope all the regional offices are put forward as open competitions. Great oppurtunities there for young firms. FKL and BoydCody stand out as having done well out of such competitions in recent years
if any capital project costs more than â‚¬120k it should by right, be put to open tender, unless the OPW have some other scheme on the boil. - i.e. they pre-design the buildings and then just tender the construction.
my guess is that the budget for this will not induce spending on landmark buildings.
Don't get your point Diaspora, decentralisation has nothing to do with being market-led. It is for the most part anti-market. By design. Which is a good thing in principle. It could be argued that civic monies are best spent being practical. But then again, would we have the buildings of the past with that mentality?
Firstly interventions to skew the market should take account of the condition of the market i.e. not enough residential capacity and excess offices. It is therefore going to have no positive supply side effect.
Secondly the construction industry is close to capacity delivering infrastructure and housing, creating demand for office construction in other places when 15.4% of all offices in Dublin are vacant is crazy. It will add to construction inflation driving ALL construction costs up including apartment construction prices up in Dublin.
Thirdly decentralisation is about securing better value for the taxpayer, this strategy will necessitate the construction of new schools and particularly roads because most of the places selected would never have the critical mass to provide local transport.
Buy the old John Hinde 'Rush Hour in Ireland' Postcards with the sheep, soon it will be civil servants in Micras