Some of the most recognisable properties in the country are held by the government. The Office of Public Works (OPW) has one of the largest and most diverse property portfolios, ranging from important buildings such as Dublin Castle to Garda stations and government offices.
A focus of OPW is to get value for money while providing accommodation that meets the operational needs of government.
The OPW manages over 2,000 buildings spread over 1,700 properties throughout the country.
Management of the Property Portfolio
The efficient procurement and management of accommodation for government departments and agencies is critical to the success of government strategy.
The Office of Public Works' large property portfolio provides and sources accommodation for central government departments and agencies.
Property Maintenance Services provides a service for clients and building users and to other Office of Public Works business units. It is responsible for maintaining the value and condition of the State's property portfolio, including cultural institutions and heritage properties.
Estate Project Delivery Units, supported by OPW architectural and engineering expertise, delivers new construction, refurbishment, conservation and major maintenance projects on behalf of the State and the Office of Public Works' customers.
The Office of the State/Principal Architect is responsible for leading and managing the Office’s architectural team, with oversight of the architectural input to construction projects, maintenance of the quality of the fabric of the State’s property portfolio and the conservation of heritage properties in State care, as well as being the main advisor to the Government in relation to architectural matters.
The OPW architectural team provides our clients with design, construction and support services that meet their requirements. The architectural team have implemented a Quality Management System that meets the requirement of IS EN ISO 90001:2000.
The Art Management Office of the OPW manages and maintains the Irish State Art Collection, acquires and commissions artworks for display in OPW managed properties and provides assistance and advice to OPW colleagues on art-related projects and initiatives.
The Art Management Office implements the government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme and provides advice and art valuation services on art and cultural projects on behalf of the government.
The Art Management Office also collaborates with arts organisations, local authorities and other relevant bodies to support the arts nationally and internationally and creates public awareness of the collection through exhibitions and publications.