Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) maintenance bill has inflated to over three times that of what it was three years ago, The City has learned.
DIT’s maintenance bill has been steadily rising year after year over the last ten years, for the most part. With the 2015 bill at €1 million, followed by €2 million in 2016, then up to €2.3 million in 2017, the maintenance bill finally reached upwards of €3.3 million in 2018.
“The 2018 [maintenance] budget includes a provision for refurbishments relating to the relocation from Rathmines Road to the 5th Floor, Park House (circa €1,000,000)” said Lisa Saputo, a spokesperson for DIT.
Despite the rising costs of upkeep in the college, the cleaning bill has been going down with €2.4 million spent in 2008 and €1.9 million in 2018. There have been fluctuations on the cleaning bill from year to year but overall it has been declining.
DIT say the reduction of the cost of cleaning is down to the centralisation of their budget in 2010. DIT spokesperson Lisa Saputo said: “Centralisation, combined with an improved tendering process, reduced cleaning costs in DIT by 10% without a reduction of service levels in the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018. To facilitate the transition to the fully centralised model, a small specific budget allocation was provided to some campuses.”
Bolton Street campus had a costly year in 2008, with €590,000 spent on cleaning and €389,000 spent on maintenance, amounting to a bill of €980,000.
Grangegorman’s maintenance costs have gone up considerably in the last few years despite being a new campus. In 2015, DIT spent €24,000 on maintenance, in 2016 it was €57,000, in 2017 it was over €111,000 and then €168,000 in 2018.
There was considerable fluctuation in the overall budget of maintenance in the years from 2013 to 2018. The 2013 bill was €1.1 million which went up to €2.3 million in 2014, then back down to €1 million in 2015 and up to €2 million in 2016. It subsequently rose again to €2.3 million in 2017, and finally up to a whopping €3.3 million in 2018.