The renovation of a listed building and construction of an adjacent one is set to get underway in Paphos to bring all of the offices of the social insurance and labour departments that are currently in various areas of Paphos to one area, a municipality spokesman told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday.
“The decision was taken to go ahead with his project which is another positive step for Paphos,” he said after a meeting between Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos and ministry officials.
The now defunct building in Athena Street in Paphos will be fully renovated, while a three-storey building, along with with parking and storage areas will be constructed on the rest of the plot.
“This will be used to accommodate the five departments of the ministry of labour and social insurance,” he said.
The old building is owned by the social insurance fund, he added.
An architectural competition is due to be launched in September.
“It will be dependent on the architectural plans as to how long construction will take to complete, but the aim is to start construction work in the first quarter of 2022,” he added.
The municipality of Paphos will be in charge of the project and overseeing the construction.
The total cost of the project, including VAT, is expected to amount to approximately €7 million.