The refurbishment of a new headquarters for food promotion body An Bord Bia ended up costing more than €6.4m.

The state agency was forced to move after their old lease expired and their landlord told them he planned to redevelop the building.

A breakdown of costs for the refurbishment of their new HQ in Ballsbridge details how €9,870 was spent on a 100 inch Sony Bravia screen for their boardroom.

An advanced video conferencing system for the room cost nearly €4,300 while a specialised sound system came with a bill of €11,244.

A brief for the boardroom design said it should maintain an "executive look and feel" while still giving it "a more contemporary feel", according to Freedom of Information records.

"Light timber panelling, large botanical imagery, and a new textured finish all contribute to a warm and welcoming meeting space that can facilitate larger meetings," the brief said.

The fitout of the chief executive's office included the purchase of a €3,500 credenza shelf unit and €1,910 for an executive desk.

Also purchased for the CEO's room were a 55 inch Sony Bravia screen for €870, a small room conference system costing €5,148, with a total of €9,160 spent on fitout of its communications and electronics.

An Bord Bia said the final bill for the fitout of their new headquarters on Pembroke Road had been €6.45m, which came in just over €70,000 under budget.

Nearly €4.4m of the total was paid to Kildare-based T&I Fitouts with other bills including €635,788 to Creative Technology Ireland, and €36,272 to Living Walls Limited.

A line-by-line account of expenditure details a bill of €2,300 for the removal and disposal of four safes from their old buildings at Clanwilliam Court in the south city centre.

Other costs listed included €720 for bespoke plant liners for planter boxes and €5,739 for float sit/stand desks.

There was a €4,162 outlay for Inox tables, €1,680 for a barrel-shaped table and €7,779 for Ultra F armchairs.

Also included in the refurbishment bill was €31,957 for shelf potted plants for a moss wall feature and €960 for the collection of pallets for shredding.

In an information note, An Bord Bia said that the lease on their original headquarters at Clanwilliam Court in Dublin 2 had expired in December 2021.

"It was important to secure a strategic and centrally located office, of suitable size, in order to underpin the promotion of sustainably produced Irish food, drink and horticulture products to customers around the globe," it said.

"A number of properties across Dublin were considered, with the Pembroke Road building chosen as the most suitable in terms of size, lease terms, and access to transport links," it added.

They said they had "upcycled" much of their existing furniture and equipment from their old offices with staff desks, chairs and pedestals all moved across.

Even the boardroom table and chairs were transferred from their previous premises as well as other items of loose furniture, AV, and electronic equipment.

They said the new premises would not only operate as an office but also as an event space for the food, drink and horticulture industries.

Reporting by Ken Foxe