£214m business park planned close to Dublin Airport
A landmark international business park that could cost more than €250m (£214m) to build is being planned by developer Michael Howard at a site near Dublin Airport.
His company, Genvest, intends to build 13 grade A office blocks on a huge site beside the M50. It is expected that up to 8,500 people could eventually be deployed at the campus.
The massive development will provide one million sq ft of office space on a 17.2-hectare site that hopes to emulate business campuses occupied by technology giants such as Google and Yahoo in California.
"The development of this business park establishes a new benchmark for businesses communities in Ireland," the company told the council in a masterplan for the scheme.
"The project builds on the masterplan concepts of companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo."
Genvest has just applied for planning permission for the first phase of the project, which will include three office blocks, each of them five storeys tall. One building in that first phase will have 7,404 sq m (80,000 sq ft) of floorspace, while the other two will each have 8,283 sq m (89,000 sq ft). Those offices are expected to provide workspace for up to 2,000 people, and the business park will include a park and a running track.
Genvest said it would be a "flagship development at both national and international level".
"The idea of office buildings clustered around a central park is a new concept for use in business parks in Ireland," the company said in a statement.
It is also envisaged that it will include food and retail outlets.
The site is at a key strategic location on an M1-M50 interchange, and is just a short distance from Dublin Airport.
The site is adjacent to a large Clayton Hotel, which is owned by Ireland's biggest hotel group, Dalata, which also owns a Clayton Hotel in Belfast.
The hotel will be integrated into the business campus "visually and functionally", according to Genvest.
The hotel already has 467 bedrooms. The previous owners - the Moran and Bewley's Group - had sought permission to add 367 bedrooms, as well as a conference centre.
Dalata has confirmed that it will not proceed with that scale of extension, and is now working on plans to add 140 more bedrooms to the property.