Tuesday 24 April 2018

WATCH: A bird's eye view of Hewlett Packard's massive Leixlip campus which is for sale

Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Hewlett Packard’s Leixlip manufacturing campus is being brought to the market by agents CBRE today, with the expectation from property industry sources that its sale could secure in excess of €60m.

Developed from the mid 1990s onwards, the Liffey Park Technology Campus is described as a "world class technology and manufacturing complex" and is expected by CBRE executive director, Willie Norse, to be "one of the largest industrial and indeed overall property disposals in Ireland in recent years".

Notwithstanding Hewlett Packard’s announcement last February of its intention to close its global print business in Leixlip and to make the facility’s 500 employees redundant, the North Kildare campus will continue to house a number of occupiers over the short to medium term.

With some €3.8m in gross rent being generated from leases attached to approximately one third of the accommodation, CBRE believes there is "tremendous potential and scope to increase the rent roll going forward from leasing of currently vacant accommodation".

Interest in HP’s Leixlip campus is anticipated from a variety of occupiers and investors given the scale, quality and flexibility of the site. Given the complex’s existing 16 MVA electrical supply serving an onsite 110kV sub-station, CBRE believes the interest from data centre occupiers in particular will be significant.

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Dublin has rapidly become a major data centre market in Europe, for both hyper-scale, self-build operators and also co-location entities. Based on CBRE’s analysis, Dublin was the third best performing data centre market in Europe in 2016.

Hewlett Packard’s extensive Leixlip campus is split into nine main buildings.  Six of these  are dedicated to high-quality manufacturing, clean room, warehouse and office use while the remaining buildings are used for ancillary and backup uses such as energy centres and canteen. The site also benefits from extensive Class 10,000 cleanrooms of approx. 11,150 sq m (120,000 sq ft) located within Building 7 of the campus.

The overall facility, which extends to a gross floor area of approximately 136,000 sq m (1.46 million sq ft), is located on a highly-serviced site of approximately 79 hectares (195 acres). The site configuration allows for an estimated 28 hectares (70 acres) of undeveloped land which offers potential for additional development of buildings (subject to planning permission).

The lands are predominately zoned Objective H "Industrial and Warehousing" under the Kildare Development Plan 2011 – 2017. Zoning is anticipated to remain in situ under the Kildare Development Plan 2017 – 2023 (currently under review).

The site occupies a highly-accessible location, accessed directly off the M4 motorway which links Dublin to Galway and the west of Ireland. Dublin city centre is located 21km to the east, Dublin Port is 33km to the east and Dublin  Airport is located 27km to the north-east.

Nearby occupiers include Intel Ireland, who occupy a 145 hectares (360 acres) site in Collinstown Industrial Park, Leixlip (just 3km from Liffey Park).  Intel are currently planning for a major expansion at their site which could see the workforce grow to 2,850 over the next 3 years.

Grange Castle Business Park which is located 10km from Liffey Park includes manufacturing occupiers such as Aryzta, Grifols, Pfizer and Takeda, while the area is also home to data centre occupiers Interxion, Microsoft and Google.

Commenting on the sale of the Liffey Park Technology Campus, CBRE’s Willie Norse said: "This premier high-tech manufacturing complex represents an economic opportunity for large scale end-users to secure a commercial industrial manufacturing facility at a fraction of reinstatement value, or alternatively for investors who would seek to lease out the entire campus, thereby generating a very significant rent roll".

"Given that Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe and a gateway to European and global markets, we expect this opportunity to have very strong appeal to both global investors and end users," he added.

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