Sunday 18 August 2019

IDA urges council to green-light Ronan's 1,000-job plan

Thinking big: Developer Johnny Ronan’s firm has applied to raise height of offices to 11 storeys
Thinking big: Developer Johnny Ronan’s firm has applied to raise height of offices to 11 storeys

Gordon Deegan

The IDA has urged Dublin City Council to give developer Johnny Ronan the go-ahead for more office space in Dublin's Docklands that will have the capacity to accommodate an extra 1,000 Salesforce staff.

Last month Salesforce confirmed plans to create 1,500 jobs over the next five years in the area.

The employees are to be located in Salesforce Tower Dublin which is made up of four inter-connected buildings on the North Wall in the Silicon Docks area. Mr Ronan's Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) said that the new campus represents the largest-ever single office letting in the State.

Now, Mr Ronan's firm has lodged plans to increase the scale of floor area by 23pc by seeking to add floors to bring the office blocks to 11 storeys.

In a submission to the City Council, the IDA's head of property, Damien Kilgannon, said that planning  permission for the Ronan plan "will represent a significant early win for Dublin" in the National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040. Mr Kilgannon said that granting permission "will also enable Salesforce to realise its ambitious growth for the benefit of Dublin and Ireland".

Mr Kilgannon told the council that Salesforce has requested Mr Ronan's Spencer Place Ltd to seek the planning permission for the additional 100,000 sq ft of office space "to accommodate further growth in Dublin".

Mr Kilgannon said that "the development now proposed will provide capacity to add to a further circa 1,000 employees at Spencer Dock". The IDA executive said that Salesforce welcomes the opportunity to expand its new Dublin campus by increasing the height and density of the proposal.

Mr Ronan's firm has lodged the application after the recent publication by Government on new building height guidelines in urban areas.

Mr Kilgannon said that the successful implementation of the guidelines "will ensure the timely delivery of height and density in the most appropriate locations".

Irish Independent

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