Tuesday 20 March 2018

New film studio in Limerick one step closer with multi-million purchase of former Dell warehouse

Conn Murray, Limerick City Council manager
Conn Murray, Limerick City Council manager
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Plans for a multi-million euro film production hub in Limerick have taken a step forward today as the local council announced that it is buying a 350,000 sq ft warehouse formerly used by computer giant Dell.

Limerick City and County Council is to shell out between €5m and €6m for the former industrial building in Castletroy, which is around 25 acres in size with 7.5 acres of development land available and 750 car spaces.

It is now hoped that the building will be used to to provide major film productions facilities in Limerick. The council is currently in talks with Ardmore Studios, the largest film and TV studio in the country, in the hopes of advancing the project.

Limerick CEO Conn Murray said the purchase was “an important step in the local authority’s plan to create an international film centre and major sustainable employment in Limerick”.

“Our discussions with Ardmore Studios are continuing at pace since we first announced that we were working together late last year,” Mr Murray said.

“We’re delighted that subject to finalising details, we have agreed terms on the purchase of the former Dell building in Plassey. The purchase of this building is the first step in our strategy to create major studio facilities in Limerick.

“The next part of the process is to finalise our discussions with Ardmore Studios. We have been encouraged by the response to this initiative,” he added.

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