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Wednesday 20 June 2018

First Look: From gyms and music rooms to baristas and yoga...Inside LinkedIn's new €85m EMEA HQ office in Dublin

  • More than 80 roles available as LinkedIn expands in Ireland
  • Taoiseach: 'New development reaffirms that Ireland is the perfect location for investment'
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

LinkedIn has just unveiled its new 17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ in Dublin.

The first building that the social networking firm has built outside the USA, the Wilton Place premises is a result of an €85m investment.

The five-storey building has been designed, and undertaken over a two year period, in order to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland.

Employee numbers have increased from just three to  to 1,200 in a mere seven years, with 80 roles currently available.

A number of Irish companies were involved in the building works, and at the height of the construction, the project saw 360 workers on site every day.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Monday morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the new development "is a strong endorsement of the Government's economic and job creation strategy because it reaffirms that Ireland is the perfect location for investment". 

"When LinkedIn first came to Ireland in 2010 we were in the middle of one of our darkest periods economically," he said.

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"But today, thanks to the sacrifices of the Irish people and the policies pursued by the Government, our economy has recovered, and we are now facing the future with renewed confidence."

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD said that LinkedIn is now one of Ireland’s leading technology employers, "with employees from 55 nations which reflects the diversity that Dublin has to offer".

Some of the facilities in the new building include a music studio, a high-end gym and fitness studio, a restaurant, coffee bar, an expansive roof terrace, and a games room.

The rooftop terrace provides views across Dublin from The Aviva Stadium to the Spire and the Sugarloaf Mountains to Dublin Bay.

Each of the five floors has a theme - and there is open plan seating throughout the building with no private offices, designed with an aim to encourage interaction.

Head of LinkedIn Ireland Sharon McCooey said that the level of our investment "reflects our commitment to Ireland and the great work our amazing team in Dublin does every day".

Linkedin’s Dublin operation serves the entire EMEA region supporting customers and members across two continents, with functions including sales, marketing, customer service, finance, analytics and engineering.

 

Additional features

*The World of Wonder by Lithuanian artist Monika Mitkute represents a world full of individual characters where creativity and ideas are free to move, float and grow.

 

*The Polaroid Wall gives employees the opportunity to take their photo and display it alongside their colleagues.

 

*The steel beam was signed by employees before being hoisted into its position on top of the building in August 2016.

 

*The McKenna-Lawlor room is named after Susan McKenna-Lawlor, an Irish astrophysicist and is professor of experimental physics at Maynooth University.

 

*The Atrium. The atrium provides the space for all hands meetings and also a range of activity for staff like mental health talks with Roy Keane.

 

*Failte Wall - This interactive wall at the restaurant entrance aims to record and display the many countries that Linkedin's visitors and employees come from.

 

*LinkedIn has a full gym and fitness studio, with professional trainers and a range of classes for staff to avail of. 

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