Positive signs for technology park
Work is progressing at an advanced rate on the Enniscorthy Technology Park in Brownswood with expectations high that work on constructing the first of two state-of-the art buildings at the site will begin imminently.
The Chief Executive Officer of Wexford County Council, Tom Enright, confirmed to this newspaper yesterday that negotiations are omgoing with a number of companies that are interested in availing of space in the first building once its completed.
'We hope that work on the first of the two buildings will begin in the autumn and it will take around nine to 12 months to complete,' he said.
The first building will be 50,000sq metres in size and will be able to accommodate 400 people.
Mr Enright said a number of companies have already expressed interest in the park: 'We already have a number of companies that are strongly interested in relocating there.'
'The first building will accommodate 400 people but it will take a little time to fill that,' he said.
'We have a number of local companies that are expanding and some new companies that are strongly interested in relocating here,' he added.
Mr Enright confirmed that some of the companies with which discussions are taking place are 'very big names'.
'They will be jobs in the tech and services sectors,' he said
Significantly, the first building will not have to be completely full before work will begin on the second building, however, Mr Enright said: 'We would want to have the first one substantially full but we are already working on getting companies interested in the second building.'
Mr Enright said the new buildings will be 'zero energy and very high quality'.
When the new bridge is constructed over the river Slaney as part of the town's flood defence scheme there will be a direct walk and cycle-link between the town centre and the technology park.
'It will be very easy access to the town centre for people working in the park and for local people it will provide a nice walking route out and around the technology park,' said Mr Enright.
He also said the local authority will be developing a cycle route on the N11 from Enniscorthy towards Oylegate as a result of it having a reduced speed limit and being redesignated as a regional rather than national route with the opening of the M11 Enniscorthy bypass.
'The opening of the motorway means Enniscorthy is now within very easy access of Dublin and I am very confident there will be a lot of interest in the site when the buildings are up,' he said.
'The technology park will be very close to the town centre and the town will benefit from the footfall that the park itself will create,' he added.
'That is why we wanted a site as close to the town centre as we could get.'
Mr Enright went on to comment: 'I am confident the first building will be occupied quickly and the second one will follow shortly after.'
The site is owned by the local authority the developer involved, Michael Bennett, welcomed the fact that work is progressing well at the site.
He also highlighted the fact that it will provide a direct link to the town centre when the flood defence bridge is completed.
'It offers an ideal location for businesses and the first site is 38 acres in size and there's another one at the back,' he said.
'It shows that Enniscorthy is open for business and that's good for the everybody in the town,' he added.