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Saturday 16 December 2017

Microsoft invests €134m into Dublin campus

Microsoft invests €134m into Dublin campus

MICROSOFT is investing €134m in a new campus building in south Dublin.

The new building will be located at the South County Business Park in Leopardstown, and will bring the company’s 1,200 strong Irish team under the one roof.

It means that developers, engineers, finance and operations professionals,  as well as the sales, marketing and services teams will work alongside each other.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the investment, marking Microsoft’s 30th anniversary in Ireland,      as “truly significant”.

“I am delighted to welcome Microsoft's announcement of a new €134 million state of the art ‘One Campus’ in Leopardstown on the occasion of the company's 30th anniversary in Ireland,” he said.  

“This investment is truly significant and is a fantastic sign of Microsoft’s continued commitment to Ireland.”

The new Campus will be located in a wooded setting, backing on to Leopardstown racecourse.

It will have a running and walking trail around the perimeter of the site as well as rooftop terraces looking over the trees to the race track on one side and the mountains on the other.

The total floor area of the new building will be c. 34,554 sqm over a basement of c. 13,738 sqm. The site is just under 3 hectares (2.976.)

Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland managing director, said it was fitting to make the investment in the year marking the company’s 30th anniversary here.

“Having grown from a small manufacturing facility with less than 100 people in 1985 to what we are today, we have a strong track record of continual investment in Ireland,” Ms Hallahan said.

“Dublin is now home to a number of European and global teams and groups as well as to the first Data Centre located outside the United States – a facility that has grown rapidly over the past 5 years. The €134m investment in a modern home for our team underpins our long term commitment to Ireland. “

Details of the new campus were unveiled today at a company meeting for the company’s 1200 employees.

Microsoft said it has invested about €1bn to date in Ireland, including data centre investments in west Dublin.

It is estimated that 150 construction jobs will be created during the two-year build.

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