Microsoft today marked its 30th anniversary in Ireland by announcing details of a new €134m campus style building which will be located at the South County Business Park in Leopardstown. The new campus will bring Microsoft’s 1,200 strong team all together under one roof for the first time in the company’s recent history in Ireland.
The total amount invested by the company to date is in the region of €1 billion which includes data centre investments in west Dublin.
Commenting on the announcement the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. said: “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. This investment is truly significant and is a fantastic sign of Microsoft’s continued commitment to Ireland. The Government’s job is to build on the positive environment that exists for companies like Microsoft so they can continue to grow, create and secure jobs in Ireland. This is part of the Government’s plan to create 40,000 new jobs this year and return our country to full employment by 2018.
Cathriona Hallahan, MD, Microsoft Ireland said: “It is fitting and appropriate that we make this further commitment to Ireland during the year that we celebrate our 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. 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 Scales – 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. We are looking forward to having a great year of celebrations to mark our 30 years in Ireland and there is no better way to start the year than with this announcement.”
The new Campus will be located in a wooded setting, backing on to Leopardstown racecourse. The total floor area of the new building will be c.34, 554 m2 over a basement of c. 13, 738 m2. The site is just under 3 hectares.
In addition to making capital investments over 30 years the company has also provided an estimated €30m of support to charities and non-profit organisations in Ireland through the provision of software, financial grants and expertise from employee volunteers. Marking the 30th anniversary, employees will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite charity to receive a cash donation of €30k.