The Grainstore, a Victorian building renovated into contemporary office space for growing technology companies in Dublin 8, was officially opened by Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources today. The building’s seven newly refurbished offices are part of The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest enterprise cluster for technology, digital media and internet companies. The four-storey, 10,650 square feet building will bring the number of office buildings at The Digital Hub to nine and represents an investment of almost €4 million in the refurbishment of the historic building.
The 19th century Grainstore building is a former store for grain used in whiskey production by Roe’s Distillery. The George Roe Distillery had the highest output of any distillery in the world in the time around 1886. This solid limestone building also has earlier ties to the Four Courts Marshalsea – a debtor’s prison. Located between wall remains of the Four Courts Marshalsea and what is now the Digital Depot building, the Grainstore is of great architectural merit.
In its newly refurbished state, The Grainstore offers visually impressive, bright, and spacious office units. Six of the seven offices come with their own kitchen/kitchenette. The ground floor has a communal kitchen, a shared and bookable, meeting room and plenty of collaborative space. The Grainstore has Cat 6 computer cabling, 24/7 CCTV monitored security system and 24/7 Electronic Access Control.
The Grainstore building is already partly occupied by existing Digital Hub company TIBCO (formerly Jaspersoft). Due to expansion, the software development company has moved from the Digital Court building to The Grainstore and occupies just over 50% of the building. Jaspersoft took up residence at The Digital Hub in 2008 and its recent expansion is due to the acquisition by TIBCO in April 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for Communications, Alex White TD, said: “The Government is rebuilding an enterprise-focused economy that can support full employment by 2018. The successful redevelopment of The Grainstore, which significantly expands the office capacity available for growing digital enterprises here at the Digital Hub, demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurship and job creation. Moreover, the regeneration of this 19th century building, so stylishly executed, breathes further vibrancy into a historic part of Dublin, while respecting the unique character of the Liberties area.”
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Commenting on the newest building in the cluster, Gerry Macken, CEO, The Digital Hub said: “Following a very successful 2015 to date, we are delighted to be able to expand the office space at The Digital Hub with The Grainstore building. Just over half of this new office space is already being put to great use by one of our expanding companies at the Hub, TIBCO, and we hope to fill the rest of the new office space in the coming months.”
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“The Liberties area has recently benefitted from various regeneration projects, and I am very proud that The Digital Hub can add The Grainstore to the growing list of improvements in the local community. In addition to this project we are restoring and refurbishing a number of historic 19th century buildings at 1 Crane Street and 7 & 8 Thomas Street, which are due to be completed in 2016. Urban regeneration is a core value for us here at The Digital Hub and I believe that these new restoration projects are a great addition to the area.”
The Digital Hub is always looking for bright, scaling technology companies to join its enterprise cluster. Any company interested in locating in The Grainstore building should contact the Sales team by email to [email protected] or telephone 01 4806200.