CRH plans €20m education hub
Building materials giant CRH is planning to build a state-of-the-art education centre for the group at its headquarters in Dublin, which is expected to cost more than €20 million to develop.
The company – which is currently refurbishing its head office at Belgard Castle, an 18th-century house attached to a medieval tower between Clondalkin and Tallaght in southwest Dublin – plans to make a planning application to South Dublin County Council to build the new 5,500sq m education centre and learning archive.
CRH, which is led by chief executive Albert Manifold and which employs 87,000 people across 3,800 locations in 31 countries, aims to bring managers and employees globally to the new centre to “collaborate with peers across the organisation through thought leadership sessions, training and development programmes and innovation, sustainability and diversity initiatives”, it said in a statement.
“We envisage that significant numbers of CRH colleagues from all over the world will visit Ireland each year to participate in a variety of programmes and initiatives in the education centre and learning archive,” Mr
We envisage that significant numbers of CRH colleagues from all over the world will visit Ireland
Manifold said. “This development positions Belgard Castle at the centre of the group.”
The move comes two years after CRH, which was formed in 1970 through the merger of Cement Ltd and Roadstone Ltd, moved much of its head office staff about 15 miles east of the headquarters, to Stonemason’s Way in Rathfarnham. This property contains CRH’s books and accounting records.
Some 250 employees are based across the two locations.
The development comes as CRH has returned to the acquisition trail this year, after taking time off in 2016 to digest €8 billion of deals carried out in 2015.
Last month, Ireland’s most valuable publicly-quoted company saw its $3.5 billion (€3 billion) offer for Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement accepted by shareholders in the US company.