Ryanair’s six-storey HQ expansion to house 750 staff
PLANNERS for Ryanair have confirmed that the airline wants to build a new six-storey office block in Co Dublin that will be home to 750 staff.
The airline, headed by chief executive Michael O’leary, recently filed plans to build beside its base in Swords, just a short distance from the airport. The airline declined to comment on the plans but documents filed with the local council show that the airline plans to construct an L-shaped office block with 10,728 sq m of floor space.
Ryanair expects 750 staff to be based at the new office, adding to the more than 840 of its employees based at the existing headquarters.
The new block will be built on the site of a temporary car park beside the existing headquarters and will include 358 car spaces.
The planners for the airline have informed Fingal County Council that the new building’s design will be one of “elegant simplicity”.
“The proposed development should be economical to construct and to maintain, in line with the requirements of the applicant,” according to Ryanair’s planners, who held a pre-planning consultation with the local council back in June.
It has also ruled out any expen- sive multi-storey car park for the new development.
“Ryanair’s current operational model precludes the additional and unnecessary expense of providing either a multi-storey or basement car parking option,” they said.
“Such provision is generally typically found in city centre locations, where rents are at a premium and where there is a demand for such spaces,” they added.
It’s also noted that the construction phase of the project will be just six to eight weeks.
The site is also home to St Werburgh’s Well, which will be protected during construction works. The well is named after a sixth century Anglo-saxon abbess, who also has a church in Dublin named after her. Local tradition records that the water from the well was used as cure for the eyes. The well was reconstructed in 2011.