Ryanair’s six-storey HQ ex­pan­sion to house 750 staff

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY JOHN MUL­LI­GAN

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.

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