WeWork ‘just get­ting started’ in Dublin as it plans a sixth of­fice

Irish Independent - Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - Adrian Weck­ler

THE co-work­ing firm WeWork is to an­nounce a sixth Dublin premises, mak­ing the Ir­ish cap­i­tal its most in­vested in city in Europe.

The 14-storey build­ing on Charlemont Street is tipped to host Ama­zon as an an­chor client, as first re­vealed in the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent in July.

It will house 2,600 ‘mem­bers’, adding to the 5,000 free­lancers, en­trepreneurs and startup founders us­ing the com­pany’s three open lo­ca­tions around the city.

WeWork re­cently an­nounced that the old Cen­tral Bank on Dublin’s Dame Street would be its next lo­ca­tion, with an­other due on Har­court Street.

Speak­ing to the

WeWork’s gen­eral man­ager for the UK and Ire­land, Leni Zneimer, said that the US com­pany may add more build­ings in Dublin.

“We al­ways want to test the bound­aries of a city’s max­i­mum,” she said.

“We never try to cap it as at a cer­tain num­ber, so there isn’t a cap in sight. We’re just get­ting started.”

She said that the com­pany, which re­ceived a fund­ing top-up of $3bn (€2.6bn) last week from Soft­bank, be­lieves in in­vest­ing “deep” into a city be­fore mov­ing to oth­ers.

“It points to our con­fi­dence in Dublin and our com­mit­ment to the city as a whole,” she said. “The Iveagh Court, for ex­am­ple, is com­pletely full. So I’d say watch this space.”

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