Google spreads to the suburbs as it reaches 7,000 workers in Dublin

13 Feb 2018

‘Sandyford is that way.’ From left: Gareth Morgan, vice-president of Google Cloud sales; An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD; and Fionnuala Meehan, vice-president and head of Google in Dublin. Image: Robbie Reynolds

Google signs a lease for office space in Sandyford.

Just days after setting up shop in its newest site – the Velasco building on Dublin’s Grand Canal – Google is moving deeper into Dublin’s southside.

It seems the tech giant is bursting at the seams and has now about 7,000 permanent and contract employees in Dublin.

It has now emerged that Google has signed a 52,900 sq ft lease for office space in Sandyford in south Dublin, signalling a move beyond Silicon Docks and its traditional feifdom of Barrow Street.

Actually, this isn’t exactly something new for Google as it has offices in East Point, for example, but it nevertheless does show a willingness to spread to Dublin’s edges.

Enterprise and cloud business growth

The development comes on the heels of Google last week officially opening the 51,000 sq ft Velasco building on the corner of Grand Canal Street and Clanwilliam Place in Dublin, bringing total investment by Google in Ireland to €809m.

The Velasco building, which was opened last week by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, will serve as a home to Google’s growing enterprise and cloud teams in Dublin. The teams will play a strategic role in helping to grow Google’s cloud and enterprise business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Velasco will also be home to an Advanced Solutions Lab where Google Cloud’s enterprise customers can co-create and develop customised solutions for their business on-site in conjunction with Google Cloud experts.

The location in Sandyford represents the furthest move yet for Google from its city centre power base.

Google will take 52,900 sq ft of space at Kennedy Wilson’s ‘The Chase’ development where it will be neighbours to Mars and ServiceSource, a provider of outsourced B2B solutions.

The Sandyford office will be Google’s eighth building to be occupied in Dublin.

Updated, 10.04am, 13 February 2018: This article was updated to clarify that ServiceSource is a provider of outsourced B2B solutions, not a recruitment firm.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years