Microsoft receives approval to build huge Dublin HQ

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Tech titan Microsoft has been granted permission to build headquarters large enough to accommodate 2,000 employees in Leopardstown, Dublin.

The proposed office development over three hectares at South County Business Park is subject to 35 conditions set out by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, The Irish Times reported.

The deal includes an €8.3m fee to the council for parks, roads and public transport.

The new headquarters would feature four or five storeys over a two-level basement, a gym/leisure centre, an ESB sub-station, 558 cark parking spaces (with 343 on surface level), 24 motorcycle spaces and spots for bicycles.

The total gross floor area of the concrete structure is at 34,554 sq metres, according to The Irish Times.

Construction is expected to be finished in 2016.

Microsoft’s workforce in Ireland

More than 1,900 people work at Microsoft’s Irish operations in Dublin, spread across two buildings in the South County Business Park and another two buildings in the Sandyford Business Park.

The new headquarters would have all employees under one roof, Ossian Smyth, councillor for the Green Party, told The Irish Times.

“Microsoft wanted to get everyone in the same building so they could all work closer,” Smyth said.

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