The new 25,000sq-ft Advance Technology Building just completed at the Butlerstown Technology Park has already attracted considerable interest, IDA CEO Martin Shanahan told John when the Agency appeared before the Public Accounts Committee.
With associated car parking, site services, landscaping and related works, the Waterford facility has been designed to achieve LEED Silver CS accreditation* and was completed on target.
The building consists of a combination of ancillary office space over two floors which will be fit out to include raised access floors, suspended ceilings, lighting, heating, air conditioning, finished toilets and common areas as well as related M&E services.
The production/warehouse space will be completed to shell & core level and a c. 7m eaves height. The site of just under one hectare also provides space for expansion.
Announced in April 2014, the €1.8 million project, and a similar one in Athlone, represented the first IDA-funded and managed property solution for the marketplace since the early 1980s; an intervention owing to the absence of available private funding.
The investments were supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, as are another nine planned over the next five years, including another advance facility in Waterford due to come on stream in 2017 as part of a €150m IDA property solutions programme, comprising both office and manufacturing units, to attract foreign direct investment into the regions.