Council sells land for development of €125m film studios

by Gazette Reporter

South Dublin County Council has agreed the sale of 48 acres at Grange Castle Business Park for a media campus and film studios.

Elected members of the local authority voted unanimously in favour of selling to Lens Media Limited for the construction of Ireland’s first full-service media park.

The sale of the site will generate €26.4m for the local authority to reinvest in infrastructure and services across South Dublin County.

Lens Media Ltd plans to develop a media park with 12 sound stages, 100,000sqft of workshop space and another 100,000sqft of office space.

The construction of the large-scale project at Grange Castle between Clondalkin and Newcastle is expected to generate between 1,200 and 1,500 jobs.

Lens Media will initially invest €125m in developing the park which will provide around 1,800 direct jobs once complete.

Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Vicki Casserly, said: “The economic impact of this decision will be enormous in terms of jobs created and the revenue this will generate for South Dublin County Council to reinvest.”

Lens Media is backed by former Windmill Lane founder James Morris, film and TV producer Alan Moloney (The Clinic) and US producer Gary Levinson, who was nominated for an Oscar for the hit war movie Saving Private Ryan.

The company joins Google, Microsoft, Pfizer and a number of other multinational companies at the Grange Castle campus.

A spokesperson for Lens Media said: “The Grange Castle Media Park will be a world-class facility.

“Its size and specification will help to propel Ireland into a major player in the screen creative industries, creating thousands of long term and sustainable jobs for Dublin, and all over the country, as we re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”

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