€3m boost to transform Sandyford business area

by Aisling Kennedy

SANDYFORD business district will see more than €3 million invested in the business park over the next five years to improve the business district and provide more employment.
Planning permission has been granted for 2.3 million sq ft of additional office space in the business district with construction under way on some major projects.
In addition, plans for 600 apartments and a new international school have also been announced.
The funding for this large-scale expansion came from 1,000 companies based across the area’s four industrial parks as part of the new Sandyford Business Improvement District Council (SBID).
A spokesperson for SBID confirmed to The Gazette that all of the derelict office buildings in the Sandyford business district will be re-opened as part of this €3m investment, including the Sentinel Building.
The spokesperson said: “The Sentinel Building planning application has gone in for 294 office units. We expect the currently available premises either to be re-developed or occupied before the end of the year.”
Once the five-year development is completed it will employ a workforce in excess of 10,000 people which according to Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor is “a terrific example of what can be done when businesses work together, pro-actively, to enhance their value proposition to boost business with support from the local authority.”
With planning permission granted for the major new workspace volume and employees travelling to and from the SBID every day, Minister Mitchell-O’Connor addressed concerns about road traffic congestion and infrastructure in the area over the coming years.
She said: “I know that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has worked pro-actively to deliver key infrastructure in SBID over the past five years, including roadworks and, in recent times, the Leopardstown roundabout reconfiguration and link road.
“Future plans include the reconfiguration of the roundabout at the ESB and direct link road into SBID to help alleviate congestion and reduce journey times.”
She also added that ‘smarter’ travel is key to SBID’s plans, with improvements in cycle, walking routes, and further improvements planned.
The spokesperson for SBID also commented on the planned infrastructure works and told The Gazette: “Key infrastructure has been delivered in SBID over the last five years. All SBID stakeholders will be working closely with the relevant transport providers to ensure that all the additional staff needs will be met.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport told The Gazette that in terms of tackling public transport issues and traffic congestion around Sandyford, the Government last year adopted the NTA Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin area 2016-2035.
The spokesperson also detailed a raft of transport plans, including the added capacity driven by the Luas Cross City works, and proposals for Metro South.

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