Sod turned on new Shannon Free Zone building

Sod turned on new Shannon Free Zone building

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Photo: Arthur Ellis

The sod was turned today on the site in the Shannon Free Zone Shannon Commercial Properties’ proposed €10 million state-of-the-art new office block.

The high-spec 55,000 sq ft facility, built to LEED (Leadership in energy and environmental design) Gold standards and located on the newly named Airport Avenue, is the first speculative new-build by Shannon Commercial

Properties, a Shannon Group Plc company. The build is part of a €25 million first phase redevelopment programme at the Free Zone.

Launched today by Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Pat Breen TD, the facility will be built to top international standards and is designed for FDI and Irish enterprises seeking high-end office space. In excess of 120 construction jobs will be sustained during construction.

Works to clear the site for the new state-of-the-art office block – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The site, located adjacent to Shannon Airport perimeter which was demolished ahead of this investment, work on which will be completed by in May of next year.  The versatile new building will comprise four 13,500 sq ft. floors and is suitable for single or multiple tenancies.

Minister Pat breen said: “This investment by Shannon Group, through its property arm Shannon Commercial. Properties, is not just for the Free Zone but for Co. Clare and, indeed, the entire Mid-West region. The state of the art facility will have the capacity to attract hundreds of jobs into the Shannon Free Zone.  Shannon Group and its property wing Shannon Commercial Properties are to be commended for making this investment, which has real potential as a location for inward investment.”

Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said: “Shannon Group is now established two and a half years and, with regard to our property portfolio, has hit the ground running with a range of investments, the latest of which is this office block.  Our objective is to deliver the type of investment that will facilitate major job creation, either from IDA clients or the indigenous sector.  Ireland remains an extremely attractive investment location and in a national context Shannon, not least because of the presence of an international airport, is a key asset. Our challenge prior to this has been a lack of appropriate facilities to fully capitalise on this opportunity but we are quickly addressing that through this and other investments.”

The main contractors for the works, Sammon Contacting Ireland Ltd, will commence work with immediate effect.   The design team comprises O’Neill-O’Malley Architects, Tobin Consulting Engineers, Lawlor Burns &

Associates project managers, Don O’Malley & Partners Consulting Engineers; Meehan Associates , Cuddy Quantity Surveyors.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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