The contract for the construction of the third Advance Building Solution at IDA Butlerstown Business Park has been awarded to JJ Rhatigan & Company and is due to start on site in the coming weeks, according to Fine Gael Senator John Cummins.
Planning permission was granted to IDA Ireland by Waterford City and County Council for the third such Advanced Building Solution consisting of 40,000sqft office and light industrial/production space; vehicular and pedestrian entrance, signage, new timber post and rail site boundaries, car parking, cycle shelters, landscaping, a gas skid, underground storage tank, ESB substation, switch room, access road and all associated site works.
Senator Cummins said “This welcome news has been confirmed to me by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and comes on the back of the latest data which shows that state supported employment in Waterford through IDA client companies has surged by 70% since 2011 to 8,868. In the last six months of 2021 alone, 600 jobs were announced by five companies, Bausch & Lomb, Tegus, Infosys BPM, Repligen and Horizon Therapeutics. Indeed these latter two companies are now located within the first two Advance Buildings which were developed by IDA at Butlerstown which underscores the importance of having purpose built solutions in place to attract companies”.
He added “Since my election to Seanad Eireann, I have been working very closely with Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar to emphasise the importance of job creation in Waterford and the wider South East region. This third advance building solution has been a priority of mine over several months and I’m delighted to see a contractor appointed, whom I understand is due to start on site in the coming weeks. The build programme for the property is circa 13 months.
“I want to see Waterford and the South Eastcontinue to benefit from more and better jobs. To do that we need to ensure we have readymade building solutions for prospective EI and IDA client companies. That is why projects like the North Quays are so important in terms of city centre office space and advance building solutions such as this at IDA Butlerstown Business Park are really welcome. I would like to see work commence without delay on the next advance building solution and I will be engaging with the Tánaiste and the IDA in this regard” Cummins concluded.