DUBLIN AIRPORT WILL get 42,000 square metres of new office space after securing planning permission for four new office blocks.
DAA, which runs the airport, applied for permission to demolish buildings on the site to the north of Terminal 2, surrounding the former Aer Lingus Head Office building. That building has been taken over by ESB International in recent months.
The proposal, which An Bord Pleanala approved last week by a 2 to 1 majority, envisages the building of four six- and seven-storey office buildings on the site, with a 742-space multi-storey car park and a pavilion cafe and a raised pedestrian link from the central courtyard to the Terminal 2 multi-storey car.
It is estimated that a number of jobs could be created during the construction phase with a peak number of 400 workers on site. Once built, the offices are expected to house 2,838 direct employees. DAA says the plan has the potential to “contribute €1.3 billion annually to national output”.
The plan was approved after an objection by the Irish Airline Pilots Association to the original granting of permission by Fingal County Council.
Work is expected to begin on the first two buildings, comprising around half the floor space, and the public space this summer, with completion planned for next year. A new hotel near Terminal 2, which would be the fourth-largest in Ireland, is in the tendering stages and is set to open its doors in 2019.