IDA’S BUTLERSTOWN HOPES

“Discussions ongoing” to secure client for Advanced Technology Building

Dermot Keyes reports

IDAHopes of landing a tenant at the IDA’s custom-built Advanced Technology Building (ATB) at Butlerstown are high, with IDA Chief Executive Martin Shanahan adamant that the facility is attracting “considerable interest”.
In a statement to The Munster Express, a spokesperson said that “discussions are ongoing” with potential clients about setting up shop at the 25,000-square foot facility.
While the “building is being actively marketed by our Property Division…for reasons of client confidentiality, such information is not divulged by IDA,” a spokesperson added.
The facility was developed as an “advanced property solution” to cater for a range of sectors, and was designed “to meet the future requirements of IDA client companies across the full spectrum of manufacturing and technology activities”.
While it’s been speculated that would-be clients have opted to establish businesses elsewhere in Munster over the past year, Martin Shanahan told Waterford TD John Deasy (FG) that there was considerable interest in the facility from several firms.
Addressing Deputy Deasy at a Public Accounts Committee session on February 12th, Mr Shanahan stated that he hopes to “see some activity” in relation to the Butlerstown facility soon.
“The building layout has taken account of the requirement of potential end users for flexibility by creating open plan office areas with the potential for subdivision,” the spokesperson added. “The rear open plan production area offers flexibility for large scale open plan use but also offers the potential to subdivide or introduce cellular spaces.” The one-acre site “also provides space for expansion”.

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