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New Microsoft Campus will create 150 Construction Jobs

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New Microsoft Campus will create 150 Construction Jobs

Thursday, March 05, 2015 

New Microsoft Campus will create 150 Construction Jobs

Microsoft Ireland marked its 30th anniversary in Ireland by announcing details of a new €134 million campus-style building, to be located at the South County Business Park in Leopardstown, Co Dublin.

150 new construction jobs will be created over the two-year build period.

The new campus will, for the first time ever, bring Microsoft’s 1,200-strong Irish team together under one roof. This means that engineers, developers, finance and operations professionals – as well as the sales, marketing and services teams – will work alongside each other.

The campus investment is the latest in a series of large infrastructural commitments that Microsoft has made in Ireland over its 30-year history here. The total amount invested by the company to date is in the region of €1 billion.

Microsoft Ireland’s managing director Cathriona Hallahan spoke of the company’s continual investment in Ireland, referencing its growth from a small manufacturing facility with fewer than 100 people in 1985 to today’s announcement. “We’ve a strong track record of continual investment in Ireland. Dublin is now home to a number of European and global teams and groups, as well as to the first Data Centre located outside the United States – a facility that has grown rapidly over the past five years. The €134million investment in a modern home for our team underpins our long-term commitment to Ireland,” she concluded.

The new campus will be located in a wooded setting, backing on to Leopardstown Racecourse. The building will take advantage of its sylvan surroundings by having a running and walking trail around the perimeter of the site, as well as rooftop terraces looking over the trees to the race track on one side and the mountains on the other. The building will showcase the best of Microsoft’s technology with plans to integrate and embed the company’s latest technology and cloud solutions in every aspect of the building’s design.


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