Galway Technology Centre has submitted plans for a significant expansion to its offices and premises in Mervue
The Technology Centre is seeking planning permission for a four storey extension to the north end of the existing buildings in Mervue Business Park.
The 1,346sqm extension will deliver additional office space and meeting rooms, and the relocation of the electrical switch room and sub-station to the northeast corner of the site.
The proposed extension is connected to the existing office building at ground and first floors with minor alterations to the internal layout of the existing building.
Galway Technology Centre is jointly owned by Galway Chamber and WestBIC. It provides scale up space and supports to meet the needs of innovative ICT startups and entrepreneurs.
GTC was the first technology innovation centre in Ireland, originally founded in the mid-nineties following the closure of Digital Equipment Corporation’s Galway facility. At that time, Digital had been Galway’s largest employer.
The planning application for this extension states that it is needed to provide additional office space for new clients, and to “futureproof” the centre against changing business needs.
The need for additional office space around Galway grows year-on-year, it states, and in the past GTC has had to turn away potential clients due to a lack of space.
Galway City Council is due to make a decision on this planning application by December 16.
Last April, Galway Technology Centre announced plans to create 12,500 jobs over the next 15 years, as the €1.4 billion is invested in expanding over that time period.