Manufacturing company submits plans for R&D centre in Galway

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Ingersoll Rand industrial manufacturing company has submitted plans for a new research and development building in Galway city.

A planning application has been submitted to the city council for the construction of a new 1,117sq metre facility next to the company’s Thermo King manufacturing plant on the Monivea road.

The project would consists of a new two-storey office building with research laboratories.

Other work involved in the develop includes a test yard to the rear, car parking, and associated works.

In the application Simon J Kelly Architects say that the new office and laboratory facilities are needed to accommodate the growing research group in Galway.

This development is anticipated as being closely linked with the nearby manufacturing facility.

“The primary goal being to expand engineering capabilities to improve product development in terms of quality, delivery, and cost,” the design statement states.

The Thermo King plant in Galway manufactures builds refrigerated trucks and trailers for a wide range of industries.

Over 500 people are employed by Thermo King operations here in Galway.

This new research and development building is on land zoned for Enterprise, Industrial, and Related uses in Mervue Industrial Estate.

It will include office space for 60-72 employees with two laboratories that open directly out onto the test yard.

Submissions can be made to the city council by the public until March 20, and a final decision is due on this application for planning permission by April 10.