Analog plans get green light

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK County Council has cleared the way for Analog Devices to begin the expansion of its new research and development facility in Raheen.

LIMERICK County Council has cleared the way for Analog Devices to begin the expansion of its new research and development facility in Raheen.

In a move which will see more than 260 jobs created - including some 100 permanent positions - the planning authority has moved fast to give the Boston-based semi-conductor manufacturer the green light.

According to the plans lodged at County Hall, Analog is seeking permission for a unit to house the 100 new staff who will be employed as part of a new research and development project.

The former M&Q plastic buildings, and the former Essilor building will shortly make way for a new 140,000 square foot facility providing office accommodation for design engineering staff, as well as associated laboratories, a canteen and other ancillary facilities.

The two-storey building will be adjoined with the main Analog Devices manufacturing centre via a bridge, while the plans also provide for increased car parking space, shrubbery and a high security fence.

The building will have large open plan office areas, cellular offices, meeting rooms, laboratories, and a large canteen.

The construction project is expected to cost in the region of €50m, and will create 168 much needed jobs in the construction industry.

A spokesperson for Analog Devices welcomed the fact that County Hall had acted so quickly to approve the €50m project.

“We are delighted to move to the next stage of the development of the planned R&D facility at our Limerick campus. We are happy to build on our 35 year heritage in Limerick through this continuing investment programme,” the spokesman told the Limerick Leader.