Planning permission has been granted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to transform the former ferry passenger terminal on St Michael’s Pier into the Harbour Innovation Campus, a digital technology hub which will be able to support up to 1,000 jobs.
Council planners have given the green light to a project by private investor Philip Gannon to lease the iconic building and invest more than €20m transforming it into a unique enterprise space.
At more than 7,000 sqm, the Harbour Innovation Campus will be the largest technology hub in Ireland and one of the top five in Europe. The outside will remain unchanged but inside, leading global companies will innovate and collaborate with start-ups, SMEs, academic institutions and state enterprise agencies to develop and apply advances in technology.
The result will be a one-stop shop for companies that want to rapidly apply advances in technologies such as IoT, blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, block chain, cyber security, data analytics and 5G, to sectors such as agriculture, health, finance, manufacturing and finance.