Green light for the new 118 million euro Penneys distribution center

Kildare County Council has given the green light for a new € 118 million Primark distribution center for Newbridge that will provide 482 full-time and temporary jobs.

The All Penneys Distribution Center in Great Connell, Newbridge will employ 212 people when operational.

This adds to the 270 flagship construction workforce for the project.

The documents filed with the application stated that the estimated capital expenditure of € 118 million for the project includes € 43 million of construction costs for the construction of the base by the applicant, Barola Capital DAC, which is the real estate investment arm. by Primark.

An additional 75 million euros is to be spent by Primark on interior fitting and equipment for the semi-automatic center.

Outlining the scope of the plan, the Kildare County Council attached a condition to the permit requiring Primark Company to pay 3.97 million euros in planning development grants.

A report by a Kildare County Council town planner recommended granting planning permission after stating that the proposal is acceptable in principle due to Newbridge’s “key city” status and that the proposal will increase employment in the city. .

One of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, Primark operates 36 Penneys stores in Ireland.

Schematic architects, TODD Architects – who designed Titanic Belfast – told the Council that the uniqueness of the internal specifications required for such automation at the distribution center “would make the unit one of the most advanced distribution centers in Europe. “.

The proposal did not raise any objections from third parties. Instead, Murphy International Ltd’s chief executive, John G. Murphy, wrote to the board offering his company’s support for the proposal.

The civil engineering company owns land adjacent to the scheme from which it operates its headquarters.

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“Primark is an international retail company and their presence here, along with Lidl, KDP Ireland and Pfizer, will ensure Newbridge’s continued economic growth and help attract future investment to the region,” Murphy said in a letter.

He said the proposed development will be a welcome addition to the construction of these lands, contributing to the consolidation of the business park and increasing local job opportunities.

The planning documents filed with the application stated that in addition to direct employment, there will be significant off-site employment and economic activity associated with the supply of building materials and the provision of services such as professional firms providing financial, architectural, engineering, legal and a range of other professional project services.

The project includes a distribution warehouse of 64,550 square meters and the office space is almost as large as 62,925 square meters.

The proposed distribution center, located 1.5km east of the town of Newbridge and 1.9km west of junction 11 of the M7 motorway, will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The site, which will have a capacity of 110 parking spaces per truck, is bordered by Newbridge South Orbital Relief Rd.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) presented with the scheme stated that Primark’s existing distribution center located 2km from the proposed development site uses an “outdated and inefficient” logistics system.

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