JCD Group, the commercial property company, has announced plans to create new data centres in Little Island, Cork. The company hopes the data centres will attract multinationals, and it believes that the project will create 150 new jobs for the area.
Data centres to compete with Dublin
JCD is investing €200m to redevelop the former Mitsui Denman site into a technology campus. It is hoped that this will allow Cork to compete with Dublin and attract multinationals to the area. While Dublin has long been the destination of choice for large corporations, that has been changing in recent times. US multinationals Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft have invested over €2 billion in the capital. However, companies have been looking further afield and investing outside of Dublin. Apple is creating a data centre in Galway, while Facebook has planned an investment in Meath.
Planning permission for the new technology campus is due to be finalised in a matter of weeks. Should permission be granted, it would transform the 32-acre site to offer over 275,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art data centre accommodation.
In addition to the 150 data centre jobs the development should support, hundreds of construction jobs will created during the build phase.