Demand and Feasibility Study for Innovation Space in South Dublin


South Dublin County Council has ambitious plans to increase the number of innovative start-ups in the county, building on the Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs and Dublin Regional Enterprise Strategy. In this context, the Council commissioned SQW, working alongside Oxford Innovation and Full Circle Management Solutions, to undertake a study to assess the demand for, and feasibility of, new innovation space in South Dublin.

Through speaking to local stakeholders, and building a robust evidence base on the demand for innovation space, the study recommended two options to be taken forward in the County, as part of a phased approach:

  • A 3,000 sq m centre at the FDI-focused Grange Castle Business Park, building on the site's success to date in attracting high quality FDI projects to the area
  • Another 3,000 sq m centre in Tallaght, complementing existing facilities and innovation assets such as the Institute of Technology Tallaght, the existing Synergy incubation centre, Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin Medical School, with these together having the potential to form the nucleus of a new innovation district at the heart of Tallaght.

The study recommended that both facilities should comprise high quality, flexible business accommodation, with amenities including meeting space, a cafeteria and ultrafast broadband. The study emphasised the importance of a supportive innovation ecosystem around the centres, including tailored business support, networking opportunities, and a strong vision and leadership from the team delivering the facilities. Together these provide an exciting opportunity to drive the next phase of South Dublin's economic growth, building on the County's existing and emerging strengths in life sciences and digital technologies.

For more information regarding the project, please contact SQW's Project Director, Luke Delahunty.

Download the full report here.