Demand and Feasibility Study for a New Innovation Centre in South Dublin

Client: South Dublin County Council

South Dublin has ambitious plans to become one of the leading locations in Ireland for innovative, technology-rich firms. South Dublin performs relatively well economically in comparison to the rest of Ireland and is home to a number of high profile international firms. However, the County is often overshadowed by neighbouring Dublin City, which dominates the innovation landscape in Ireland.

South Dublin County Council commissioned SQW, working alongside our sister firm Oxford Innovation, to undertake a feasibility assessment for the development of new innovation space in South Dublin and to recommend potential sites for the development, its operational model, design, and wider business support offer.

The study involved a comprehensive review of the innovation and enterprise ecosystem in South Dublin, analysis of secondary data on business demography and wider socio-economic indicators, consultations with key stakeholder from across South Dublin and beyond, an e-survey of local businesses to explore the scale and nature of potential demand, and detailed financial modelling.

Construction of the Innovation Centre began in March 2022.