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Dublin film studios given green light as South Dublin Council sanctions €26.4m land sale
12 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Grange Castle Business Park in Dublin 22. (Credit: Ben Ryan Photography)
South Dublin County Councillors have voted in favour of selling the 48-acres site at Grange Castle Business Park to Lens Media Ltd, who intends to construct Ireland’s largest film and TV studios.

Backed by producer Alan Moloney (Siege of Jadotville, Brooklyn), Windmill Lane founder James Morris, and Oscar-nominated producer Gary Levinsohn (Saving Private Ryan, 12 Monkeys), Lens Media Ltd. has submitted plans to build Ireland’s first full-service media park that will include 12 sound stages. The development is also expected to have 100,000sq. ft. of workspace alongside an additional 100,000sq. ft. of office space.

A spokesperson for Lens Media said; “The Grange Castle Media Park will be a world-class facility. Its size and specification will help to propel Ireland into a major world-class player in the screen creative industries, creating thousands of long term and sustainable jobs for Dublin, and all over the country, as we re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic”.

The company intends to make an initial investment of €125 million towards the development of the media park, which is expected to generate between 1,200 and 1,500 during the construction phase. Following completion, it is estimated that the park will provide 1,800 direct jobs and a further 1,800 ancillary roles.

Speaking on the decision, Councillor Vicki Casserly, Mayor of South Dublin County, said; "This initial €125,000,000 investment by Lens Media into developing Ireland’s first media park at Grange Castle Business Park once again highlights South Dublin County’s ability to attract global leaders in enterprise. The economic impact of this decision will be enormous in terms of jobs created and the revenue this will generate for South Dublin County Council to reinvest in the County."

Frank Nevin, Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development of South Dublin County Council, said; “This investment in Grange Castle Business Park will greatly enhance the existing site and deliver thousands of jobs during the construction phase and the operation of the media park itself. We are delighted to welcome Lens Media to Grange Castle to join Google, Microsoft, Pfizer and many more world-class companies.”

The new film studios site in Dublin 22 is located beside a number of multinationals such as Google, Microsoft, and Pfizer who operate out of Grange Castle.

Moloney and Morris were previously involved in cross party-endorsed plans to make Dublin Bay Studios on 18 acres of land at the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone in 2017.

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