Workday seeks permission for two office blocks in Grangegorman

Financial software giant plans to build new HQ in Dublin

US financial management software company Workday has lodged plans with Dublin City Council for its new EMEA headquarters here.

The proposal would give the firm the capacity to increase its workforce here to 3,500.

In the plans, Workday Ltd is seeking a 10-year planning permission for the scheme that is to include two office blocks from eight to 12 storeys high at the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) at Grangegorman at Dublin 7.

The statutory planning notice states that the two blocks will comprise 51,955sq m and include amenity terraces located at the eight and 10th floors.


The basements will include a gym and wellness suite and the scheme will also provide for 564 bicycle parking spaces and 36 electric scooter charging stands.

Workday – which currently employs more than 1,800 here – first publicly announced its intention to construct new EMEA headquarters in Grangegorman in April 2022.

“Working closely with the Grangegorman Development Agency and, having consulted a wide range of stakeholders, the company is now pleased to confirm that it has submitted a thoughtful and detailed planning application to Dublin City Council,” a company spokesman said on Wednesday. “Workday believes that the new proposed EMEA headquarters will enable it to grow its existing community partnerships, such as that with TU Dublin, create new jobs and generate further economic benefit to the local area.”

“Dublin has proven to be an excellent location to hire talented people and innovate in technology; Workday is planning for future growth, and the new proposed EMEA headquarters at Grangegorman will be central to that,” the spokesman added.

Currently, Workday’s employees are based across two offices: one in Smithfield, Dublin 7, and one in Dockline, Dublin 1.

Subject to planning approvals “the company anticipates the earliest period that construction would commence as being September 2024”, the spokesman said.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times