Google may buy office block in Dublin docklands

The search engine is in negotiations on a block at East Point Business Park

Google is in negotiations to buy an office block at East Point Business Park in the Dublin docklands where it already rents five buildings.

Block L extends to 3,716sq m (40,000sq ft) and is likely to be valued at about €10 million.

Paddy Conlon of agents CBRE, who acts for Google, said he was not in a position to make any comment.

Google occupies five buildings ranging in size from 2,972sq m (32,000sq ft) to 4,645sq m (50,000 sq ft). The largest of these, Block N, was recently leased at a rent of €18.50 per sq ft and €1,250 for car-parking spaces.


Should Google acquire Block L, it will mean that it will occupy six office buildings in East Point, the same number as the multinational software company Oracle. There are 37 office blocks in all in the park with an overall capacity of 426,720sq m (1.4 million sq ft).

Meanwhile, the first two office blocks developed in East Point in 2001 are sale agreed at €20 million, according to Weir Conway Chartered Surveyors. The net yield will be in the region of 6.4 per cent. The offices, known as blocks JK, have an overall floor area of 5,878sq m (63,272sq ft) and have been owned by the same group of investors since they were built inside the entrance to the park with expansive views over Clontarf Bay. A recent feasibility study has shown that an additional 20,000 to 35,000 sq ft of office space could be added to the three-storey block JK by erecting a further floor on top of the building and by extending the floor plates to the rear.

Arvato Finance Services occupied the offices as sub-tenants from 2008 and in 2015 negotiated a new 15-year full repairing and insuring lease with the owners starting last April.

The headline rent of €1.4 million works out at €215 per sq m (€20 per sq ft) along with €1,000 per car-parking space. Some recent lettings in the park have been settled at €242 per sq m (€22.50 per sq ft) while car-parking spaces are now valued at €1,500.

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the former commercial-property editor of The Irish Times