Apple to significantly expand its Cork operations with new offices for up to 1,300 workers

Apple today announced a major expansion of its campus in Cork housing plans for a new four-storey building that could house up to 1,300 workers.

Apple said the new facility will allow the tech giant to expand the range of services it currently operates in Cork, including manufacturing, logistics, finance, sales and customer support.

The company has operated from Cork for over 40 years and currently employs 6,000 people at offices in Hollyhill, Lavitt’s Quay and Horgan’s Quay. This new expansion will add to Apple’s existing facilities and the company will retain its office space in Cork city centre.

The proposed new office building will be located in the existing Apple parking garage and will connect to an existing office building known as ‘HH4’ to the southeast via an elevated link corridor.

New surface parking is proposed on the land north of David McCarthy Road to accommodate the relocation of displaced parking spaces.

The irish examiner reported last month that Apple was planning a significant expansion of its Hollyhill operations with a 10-hectare plot of land identified by Cork City Council as suitable for divestment to the IDA.

According to the planning request, the new building will have four floors above a semi-basement for offices, meeting rooms, staff welfare areas and services.

Pending planning approval, construction on the site could begin later this year and be completed in 2025.

The facility will also include employee shuttles and common green spaces and will run on 100% renewable energy with solar panels integrated into all new structures.

Cathy Kearney, Apple’s vice president of European operations, said of Apple’s expansion plans: “We’ve called Cork home for more than 40 years and are delighted to accelerate our investments here as we grow our team and expand our campus. “.

“We’re proud to be part of the community here, and with this new project, we’ll continue to create new jobs, support local organizations and drive innovation on behalf of our customers.”

Apple has invested €250 million in its Cork facility in the last five years. Last month it opened a new multimillion-dollar testing and engineering facility in the former Banta warehouse complex that will test and analyze Apple products for the whole of Europe.

Speaking after today’s announcement, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it was a strong endorsement of Ireland as a prime location for leading global technology companies to successfully establish and grow their operations.

“Apple was a technology pioneer when they set up operations in Cork and their presence here gave, and continues to give, confidence to many more global technology companies to set up shop in Ireland. It is very encouraging to see them continue to invest in their Cork site,” he said.

‘Fantastic’ vote of confidence in Cork

Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney has described Apple’s expansion in Cork as a “fantastic” vote of confidence in the city.

He said that it is really quite an extraordinary campus that has been built there to world standard and excellence.

He said the commitment to Cork, by the world’s largest company, reflected how attractive and competitive a place Ireland is for the world’s largest company to expand and grow its global business.

“And there’s no one bigger than Apple to remind us of that,” he said, speaking alongside US Congressman Richard Neal, who is in Dublin with a cross-party House delegation.

“Fantastic, I mean, what a story we were talking about on the transatlantic economy, and I was explaining to Chairman Neal this, you know, Apple employs 6,000 people in Cork right now,” Coveney said.

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