Derry is close to receiving 300 new high paying jobs should a newly proposed state-of-the-art Grade ‘A’ office tower be built at Ebrington, Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has revealed.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ ahead of launching the Creative Industries Hub in Ebrington this afternoon, the Deputy First Minister confirmed that plans were now well advanced for a multi-storey tower block housing ‘Grade A’ office accommodation.
Mr. McGuinness explained that an anchor tenant had been identified for the newly proposed office tower and provided everything goes according to plan, hundreds of new jobs could be created in Derry.
“I’m delighted to be launching the Creative industries Hub at Ebrington which, in itself, is creating over 30 jobs and is
just the latest stage in the transformation of the Ebrington site,” declared Mr. McGuinness.
The proposed multi-storey tower block would provide 70,000 square feet of office space and will be modelled on the City Quays One Block in Belfast.
“Ebrington has already established itself as one of the finest civic spaces you will find anywhere on these islands or even further afield. The challenge now is to ensure that it also becomes a hub for job creation and economic regeneration.
“In order to do that, we need to provide the accommodation and plans are now well-advanced between my department and other key stakeholders with a view to constructing a multi-storey block on the enabling platform on top of the Ebrington underground car park.
“I believe this will be an iconic new build on the city’s skyline and will provide much-needed Grade ‘A’ office accommodation, of the type needed to attract high quality investors and jobs into the city.”
Mr. McGuinness also confirmed that a potential anchor tenant had already been identified and talks were at an advanced stage.
“We are in detailed discussions with a leading international company who are keen to take at least two floors of the new building, becoming its anchor tenant,” he said.
“This company already has a presence in the city but they require significant additional accommodation in a city centre location if they are to increase their workforce in line with their plans. This is a company which has already created over 45 high paying jobs in Derry. They intend to bring almost 300 jobs when they locate to Ebrington.
“Even more exciting is the fact that they are also considering establishing the city as its European headquarters which would mean the potential for hundreds more high-quality jobs.”