Global connections: building a strong relationship with IDA

Arup has developed a strong relationship with IDA, the agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland, as part of a joint effort to attract and develop foreign investment locally.

In partnership with IDA, we have built relationships with a broad range of FDI (foreign direct investment) clients including Novartis, Pfizer, Merck, Dell, Stryker, Eli Lilly, IBM, EMC, HP and DePuy; helping them to establish their bases in Ireland.

Arup has a strong presence in the local commercial market and has engineered some of the country’s leading office space. Our work includes the first BREEAM Excellent certified building in Dublin, and the first major corporate office HQ in Ireland without traditional air conditioning. Google, Accenture and HSBC are just some of the global finance, legal and technology companies that occupy many of these buildings.

On-going relationships

Arup is committed to the process of supporting inward investment companies in their localisation of both their process and their people. We offer a relationship based approach, maintaining involvement throughout, up to and beyond the initial project delivery, whilst still offering excellent value for money.

The Novartis facility in Ringaskiddy was established in 1990 and employs over 700 personnel directly and indirectly. Arup has been planning consultants to Novartis Ringaksiddy since the original planning application in 1990. An alliance agreement was established in 2001 where Arup provides multi-disciplinary services for Novartis’s onsite project work covering civil and structural, architectural, HVAC, building services in non-process buildings, planning, environmental and construction management services.

'GloCAL' expertise

Our local expertise combined with our global reach places Arup in a unique position to partner with IDA to identify new opportunities for FDI and support companies at all stages of their investment in Ireland.

Following an energy utilisation feasibility report by Arup, EMC² decided to undertake a full retrofit project to implement energy saving technologies at the information technology and data centre site in Ovens, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, using free cooling technology systems.

EMC2’s Ireland Centre of Excellence invested €2.5m in the energy saving project which was commissioned by EMC2’s Real Estate & Facilities and designed and managed by Arup.


  • Front view of Eircom HQ. Credit: Gerry O´Leary

    Arup has become the local partner to guide new companies quickly and safely through every step in the establishment process.