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Microsoft to build Mega HQ in Leopardstown subject to levy

Us computer giant Microsoft has been granted permission to build new headquarters in Leopardstown in Dublin to accommodate up to 2,000 staff, subject to €8m council levy.

The proposed office development on a three-hectare site at South County Business Park on Leopardstown Road would have to meet 35 conditions set out by the council’s planning department.

The total gross floor area of the concrete structure is at 34,554 sq.m. There would be 558 car parking spaces, with 343 on surface level. The basement would also include 24 motorcycle spaces and bicycle spots.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council seeks funds for parks, roads and public transport. If permission is granted, the development will commence in late 2014 and be fully operational in two years.