By Noel Dundon
The announcement of a proposal to construct a 12 million Euro business park at the Racecourse Road, Thurles has this week been welcomed as a major confidence boost to the future viability of the town and it’s environs.
Racecourse Business Park , a multi-facetted retail, office, medical and warehouse type project in two adjoining lots, has been put forward by the Europlan Group - a company founded in 1990 by Clonmel based Michael McGarry and Michael Campbell, who developed the state-of-the-art Ard Gaoithe Business Park in Clonmel along similar lines.
Outline planning permission has been granted for an exceptional, custom designed, 3,720 sq metre three story building to incorporate retail on the ground floor, plus two floors suited to a variety of uses including office, medical unit, educational facility etc. The property is available to purchase or long term lease with local auctioneer Mr John M Glesson, Cathedral Street, Thurles, looking after this end of the proposal.
Full planning permission has been granted for the 2,325 sq metre industrial/warehouse building which will incorporate custom sized units varying from 3000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft. State of the art modular design and construction allows this building to be highly adaptable and suited to a variety of uses including variable-sized incubator industrial units, light manufacturing, warehousing, storage depot etc. Again, this property is for sale, or long term lease.
“This is a very exciting development for Thurles and certainly fills a void in the local market. In this day and age it is very positive to see a developer willing to build something that the town actually needs and that will be a catalyst for further commercial activities in the region.The investment signifies a lot of confidence in the market and the flexibility of both buildings makes it very attractive for people to come along and purchase their own space, either for investment or use,” Mr John M Gleeson told The Tipperary Star.
Extensive consultation has been undertaken prior to the announcement of this project with LIT Tipperary giving it it’s full support. The development will not be at variance with the business park currently under construction on campus. Rather it will compliment LIT Tipperary as well as the closeby Bawntameena Technology Park.
Planners gave the Racecourse Business Park the thumbs up after a comprehensive planning process and have seen something in the development which could have a very positive impact on the locality.
“There is nothing like this in Thurles at the present time and planners have decided that this area of the town is where development should happen. It is strategically located and when you see what a similar development by the same company did for Clonmel Town, it can only be a positive proposal for Thurles as well,” Jonathan Gleeson added.
Of course Thurles has always touted it’s excellent location as being of major benefit to potential investors. Located just four miles off the M8, Dublin - Cork motorway, and with direct rail access, the town boasts many advantages to anyone thinking of establishing business. It also has a very important and much heralded educational hub with St Patrick’s College and LIT Tipperary complimenting the wonderful primary and secondary education opportunities locally.
Both buildings will be constructed within six months of commencement and will offer huge flexibility to potential owners/tenants. The overall park will be fully serviced with 3-phase power, sewerage, water, telecom etc and will be fully landscaped.
The project is being fully backed by Thurles Chamber of Commerce with President Mr Austin Broderick describing it as a great opportunity to provide vital infrastructure for the town.
“Anything that can help business in Thurles or help bring people into the town has the backing of the Chamber. We feel that the Racecourse Business Park is a tremendous project which is close to the town centre and adjoining the Stakelums Retail Park. It is very well located and is a great concept,” Mr Broderick said.