Facebook developers move next-door to Google

Google Ireland may soon have some new neighbours at their headquarters on Barrow Street.

Ellier Developments, the property development company behind the development of Facebook’s Irish headquarters at Hanover Reach in Dublin’s Docklands, have purchased the cut-stone mill which stands beside Google’s ultra-modern offices.

The mill was first listed for sale in April of last year, with an initial asking price of €1.5 million. Ellier Developments, controlled by the property investment duo of Francis Rhatigan and Chris Jones, eventually acquired the site for €1.2 million. The two businessmen had great success during the years of the property boom, purchasing and developing both residential and commercial properties. Most notable amongst their ventures was the building and sale of hundreds of houses in Ballycullen, Dublin 24.

Ellier Developments have requested planning permission to convert the mill into space for offices. Currently, planning permission exists for sixteen apartments at the site, four on each of the mill’s four levels, with a car parking area situated in the basement. The building has a total floor space of almost 10,000 square feet. Access to each floor is provided by a glazed extension, fitted with both a lift and a stairs.

The cut-stone mill was originally built by Boland’s, who used it primarily as a grain store. Alan Moran, who handled the sale for property consultants CBRE, described the mill as a “truly unique property attached to a truly unique property.”

Eric Hillis