Google has further expanded its property footprint in the Dublin Docklands, buying two new buildings from real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson.

Together South Bank House and The Warehouse will give the internet giant a further 81,500 sq ft of accommodation.

62,000 sq ft of that is in the 12-year-old South Bank House.

The other 19,500 sq ft will be in the three-storey 19th century Warehouse building to the rear of South Bank House which has been extensively refurbished.

Kennedy Wilson bought both properties five years ago and leased them to law firm Mason Hayes and Curran.

Both buildings are alongside Boland’s Quay, the massive mixed use development bought earlier this year by Google, which is due to be complete in just over a year’s time.

"Google continues to be committed to Ireland and our real estate presence and portfolio continues to grow to meet the needs of our business," said Joe Borrett, Director of Real Estate and Construction of Google.

Google has been rapidly adding to its property holdings in Dublin city centre to keep pace with its expanding workforce.

The firm now employs over 8,000 staff here, both directly and indirectly, with 1,000 of those joining the payroll in the past year alone.

Last month the firm celebrated 15 years in Ireland.