US financial management software company Workday is to lodge plans with Dublin City Council in the coming days for its new EMEA headquarters here that will give the firm the capacity to increase its workforce here to 3,500.

In the plans, Workday Ltd is seeking a ten year planning permission for the office and mixed use scheme that is to include two office blocks with both blocks ranging from eight to 12 storeys in height at the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) at Grangegorman at Dublin 7.

The statutory planning notice states that the two blocks will comprise 51,955 sq metres and will include amenity terraces located at eigth and tenth floors.

Basement level will include a gym and wellness suite and the scheme will also provide for 564 bicycle parking spaces and 36 electric scooter charging stands.Workday - which currently employs over 1,800 here - first publicly announced its intention to construct new EMEA headquarters in Grangegorman in April 2022.

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources.

"Working closely with the Grangegorman Development Agency and having consulted a wide range of stakeholders, the company is now pleased to confirm that it has submitted a thoughtful and detailed planning application to Dublin City Council," a company spokesman said.

"Workday believes that the new proposed EMEA headquarters will enable it to grow its existing community partnerships, such as that with TU Dublin, create new jobs and generate further economic benefit to the local area."

He also said that the company "has a 15 year track record in Ireland, including eight years at its current headquarters in neighbouring Smithfield, and employs over 1,800 people in Dublin".

"Dublin has proven to be an excellent location to hire talented people and innovate in technology; Workday is planning for future growth, and the new proposed EMEA headquarters at Grangegorman will be central to that.Currently, Workday's employees are based across two offices: one in Smithfield, Dublin 7 and one in Dockline, Dublin 1," he added.

"It has always been the company’s hope to host all employees under one roof as collaboration is key to developing innovative software products. The proposed EMEA headquarters will enable Workday to do that and allow for further growth, with space for approximately 3,500 employees in total."

He said that subject to planning approvals, the company anticipates the earliest period that construction would commence as being September 2024.

The spokesman said that the new HQ "is a hugely significant investment which shows the company’s future commitment in Ireland and the potential it sees not only for the company itself, but also in terms of job creation, its multi-year partnership with TU Dublin and its work in STEM education with both the local community in Grangegorman and adjacent areas".

- Report by Gordon Deegan