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An Taoiseach Opens Linked-In HQ – Designed by RKD Architects

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017

LinkedIn’s new 6,000 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ at Wilton Place, Dublin was officially opened by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald on Monday 18th of September 2017.  The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA, and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland, which has increased from three employees to 1,200 in just seven years.
The five-storey building is designed by RKD Architects who viewed the project as a collaboration between its design team and LinkedIn staff. It has been designed to create opportunities for LinkedIn staff and visitors to socialise, collaborate and exchange ideas. Some of the fantastic facilities include a music studio, a high-end gym and fitness studio, a restaurant, coffee bar, an expansive roof terrace, and a games room. RKD have also been behind the new Microsoft Ireland Dublin Campus.
A number of Irish companies were involved in the building works including Walls Construction, and at the height of the construction, which was completed in two years, the project saw 360 workers on site every day.
Speaking at opening ceremony, an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: "This new EMEA HQ is the first such building outside the United States for LinkedIn and is a strong endorsement of the Government's economic and job creation strategy because it reaffirms that Ireland is the perfect location for investment”.
Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland, commented: “With our new EMEA HQ in the heart of Dublin, we have an office that we are proud to call home, and we are honoured that An Taoiseach and An Tánaiste were able to join us for this landmark moment for our growth in Ireland. The level of our investment reflects our commitment to Ireland and the great work our amazing team in Dublin does every day.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland, added: “LinkedIn’s ability to grow its team in Dublin at such an impressive rate in recent years is a great endorsement of the talented workforce in the region. The significant investment in the construction and fit out of this new EMEA HQ is a clear demonstration of LinkedIn’s long-term commitment to Ireland.”
Linkedin’s Dublin operation serves the entire EMEA region supporting customers and members across two continents. The workforce includes 800 people from 55 nations, in functions including sales, marketing, customer service, finance, analytics and engineering.

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