Kerry Group Breaks Ground on New Technology & Innovation Centre in Ireland


Construction has begun on Kerry Group's Global Technology & Innovation Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 40 miles southwest of Dublin. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), the Innovation Centre will consolidate international business operations from 12 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the company's Ingredients & Flavours division serving the food and beverage industries.

"Kerry is a global leader in developing integrated solutions that enhance food company's product lines," said Rick Hombsch, PE, vice president and principal with HGA. "The Innovation Centre will allow Kerry to increase research and development by promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration. This will be a place where research, consumer insight, culinary development and marketing come together to deliver new solutions-faster."

Modeled on Kerry's Technology & Innovation Center in Beloit, Wisconsin (which HGA completed in 2009), the 250,000-square-foot facility for approximately 900 employees includes an interconnected Administrative Office Building, Customer Application & Development Suites, Research & Development Labs and Pilot Plant.

"Throughout the planning process, we considered both the customer experience and employee experience to foster a culture of community across work groups," said Paula Verboomen, AIA, lead project designer with HGA. "There is a complex flow of people, materials and processes throughout the space. Through Lean space utilization studies, we simplified the workflow to maximize square footage and increase productivity. Designed for a variety of work styles, work areas are technology-rich and allow mobility, productivity and variety."