Ovens a small but very attractive village located just west of Ballincollig and approximately 15kms from Cork city centre. Ovens is easily accessible via Junction 2 off the N22 Ballincollig by-pass, which was completed in 2005 and has been transformative for the area.
Ovens and neighbouring Killumney are small traditional country villages where the community is centre stage. Combined Ovens and Killumney provide a church, primary school, gastropub, GAA Club and a Co-Op Superstore. Ovens is also synonymous with DELL / EMC who occupy a 45 acre campus on the northern boundary of the subject site. DELL EMC are an exceptionally large employer with over 2,500 staff and are a significant contributor to the local economy not least in being a key driver of new house sales for their relatively young and high earning workforce. ISEQ listed CRH Roadstone are also another long established employer in the area.
Ballincollig lies just 5kms east of Ovens and has a population of 18,600. It is Cork’s largest town and offers a full array of amenities such as schools, library, cinema, bars and restaurants, a shopping centre with both Dunnes Stores and Tesco and the ever popular Regional Park which runs along the banks of the River Lee.
Cork is the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city but in size only with a population of c.220,000. Cork comes first in almost every other aspect, be it the cost of living, transport infrastructure, education, employment and quality of life.
Cork has a thriving economy backed by over 165 FDI employers in the ICT and Life Sciences sectors, along with indigenous industries linked to food production, services, manufacturing and tourism. Cork is home to the world’s largest company Apple Inc, who’s European Head Quarters has been based in Cork since the early 1980’s.
Cork is a University City and has a 3rd level student population of approx. 30,000 with most attending UCC or CIT. UCC is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and has significant expansion plans following a €240m funding package from the EIB. Investment will be made in a new business school, expansion of existing faculties and student accommodation.
Cork has a thriving tourism sector and in 2010 Lonely Planet recommended Cork as one of the top 10 cities to visit in the world. Cork also has excellent transport links and is only a 2.5 hour train journey or drive to Dublin. Cork International Airport was voted The Best Airport in Europe 2017 in the <5m passenger category and it also has one of the busiest ports in the country accounting for 20% of all seaborne cargo.
The National Planning Framework Strategy (Ireland 2040) sets out a clear vision for Cork to become the country’s fastest growing city over the next 20 years. The plan includes population growth of over 55% (+130,000) and multi-billion euro investment in core infrastructure and public facilities.