Sisk to build €330m pharma factory in Co. Kerry


Sisk has been awarded the contract for a major new pharmaceutical facility in Ireland. 

Credit: Sisk.
Credit: Sisk.

Pharmaceutical company Astellas hired the contractor as construction manager for the €330 million fill-finish production facility, which will be constructed at the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee, County Kerry. 

Kerry County Council granted a 10-year planning permission to Astellas in December last year. 

The project is expected to create 600 construction jobs over the course of the build, and the first phase of the development is scheduled to be operational by Q3 2027. 

Around 100 science, engineering and technology roles are also expected to be created at the facility. 

A ‘ground breaking’ ceremony was recently held to mark construction starting in the coming weeks. 

Donal McCarthy, COO, data, life sciences & tech, Sisk, said: “Sisk is delighted to be appointed as construction manager for Astellas in County Kerry.  

“We look forward to beginning construction works on site and working with key local stakeholders and supply chain partners to deliver a sustainable building and leaving a lasting legacy in Tralee and the wider community.” 

Louis Collins, executive director, Kerry operations, Astellas, added: “This marks an important milestone in our commitment to expanding our production capacity and capabilities.  

“We’re looking forward to working with Sisk to bring this project to life and contribute to our global mission of ensuring a stable supply of high-quality medicines to patients worldwide.” 

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