Posted on 9 months ago by Laurentina Kennedy
Up to 60 new jobs planned at Clare medical diagnostics company
EXPANSION is on the cards at Beckman Coulter’s O’Callaghan’s Mills plant, with the company seeking permission for facilities to accommodate an additional 60 staff.
Details of the new jobs are revealed in a planning application currently being considered by Clare County Council. The medical diagnostics company is looking to create additional first floor laboratory and office space, as well as a new roof plant area at its existing eastern warehouse.
The planning application has stated that an 60 additional staff will be added to its existing 420-strong workforce, and will occupy the new extension.
A planning report, from DRA Consulting Engineers, outlined that the first floor area would more than treble in size, if given the go ahead. On the issue of the visual impact, the report stated that this would be minimal as most of the new development would be located internally, within an existing structure. A new roof plant area, of 80 square metres, would have the most impact, visually, the report outlined, but this would be screened by an access stairs and clad to match the existing building.
In respect of traffic and parking, the application has outlined that, due to shift working and the fact that the company’s flexible work practices that include working from home, the impact should be minimal. There are currently 388 parking spaces on-site, the report outlined. These are said to be “more than adequate to cater for the existing persons and future 60 persons which will be split into two shifts of 350 day shift and 130 night shift”.
Due to the internal nature of the works, the planning application anticipated that there will be no environmental impact. Water will be provided by an on-site well and wastewater managed by the existing treatment plan at the plant. Wastewater produced through the laboratories and the manufacture of testing products “is stored in process waste tanks where it is regularly removed and disposed of offsite,” the application added.
County planners have given July 27 as an indicative decision date.
The O’Callaghan’s Mills site is Beckman Coulter’s Irish headquarters. The plant is a hub for the development, manufacture and support of reagents (mixtures for use in chemical analysis) for clinical chemistry, immunochemistry and haematology product lines. It also produces products used in testing for Covid-19.