Europe Adds to €12M Staff Accommodation

The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney has announced the construction of Phase B of their employee accommodation facility – The Lodges at The Europe.

In 2018, the company invested over €4.5m in the first phase of The Lodges, an employee accommodation headquarters based at the hotel. The second phase is now under construction.

Phase B will involve the demolition and removal of the old staff house, followed by the construction of four new accommodation blocks with 40 ensuite rooms. Alongside the high-spec accommodation, this phase will also include a new gym, bicycle storage, laundry facilities and indoor and outdoor recreational areas.

Following on from Phase B, 20 additional rooms will be added, subject to planning permission. Once all phases have been completed, the total investment in employee accommodation will stand in excess of €12m.

The construction tender has been awarded to Kerry-based firm Kenmare Plant Hire, which recently completed the expansion of the hotel’s car park, and has been designed by local architect Achim Gottstein.

Speaking about the project, Managing Director of Killarney Hotels Collection Michael Brennan said:

“We are very proud of our continued commitment to the comfort and well-being of our team. The construction of Phase B follows on from this year’s earlier announcement of the company’s family leave policy being extended to included Maternity, Adoptive and Paternity Leave payments for our employees. The company already offers benefits to employees including an industry-leading pension scheme, DIS benefit, dedicated in-house employee restaurant and employee discounts.”