Portwest

  • Planning permission has been refused for Portwest to construct their new global headquarters in Westport.

    An Bord Plenala has upheld an appeal lodged against the decision of Mayo County Council to grant permission for the office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in Westport.

    The Board says the proposed development is in an area which is at risk of flooding

    This is a major set-back for the clothing workwear company, which has seen a massive global expansion in recent years, and now employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

    Just over a year ago, Mayo County Council granted planning permission, with 37 conditions, to Portwest Ltd to build their new global headquarters at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport.

    The company was planning to construct a mainly 4-storey building with offices, cafe and parking, with plans to employ up to 150 people at the new facility.

    Last October, two appeals were lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the council's decision to grant permission.

    The appeals were signed by over 20 local residents in total, and cited concerns in relation to flooding, parking, traffic, and the design of the building.

    A decision was expected in April, but was deferred due to a backlog in cases.

    This week, An Bord Pleanala has upheld an appeal against the decision to grant planning permission to Portwest Ltd.

    In reaching its decision, the Board overturned the recommendation of its own inspector.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Mayo County Council says this is an unfortunate outcome, after a long and extensive process.

    The Council says it will preclude the development of an iconic 21st century building at the Quay, which would have involved a multi-million euro investment and would have bought significant employment and economic activity to the area on a year-round basis.

     

  • An Bord Pleanala’s decision not to allow Portwest to build a new global headquarters own its own site at the Quays in Westport is a bad news day for Westport, according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Westport based Brendan Mulroy.

    The Board has upheld an appeal lodged against Mayo County Council's decision to grant permission for a new 10 million euro office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in the town.

    The Board says the proposed Portwest development is in an area which is at risk of flooding.

    This is a major set-back for Portwest, a clothing workwear company, which has seen a massive global expansion in recent years, and now employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

    In reaching its decision, the Board overturned the recommendation of its own inspector.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Mayo County Council makes this judgement on the Board’s decision stating that “it’s an unfortunate outcome, after a long and expensive process. It will preclude the development of an iconic 21st century building at the Quay, which would have involved a multi-million euro investment and would have bought significant employment and economic activity to the area on a year-round basis”.

    Midwest News sought an interview with the Chief Executive of MCC on the statement , but so far that has not been secured.

    Midwest News contacted Portwest for it’s reaction to the decision, the company declined an interview but forwarded a statement saying it "is disappointed at the planning decision".

    Adding that its team has “worked tirelessly to bring this project to Westport and create over 50 new graduate jobs. After two years in the planning process, the decision means the company cannot accommodate these new jobs, as there are no offices large enough to rent, and the company has now been refused planning permission for this development”.

    Westport based Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy is the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council and speaking to Midwest News today he said it's a bad news day for Westport. Fifty new graduate jobs have been lost to the area, he argues, and that will result in further emigration by youth in the west Mayo area.

  • A Fianna Fail Councillor is inviting Portwest to build their offices in Castlebar.

    Martin McLoughlin says we don’t want to lose these jobs in the region and with the new ring road coming on stream connecting Castlebar and Westport it’s only a ten minute commute.

    This is in light of yesterday’s news of An Bord Pleanala’s decision not to allow Portwest to build a new global headquarters on its own site at the Quay in Westport.

    The Board has upheld an appeal lodged against Mayo County Council's decision to grant permission for a new 10 million euro office building and café at Roman Island at The Quay in the town.

    The Board says the proposed Portwest development is in an area which is at risk of flooding.

    Cllr. McLoughlin says yesterday’s announcement was a bad news day for Westport but it can be turned around and be a good day for Castlebar.

  • A local Councillor says that something has to be done about flooding on the access road to Allergan and Portwest in Westport.

    Independent Cllr Christy Hyland says the access road flooded again yesterday, following heavy rain as part of Storm Diana yesterday.

    He says that once Allergan found out that the road was flooded, they provided access to the two sites by opening up a road at the rear of their plant.

    However Cllr Hyland says the situation must be resolved, as it has occurred on a number of occasions over the past few years.

    He says that both Allergan and Portwest are major employers and it is not good enough to have the access road to the plants flooded.

    Cllr Hyland says employees were worried about getting home from work or getting into work yesterday because of the issue.

    He told Midwest News he has been in touch with the Executive of Mayo County Council about the matter.

  • Councillors at the West Mayo Municipal District meeting today voted in favour to grant permission for the Portwest construction on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    A total of 93 submissions have been submitted by members of the public and a number of local organisations to West Mayo Municipal District on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    The matter came before elected councillors at today’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo  Municipal district, in Westport.

    Councillors were asked to approve what’s termed a “material contravention” of the Westport Town and Environs Development plan in order to grant permission for the Portwest construction. The area at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport  is not zoned for such a development under the present area development  plan.

    The proposed development by Portwest includes an office building and café and is predominately 4 storeys in height. It will include office space for the Portwest Global Head Office . It also includes 91 car parking spaces and 30 covered bicycle spaces, signage, hard and soft landscaping and all associated infrastructure and site development works on a site area of 0.6ha at the Quay.

    At today’s meeting the number of submissions received from the public both in favour and against the proposal were presented to councillors.

    Councillors voted 6-1 in favour of the Material Contravention.

     

     

  • Westport’s Harry Hughes is in Monaco for the 18th EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Mr Hughes of Portwest won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland and will be among winners representing 46 countries to compete for the world title and enter the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame.

    Mr Hughes arrived on Tuesday for the four day event to build up to the overall ceremony.

    The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

  • Mayo County Council has granted planning permission for the development of a new €10 million euro global headquarters for Portwest at The Quay in Westport.

    Two weeks ago, members of the West Mayo Municipal District approved a material contravention to allow the site of the proposed development on Roman Island at The Quay to be re-zoned, and the council has now given the green light for the predominantly four-storey building, subject to 37 conditions.

    Portwest now employs over 3,000 staff worldwide and expected to treble staff numbers and reach $1 billion turnover in the next 7 years.

    The new global headquarters at the site of the Old Mill on The Quay will accommodate some 150 staff.

    Owen Hughes, Director of Portwest, told Midwest News that they're delighted to have secured planning permission for the new office development, and says that - if there are no objections - they would hope to start construction early in 2019.

  • A Planning decision is expected today in respect of an application by Portwest Limited for the construction of a €10 million corporate headquarters at Westport Quay.

    The Connaught Telegraph is reporting that councillors who are members of West Mayo Municipal District have already voted to rezone the site on Roman Island.

    The site is currently zoned for marine related tourism and a material contravention was needed to rezone it.

    Some 87 valid submissions were received from the public in respect of the material contravention with 62 objecting, 23 supporting it, while two were neutral.

  • Westport-based workwear company Portwest has announced an investment in an Italian footwear manufacturer.

    Base Protection Footwear makes safety shoes for millions of people globally, operating factories in Italy and Albania.

    This is Portwest's first investment in safety footwear and CEO Harry Hughes says it fits well with the company strategy of offering customers a head to toe safety solution.

    Portwest is one of the world's fastest-growing workwear companies, specialising in fire-resistant and high visibility workwear and personal protective equipment.

    The Westport-based company is run by the Hughes family, and currently employs over 4,500 people worldwide with warehousing facilities in Ireland, the UK, Poland, Dubai, Australia and the USA, and four fully-owned factories in Asia and Africa.

     

     

  • Westport-based company Portwest is investing $10 million dollars in expanding its operations in Australia.

    The workwear and outdoor clothing company officially launched a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Melbourne last week.

    Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O'Donovan and the Irish Ambassador to Australia attended the launch, along with Portwest CEO Harry Hughes.

    The company's clothing is now being sold in over 130 countries and is continuing its global expansion.

    Meanwhile, three appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala in relation to Portwest's expansion plans in Westport.

    The company is planning to build its €10 million euro global headquarters at the Quay, and Mayo County Council recently granted planning permission for the development on Roman Island, subject to a number of conditions.

    It's understood three appeals have now been submitted by local groups, calling for the development to be located elsewhere.

     

  • Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding.

    The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a number of residents.

    However local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland has been informed that remedial work has been carried out on the road.

  • Connacht lost to Munster at the Sportsground last night, but those in attendance made it into the history books after they broke the world record for the most people wearing a hi-vis jacket in one location at once.

    The record attempt was organised by a partnership between Connacht Rugby and Portwest as part of the 'Be Bright on Safety' campaign, which aims to call attention to the significance and responsibility of all road users when it comes to safety.

    The record attempt took place at half-time in yesterday evenings encounter, with Connacht trailing their southern rivals by seven points.

    Officials at the Sportsgound claim approximately 5,000 fans took part in the record attempt, smashing the previous record of 2,499.

  • A total of 93 submissions have been submitted by members of the public and a number of local organisations to West Mayo Municipal District on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    The matter will come before elected councillors at today’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo  Municipal district, due to take place this noon time in Westport.

    Councillors are being asked to approve what’s termed a “material contravention” of the Westport Town and Environs Development plan in order to grant permission for the Portwest construction. The area at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport  is not zoned for such a development under the present area development  plan.

    The proposed development by Portwest includes an office building and café and is predominately 4 storeys in height. It will include office space for the Portwest Global Head Office . It also includes 91 car parking spaces and 30 covered bicycle spaces, signage, hard and soft landscaping and all associated infrastructure and site development works on a site area of 0.6ha at the Quay.

    At today’s meeting the number of submissions received from the public both in favour and against the proposal will be presented to councillors and it will then be up to elected councillors to either approve or reject the material contravention, either blocking or giving the green light to Portwest to secure planning permission for their proposed development.

  • Sometime in October, Westport based global enterprise Portwest is hoping to secure the green light from West Mayo Municipal District councillors to allow the development of its 10 million euro world headquarters at a site at the harbour in Westport town.

    The decision is in the hands of the local councillors who must vote on a change of planning designation at the harbour side site, as a material convention of Mayo County Development Plan is needed to allow the building to go ahead.

    Portwest had originally planned to locate its global HQ at a site adjacent to Allergan, however, Allergan has sought additional space to expand its enterprise, and so the Hughes family have opted to locate at a site they own at the harbour.

    One of the Directors of Portwest Owen Hughes told Midwest News today that they hope to get the project underway by October.

  • Westport-based company Portwest was named Exporter of the Year at the Export Industry Awards which took place in Dublin at the weekend.

    This was the 18th year of the awards, which recognise the achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland.

    Portwest designs, manufactures and distributes personal protective equipment, workwear and outdoor leisure wear throughout the world.

    The family business is headquartered in Westport and employs over 3,500 people worldwide.

    CEO Harry Hughes said they were surprised and delighted to win the Exporter of the Year award, which he said represents hard work and commitment from their staff worldwide.