Preserving the castle: Limerick Regeneron staff complete restoration projects

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STAFF at biopharmaceutical company Regeneron have completed a major project at Roche Castle in Limerick.

Workers at the company’s European headquarters in Raheen have, as part of Irish National Heritage Week, helped preserve the historic Gothic Revival house, which was built around 1830.

Located in the center of the Regeneron campus, the building once housed one of Limerick’s representatives in the Parliament of London before independence.

The land around the complex was acquired by the firm in 2018.

To ensure the continued existence of Roche Castle as an important historic entity, Regeneron has invested in extensive preservation and restoration work as part of its biodiversity and conservation initiative.

In addition to the restoration of the castle, an extensive woodland project saw a series of measures taken on the surrounding 1.22 hectare area, including the removal of brush and non-native vegetation on the woodland floor and the re-seeding of the soil with native woody flora; a sunny glade with butterflies; installation of hotels for solitary bees, nesting boxes for birds and nesting boxes for bats; and the creation of wood piles to provide habitats for invertebrates at various locations in the woodlots.

Daniel Van Plew, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Operations and Product Sourcing, said, “Regeneron does its best to be a good neighbor and when you think of your friends and family members who work with us, we are really part of it. piece. As part of the Limerick community, like any good neighbour, we do our best to make a positive impact. »

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