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Work begins for £117m 778 new homes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

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Work is underway for the construction of 778 new homes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

Preparatory construction work began in July for the £117 million development, right beside the city’s most popular tourist attraction Titanic Belfast.

The Loft Lines will provide Belfast’s first ever ”build-to-rent” apartments, alongside social housing, with the website stating that they have learnt from the “Swiss approach to living”.
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On a 3.8 acre site, the apartments will be split among three buildings and will include studios, one-bed, two-beds and three-beds.

Internal and external amenity spaces are in current provisions – including spaces for co-working and leisure.

Each block will provide a shared external amenity courtyard on the first floor and another amenity space at roof level.

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Credit: Todd Architects

Flexible commercial and community floor space has been reserved for convenience stores with a hot food counter, a cafe, a bar and a restaurant.

In regards to public realm changes, both a public recreational square and a waterfront promenade skirting along the River Lagan are planned for the development, situated on Queen’s Island.

Cycle and car parking will be provided with developers stating their intention to “prioritise pedestrians and bikes over cars” – this includes bike storage with wash down and repair facilities and covered storage for visitors’ cycles.

Although applicants Lacuna Developments, Watkin Jones PLC and Pirrie Belfast Limited secured approval in April 2022, it was announced in October that commencement would be delayed until “at least spring 2023” due to the financial climate.

By June of this year, a contract was awarded to Graham Construction and construction has now officially begun.

Completion of the apartments is expected in late 2025.

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Credit: @niplanner

All private apartments will be run by an onsite management team and monthly rent payments will include gym and wi-fi.

On The Loft Lines website, the development has been hailed as a “new way of living for people of all ages, incomes and occupations”.

“It’s a fully managed site of private, affordable and social homes surrounded by walkways, boulevards, a park and an urban woodland. It’s a place where lifestyle is scaled up.”

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Construction underway for €66m, 276 unit housing development in Cork

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Construction of the €66 million Strategic Housing Development (SHD) in Ardrostig and Waterfall Road, Co Cork has officially kicked off.

This month, work began on the building of 28 homes at Ardarostig, Waterfall Road, Co Cork.

These are the first of 276 residential units planned at the site – 136 houses, 99 apartments and 40 duplexes.

Of the houses, there are set to be 40 two-storey, three-bedroom semi-detached houses, 12 two-storey, three-bedroom detached houses, 56 two-storey, three-bedroom terraced houses, 14 two-storey, four-bedroom semi-detached houses and 15 three-storey, four-bedroom terraced houses.

The apartments and duplexes will be across seven blocks ranging from three to five storeys with a total of 54 one-bed apartments, 65 two-beds and 20 three-beds.

One block (Block 5 in plans) is to provide a café (147 sq. m) fronting Waterfall Road at ground floor level.

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This month, work began on the building of 28 homes at Ardarostig, Waterfall Road, Co Cork of the of the €66 million Strategic Housing Development (SHD). Credit: 3D Design Bureau

As part of the development, a single-storey creche (271 sq. m) is included in the plans.

The development will also provide new vehicular access and pedestrian entrances onto Waterfall Road, a two-way cycle track and pedestrian footpath.

Provisions have been made for a road to extend the existing pedestrian pathway, a pelican crossing on Waterfall Road and an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing at the Heiton Buckley/Audi Cork entrance junction to the site.

Developers Ardstone Homes Limited had put forward a planning application for the SHD in May 2021, with approval granted with conditions in September of that year.

An Bord Pleanála ruled that although granting permission to the site “would materially contravene specific local objective SE-R-10 in permitting a density of 38.7 units per hectares, in excess of the Medium B densitv range outlined in the Local Area Plan”, it would be justified due to the “national importance” in its delivery of building housing and the Project Ireland National Planning Framework.

Nearly two years on from the approval date, work officially started on July 20 this year.

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Construction begins on €37m Strategic Housing Development in Meath

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Construction of the €37 million residential development at Grange End in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath is to begin this month.

On July 14, work is to get started on the building of 37 houses.

Among these houses, they will comprise three detached four-bed houses, eight semi-detached four beds, two detached three-beds, eight semi-detached three-beds and 16 terraced three-beds.

They will be numbered 15 & 16 Grange Park, 01-13 Grange Park Green, 01-06 Grange Park Road and 01-16 Grange Park Place, Dunshaughlin respectively.

Applicants Loughglynn Developments Ltd T/A Hora Homes previously secured planning for the demolition of two derelict buildings and the construction of 211 dwellings in total, consisting of 112 two-storey houses (21 four-beds, 92 three-beds) and 99 apartments.

The apartments will be built in six three-to-four-storey blocks with six one-beds, 90 two-beds and three three-beds.

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Credit: Digital Dimensions

All residential dwellings will have associated private gardens, balconies or terraces to the north, south, west or west of the elevations.

Plans were granted for the provision of 362 car parking spaces and 264 secure bike parking spaces.

The construction of a creche is also included in plans alongside a new civic park.

Works to configure a 250m section of the Dunshaughlin (East) Main Distributor Road were approved along with provisions for new verges, paths and cycle lanes to be realigned along the R125 to create a new street.

Additional vehicular access is also underway.

With plans put forward in May 2020, An Bord Pleanála approved the Strategic Housing Development back in September 2020 under a number of conditions.

Among these conditions, it includes the omission of one house, a pedestrian and cycle path to be provided to the south of house number 3 and no more than 75 residential units to be occupied until the completion of the childcare facility (unless the developer can demonstrate to the planning authority that a childcare facility is not needed at that time).

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Credit: Digital Dimensions

Developers were also to pay a financial contribution to the planning authorities in respect of public infrastructure and facilities prior to commencement of construction.

On top of that, they were expected to lodge a cash deposit, a bond of an insurance company, or other
security to the local authority to secure the protection of the trees on site and the completion and maintenance of roads, footpaths, watermains, drains, public open space and other services required in connection with the development.

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Approval granted for €290 m mixed development ‘Guinness Quarter’

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Dublin City Council has approved the €290 million mixed development of hotels, offices and housing at the Guinness brewery site.

To be built at a 12.5-acre site on James Street, the ‘Guinness Quarter’ will consist of a total of 336 residential units, two hotels (with 304 beds between them) and a number of buildings for office space.

Of these apartments, there will be 45 studios, 88 one-beds, three two-beds (for three people), 163 two-beds (for four people) and 37 three-beds built with 90 of these to be build-to-rent in a 16-storey building.

A new 300-seater performance space, a markethall, a foodhall, and various venues for retail, café, restaurant and pub spaces are to be constructed.

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Dublin City Council has approved the €290 million mixed development of hotels, offices and housing at the Guinness brewery site. Credit: Model Works

One hotel will have 100 beds in total and will be four to six storeys in height, on the ground floor there’s to be a bar, reception, a meeting rooms and restaurant.

The other hotel will be bigger at 204 beds from four to six storeys and will include a rooftop bar and restaurant and also a swimming pool.

Ground Level will provide reception, toilets, bar, restaurant and ancillary front of house.

Dublin City Council also approved the provision of five new office buildings ranging in heights from eight to ten storeys.

A number of buildings are set to be demolished as part of the development alongside the reservation of a number of existing protected structures on the site.

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A new 300-seater performance space, a markethall, a foodhall, and various venues for retail, café, restaurant and pub spaces are to be constructed. Credit: Model Works

Some of these protected structures include St James’s Gate, the original jome of Arthur Guinness 1 Thomas Street and the early Brewhouses 1 and 2 – these will all be restored and repurposed.

Dublin City Council approved Ballymore’s application subject to a number of conditions.

The build-to-rent apartments will not be used for short-term lettings in the “interests of orderly development and clarity”.

Ballymore must also pay a development contribution of €10.6 million to the local authority “in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting [the] development”.

This fee will be paid once the development commences.

Ballymore hailed the project as one ‘of the most exciting regeneration schemes in Europe’.

The development also has the ambition to become Dublin’s first Carbon Zero District.

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Construction to begin of €97million co-living space in Dublin

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Construction is set to begin for the €97 million co-living space at the Old Glass Factory on Cork Street in Co Dublin.

Work on a part four to part seven-storey building over basement with 377 bedspaces will commence on July 3.

Of these bed spaces, 357 are to be single occupancy rooms, eight are to be single occupancy accessible rooms and six will be double occupancy rooms with circulation cores.

A communal kitchen, living and dining room will be on each floor to serve residents.

On the ground floor, a café will be constructed alongside a communal residential amenity space which will also be at the basement level.

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Construction is set to July 3 for the €97 million co-living space at the Old Glass Factory on Cork Street in Co Dublin. Credit: 3D Design Bureau

This amenity space includes provisions for a reception/shared communal area, a communal lounge/social room, a cinema and yoga space, a gymnasium and a library and workspaces.

Resident support facilities such as a laundry, a post room, accessible toilets at ground floor level, a staff room, a bin store and landscaped amenity gardens will be provided.

From the first to the fourth floor, an external balcony/terrace facing south will be accessed from the communal living, kitchen and dining rooms.

On the fifth floor, there will be a roof garden facing north, south and west as well as a balcony/terrace facing south.

Another balcony/terrace facing south will be on the sixth floor.

The development also proposed a pedestrian connection between Cork Street and John Street South along the eastern boundary and car, motorcycle and bicycle parking spaces.

Although co-living schemes are now banned, planning approval was obtained before the official ban came into place in December 2020.

Approval was granted by An Bord Pleanála on the condition that the number of units be reduced to 19.

The development received several objections from both local residents and councillors.

Work officially commenced in December 2022 with the demolition of existing buildings including 118-122 Cork Street and all associated outbuildings.

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Construction of 570 new homes at former Irish Glass Bottle site begins

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The construction of nearly 600 new apartments has begun at the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, Dublin 4.

Phase 1 of the €140m Apartment Developments plan, submitted by a consortium of Ronan Group Real Estate, Lioncor Development, Oaktree Capital Ireland Ltd and Pembroke Beach DAC, kicked off in late May.

This phase of the ‘Pembroke Quarter’ plan will see the building of the mixed commercial and residential Blocks K, M and O on a site of 15.3 hectares (adjacent to Sean Moore Road and Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA club).

With 570 apartments in total, there are set to be 83 three-beds, 277 two-beds, 177 one-beds and 33 studio apartments.

While the majority will be privately owned or build-to-rent units, one-quarter of these units have been allocated for social and affordable housing.

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Phase 1 of the €140m Apartment Developments plan, submitted by a consortium of Ronan Group Real Estate, Lioncor Development, Oaktree Capital Ireland Ltd and Pembroke Beach DAC, kicked off in late May. Credit: Henry J Lyons Architects

Blocks K, M and O are set to be built over a single-storey basement and consist of four buildings in total (Block M will comprise of two separate structures: a larger block and a smaller townhouse block).

A commercial element is also included with Block K to provide a childcare facility, two retail units and a café restaurant on the ground floor.

The site will provide 916 bicycle parking spaces and 166 car parking spaces.

As the first phase of the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme, this construction begins the development of the ‘new suburb’.

The consortium is looking to transform the dockland site which has remained vacant since the glass bottle factory’s closure in 2002.

The project hopes to deliver around 3,800 homes in total as well as 1 million square feet of commercial space, community amenities, schools, parks and open space.

‘Our ambition is to transform the former brownfield lands into a vibrant, integrated urban neighbourhood within walking distance of Dublin city centre; a new city quarter at Dublin Bay,’ the Ronan Group website reads.

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The Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme,hopes to deliver around 3,800 homes in total as well as 1 million square feet of commercial space, community amenities, schools, parks and open space. Credit: Glassbottle.ie

While Dublin City Council approved Phase One in March of last year, subsequent phases of the project will be subject to their own separate planning applications.

Planners expect that the development in total will take about a decade to complete.

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Green light for AztraZeneca’s €37million extension to Blanchardstown plant

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AstraZeneca had received approval for their €37 million plan to extend their manufacturing plant in Blanchardstown.

Fingal County Council gave the go-ahead for the ‘next generation’ expansion submitted by AstraZeneca’s subsidiary Alexion Pharma Operations International Ltd.

The development includes a brand new five-storey Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing building at their 18.5-hectare site at College Business & Technology Park.

In support of this new manufacturing building, a new two-storey chemical materials store, a new four-storey laboratory building and a medium voltage electrical building will be constructed.

There are also provisions for extensions to the existing warehouse building, including alterations which were previously permitted.

Two yards are to be installed – the first, a chemical material yard, including a liquid nitrogen storage tank, scrubbers and a thermal oxidiser abatement unit.

The other a manufacturing building utilities yard including chillers and other miscellaneous plant and equipment.

There will be an extension to the existing high-level pipe rack connecting all existing and new buildings and yard areas and two new diesel generators and storage tanks.

Further modifications to the site were given the seal of approval, including the attrition of 200 new car park spaces on the eastern side of the site and the expansion of the site’s existing stormwater attenuation/fire water retention pond.

The development is projected to generate 105 additional jobs for the Alexion Biopharmaceutical Campus.

In documents submitted with the planning application, the development is scheduled to take 25 months for construction with hopes it will be fully operational from the first quarter of 2026.

The environmental impact statement (EIS) stated that the facility would use “the latest technology, ideas and digital innovation to meet the needs of the Alexion’s developing portfolio and produce life-saving medicine for patients worldwide”.

No objections were lodged against the proposal and the council approved the plans this month subject to 19 conditions.

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UCC gets approval for €42m new Cork Business School

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Cork City Council has approved plans for a €42 million extension to University College Cork (UCC).

Plans will see the transformation of the 0.66ha site on Copley Street, South Terrace, Union Quay and Stable Lane into a brand new home for Cork University Business School (CUBS), relocating over 4,000 students and 200 staff into the city centre.

The development will see the demolition of all buildings to make way for the construction of a structure ranging from three to six storeys in height. 

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Plans will see the transformation of the 0.66ha site on Copley Street, South Terrace, Union Quay and Stable Lane into a brand new home for Cork University Business School (CUBS), relocating over 4,000 students and 200 staff into the city centre. Credit: G-Net 3D

It will include lecture theatres, academic offices, study and teaching areas, a restaurant and service rooms, a coffee dock and storage areas for bicycles.

The site on 18 and 19 South Terrace will be renovated to provide both a cafe and a study space, demolishing the two-storey rear extension and boundary wall at 18 South Terrace in the process.

Landscaping provisions are also in place to build a courtyard garden accessed via South Terrace, with a rooftop terrace and a rooftop garden.

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The development will see the demolition of all buildings to make way for the construction of a building ranging from three to six storeys in height. Credit: G-Net 3D

In regards to the public realm, the footpath on Coley Street will be widened, a pedestrian crossing at the western end of Copley Street is planned and existing car parking spaces on Copley Street are set to be realigned for a mobility access space and loading bay.

In its application statement, agent ​​McCutcheon Halley Chartered Planning Consultants stated that the campus would help the city “to develop and compete on an international scale and to accommodate the projected 50-60% increase in its population up to 2040”.

Submitted in December 2022, UCC sought to change the site’s use from builder’s providers/storage to educational use.

Cork City Council granted permission subject to conditions on April 18.

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Construction begins of 569 new homes in Clonburris, Co Dublin

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The construction of 569 new homes for a new neighbourhood in Clonburris, South County Dublin has commenced.

The €128.1m development will provide 569 dwellings in total as well as a creche, an innovation hub and open space.

The project is the first phase of the Clonburris South West Development Area of the Clonburris SDZ Planning Scheme 2019.

Following An Bord Pleanala’s approval of Cairn Homes Property Limited’s submission last year, construction has kicked off on a 4-storey multi-use building – containing a two-storey creche, a two-storey office and part single-storey flexible community space.

Following this, 396 duplex and regular apartment units are planned to go ahead, arranged in blocks ranging in height from four to six storeys.

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The €128.1m development will provide 569 dwellings in total as well as a creche, an innovation hub and open space. Credit: 3D Design Bureau

Block One will have 172 units, comprising 76 one-bedroom, 91 two-bedroom and 5 three-bedroom apartments in a two-building arrangement reaching six storeys in height.

Block 2 and Block 3 will only be four storeys and will both provide 16 one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom apartments.

A further 148 duplex apartments are planned, comprising 74 two-bedroom and 74 three-bedroom units across 16 three-storey buildings.

All apartments will have a terrace or balcony.

Plans will also see the building of 173 houses – comprising eight two-bedroom houses, 153 three-bedroom houses and 12 four-bedroom houses.

All houses are set to be two storeys in height and vary in semi-detached, terraced, end-terrace units. All will provide parking and private open space.

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The lands of Clonburris, close to Clondalkin and Lucan, have been designated as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) by the Government. Pic: Clonburris.ie

The first major new street ‘South Link Street’ will also be constructed.

The lands of Clonburris, close to Clondalkin and Lucan, have been designated as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) by the Government.

Located just 13km away from Dublin City Centre, it’s predominantly greenfield land.

Last year, the Government announced intentions to deliver over 8,700 new homes in the area and approved €186 million of funding approved for the new neighbourhood.

So far, 944 new homes have been granted planning permission as part of the scheme with South Dublin City Council set to commence the construction of 381 social and affordable homes in summer 2023.

Speaking at the official commencement of work on the site in February, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said: “Clonburris is a prime example of a sustainable neighbourhood, and the state is investing substantial funds to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place, this includes parks, community buildings and active travel works. In the future, there will be some 23,000 people living here and enjoying all the amenities.”

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Student village in Limerick gets the go-ahead

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An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a new student village in Limerick city.

Last December, Cloncaragh Investments Ltd put forward plans for 30 build-to-rent apartments and another 68 separate apartments at the junction of Punches Cross, with 104 bedspaces in total.

The construction will see the initial demolition of all existing derelict structures on the site.

A street-front four-storey plus recessed penthouse (culminating in six storeys) will be erected in its place.

Operating as student accommodation, the first building will have 54 apartments in the arrangement of 3,4,5,and 6-bedroom configurations.

It will also offer communal facilities including dining rooms, social activity rooms which could provide a gym and cinema/games room.

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Last December, Cloncaragh Investments Ltd put forward plans for 30 build-to-rent apartments and another 68 separate apartments at the junction of Punches Cross, with 104 bedspaces in total. Credit: OCA Architects

Two ancillary retail units 105.6m2 and 99m2 are also proposed for the building as well as a reception and social areas on the ground and first floor.

Another building to the rear of the courtyard is also planned.

Measuring up to five plus penthouse to seven, it will have 14 student apartments in 5 bedroom configuration. A further 30 build-to rent apartments are also in the apartment – 10 one-beds, 18 two-beds and two three-beds.

At the basement level, more social activity rooms are envisioned which would be suitable for yoga, aerobics and general social use.

Laundry facilities, a total of 76 car spaces for apartments, staff and visitors, a storage area for 326 student bikes and a further separate storage for 50 more bicycles.

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Operating as student accommodation, the first building will have 54 apartments in the arrangement of 3,4,5,and 6-bedroom configurations. Credit: OCA Architects

In courtyard gardens of 1,486m2, there will be spaces for 48 bicycles and a separate rear courtyard garden of 450m2.

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) approved Cloncaragh Investments Ltd’s bid subject to 29 conditions.

This includes that the 68 apartments will only be used for students in third-level education.

The car parking layout must be resubmitted and allow up to 50 cars to park on the site.

The communal open spaces must be maintained by a management company.

And a minimum of 10% of car parking spaces must provide an electric vehicle charging station.

This is the third time Cloncaragh Investments Ltd have put forward applications to build on the long-vacant site.

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This is the third time Cloncaragh Investments Ltd have put forward applications to build on the long-vacant site. Credit: OCA Architects

Although ABP had initially quashed their first application, they gave the go-ahead in their second resubmission.

However, a challenge from Environment Trust Ireland (ETI) put this to a halt after argued that the site on the former quarry and petrol station was “contaminated” due to “corroded underground fuel storage tanks”.

High Court judge Mr Justice David Holland made the decision to reject ABP’s decision following failure to pass on a project submission to Limerick’s planning authority in a timely manner.

After recirculating the submission and reconsidering the application, ABP has once again given its approval.