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€91 Million Investment in Housing Sector

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Govt. Invests in Refurbishing, Energy Efficiency and Adapting Houses for Older People and People with a Disability

Yesterday the Minister for Housing and the Minster for the Environment both announced a €91 Million investment across a number of schemes designed to increase the number and availability of social houses, improve the standard of homes for people with a disability and also upgrading existing houses to improve their energy efficiency rating.

Residential Housing

A €20 million investment is committed to returning over 1000 vacant housing units to use, while over €50 million is committed to adapting houses for older people and people with a disability currently living in private housing and a further €11 million for local authority housing.

In an effort to meet Ireland’s energy reduction targets by 2020 another €20 million has been allocated to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

Speaking yesterday Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government said

“The funding that I am announcing today, will significantly improve the quality of life of many people across Ireland. One of my huge frustrations is seeing boarded up social housing not being used, therefore it is important to see over 1,000 vacant units come back on stream as quickly as is possible,”

This major investment will provide a significant boos to the Irish residential Construction sector across all counties.

Click below to view the county by county  across all aspects of the investment.

Click – Funding Allocation

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€3m Retail Development in Co. Westmeath

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Neighbourhood Centre Commercial Retail Development Commenced

The Development will consist of the a Neighbourhood Centre Retail  Development (1967sqm total gross floor area)consisting of a supermarket with Off License and ancillary areas (1504sqm of which 991 sqm is net retail sales area), 3 no retail units (310sqm) and 1 no stand alone restaurant/cafe unit (153 sqm). Permission is also sought for car parking (125 no spaces) services yard, ESB substation, building mounted and free standing signage, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatments and all associated site and development works. Access is proposed via a new junction on the Ballymahon road which will provide access to the current application site and adjoining development lands

Site:  Cornamagh, Ballymahon Road, Athlone

Value:  €3 Million
Start Date:  08/05/15
Floor area: 1967m2

Commercial Construction Architect

BMA Planning
128 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Co Dublin
01 6764522

Consultant Engineer
Herbert House
Harmony Row
Dublin 2
01 4004000

Landscape Consultant
Kevin Fitzpatrick Landscape Architecture
94 Foxfield Grove
01 4440724

Transport Consultant
JMP Consultants Ltd.
Abacus House
33 Gutter Lane
0044 20 3714 4400

Foxglade Limited

€1.6m Residential Development Commences

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6 Unit Residential Scheme Starts in Castleknock

Permission for Residential development that consists of 6 no. dwellings (2 no. A-Type houses – 2 storey with developed roof space 4- bed semi-detached dwellings with dormer each to rear; 1 no. B-Type house , 1 no. C-Type house, 1 no. C1-Type house and 1 no. C2-Type house – all being 2 storey with developed roofspace 5-bed detached dwellings with dormer each to rear) including 12 no. surface car parking spaces , all landscaping, boundary treatment and site development works. The proposed Residential development will include a vehicular and pedestrian access from Castleknock Road.

Barina - Residential Development

Value:  €1.6 Million
Start Date:  15/05/15
Floor area:  1218 Sq m

Barina Construction Ltd.
Laurel Lodge Business Centre
Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre
Laurel Lodge Rd
01 821 5487

Consultant Engineer
Doherty Finnegan Kelly
30 – 32 Botanic Court
Dublin 9
01 8301852

Niall D. Brennan Associates Architects
7 Harcourt Street
Dublin 2
01 4789009

Margrove Ltd
Laurel Lodge business center
Dublin 15


Medical Construction Projects

Focus on Medical Construction Projects

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Q4 2014 – Medical Construction Sector

This set of graphs describes the Medical Construction sector in terms of new applications, planning applications granted and projects commenced in the Medical construction sector in the Republic of Ireland during the final quarter of 2014

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Proposal For Residential Construction Rules Exemptions

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Government Proposal Would See Residential Construction (Self-Build Homes & Extensions) Exempt from New Building Regulations


The Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 were introduced early last year to give protection to home buyers following the major controversy generated following such Residential Construction schemes as the Priory Hall Development.

Critics of the regulations have pointed to the additional costs – up to €16,000 for inspections according to the Irish Independent – as being an unfair burden on home builders.  It is this light that the government are proposing exemptions.

It must be highlighted that should the regulations be lifted buyers would have very little in the way of protection.

Alternatives to proposed exemptions to the regulations include broadening the range of professionals qualified as ‘assigned certifiers’ to certify that buildings are compliant during the construction phase, as well as giving owners an opt-out clause.

According to a spokesman for the Housing Minister Paudie Coffey, there have been no firm decisions taken at this stage and the matter is still under public consultation.

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Housing Construction – New Data Shows 15% Rise in House Prices

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House Prices in Ireland Rising 15% Higher than EU Average

Residential Construction Property Sales

An article in today’s Irish Independent illustrates the accelerated rate at which house prices in Ireland are increasing.  This comes off the back of the latest edition of the Link2Plans National Housing Construction Index which shows a decrease in housing construction commencements for the first 3 months of 2015.

Shortage of supply combined with more stringent lending rules issued by the central bank have contributed to the rise in prices with areas outside the capital now increasing at higher rate than within.

Research from Daft now shows that the average asking price is above €200,000.

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Residential Construction Ireland

Residential Construction Projects – NHCI Vol. 19

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Published today the Link2Plans National Housing Construction Index Vol. 19 sets out the volumes of residential construction projects planning applications lodged, granted and commenced during the period 1st January – 28th Februay 2015.

The main findings of the latest index show an increase in new residential construction projects planning applications lodged but a fall in projects commenced as a result of the new building regulations introduced at the end of Q1 2014.

Residential Construction Projects Applications


According to Danny O’Shea, “Commencements are down in every county when compared to the same period last year with an overall national decrease of -62%, however as noted at the time by Link2Plans, 2014 was an exceptional year due to regulatory changes. The introduction of changes to the building regulations in March 2014 caused an unprecedented surge in commencements which was akin a one off stimulus boost. In fact, commencements for the first two months of the 2015 are up over 3% on the same period in 2013 which probably gives a more accurate picture of the steady but slow growth in the sector.”

Residential Construction Projects Commencements

The latest edition of the index is available free of charge on the Link2Plans website where you will find other useful information on past editions of the National Housing Construction Index as well as up-to-the-minute details on every Single Residential unit currently in planning, recently granted planning permission or scheduled for construction commencement.

Planned Residential Construction Projects on the Rise….

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…but commencements fall….

Construction Projects Ireland

In the latest edition of the Link2Plans National Housing Construction Index (NHCI) a 9% rise in new residential planning applications during the first 3 months of 2015 has been highlighted versus Quarter 1 2014 figures.  While this is good news in the medium to longer term for the Irish Construction sector the Link2Plans analysis highlights a short-term fall in residential construction projects commencements.

Overall applications for new residential construction projects increased year-on-year across 18 counties but saw a 4 percent fall in Co. Dublin further illustrating the shortage in housing supply across the capital.

Link2Plans Managing Director, Danny O’Shea, pointed to the impact of the introduction of new building regulations in April 2014 as a significant factor in the rush to lodge construction projects commencements early in 2014 and the the consequent knock-on effect of this in the first quarter of 2015 and pointed to the 3% rise when quarter 1 2015 is compared with quarter 1 2015 as a more accurate reflection of increased activity in the residential construction projects sector.

The Link2Plans NHCI has been referenced across all national media this morning including the Irish Times and the

Danny O’Shea is CEO of L2P Group which comprises Residential and Commercial Construction Projects research firms Link2Plans and Building Information Ireland.

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Commercial Construction - Capital Docks

Commercial Construction Sector on the Up

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Commercial Construction - Capital Docks

In today’s online edition of the Irish Independent there are 4 headline stories in the commercial property section which provide details on the actual or proposed sale of commercial property as well as the  development of  €200 Million 19 storey skyscraper in the Docklands area of Dublin.

In all, the total potential value of the properties listed amounts to over €420 Million.

Nama is planning to divest itself of 3 shopping centres valued at €120 Million and 8 office blocks valued €100 Million.  The properties in question are spread nationwide and include shopping centres in Cork, Galway and Drogheda Co. Louth.  As well as this it seems that a separate package of 8 offices is being prepared for sale by the National Asset Management Agency.

In another story reported recently, it seems that Nama in co-operation with US firm Kennedy Wilson, intend to develop offices and apartments in Dublin’s Docklands.  The proposed planning permission is said to include what would be Dublin’s tallest building at 19 storeys and if it goes ahead is likely be one of the capitals most high profile commercial construction projects.

Elsewhere, in Co. Louth the Independent reports that offices at the Quayside Business Park have been sold for a figure close to €1.15 Million.

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