+54% Increase in Industrial Construction Sector Commencements

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+54% Increase in Industrial Construction Sector Commencements

Industrial Construction Planning Applications also increase by 20% to €178m

In the latest Building Information Index (Q1 2015) findings indicate a generally positive outlook for the Industrial construction sector.  Industrial construction project Commencements increase by +54% to €154m over the same period in 2014.

The value of Applications for Industrial developments showed a national increase of +20% (to €178m) in Q1 2015 compared with Q1 2014.  There was a significant drop in the volume of Granted permissions (-50%) to €151m, while the value of Industrial construction project Commencements increased to €154m (+54%).

Industrial Construction Stats

On a regional basis, Munster showed the largest growth in Industrial construction applications (+144%) with Connacht / Ulster also up (+61%). Interestingly the east showed a decline in Applications with Dublin down -56% and Leinster down -26%.

Industrial construction project commencements showed significant growth in Munster, which accounted for over 75% of the overall activity for the entire country. The other regions all showed some decline in year on year Q1 Commencements with the overall national figure being +54%

Industrial Construction Regions

Interestingly the Industrial construction sector has one of the quickest application to commencement turnaround times at -31% the construction industry average (55 weeks)

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Building Information Index Vol. 1 – Q1 2015

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Building Information Index Vol. 1 – Q1 2015

Welcome to the first volume of the Building Information Index brought to you by Building Information Ireland. With the construction sector emerging from a sustained period of contraction, the aim of this quarterly index is to provide the Construction Industry with reliable and consistent data on the regional aspects to recovery, the sectors which are recovering quickest and how the industry is being funded.

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Planning Applications Q1 2015

Leinster (€1.3bn) is the largest region narrowly pipping Dublin (€1.29bn) followed by Munster (€716m) and then Connacht / Ulster (€326m).  Leinster, Dublin and Munster returned increases of +155%, +36% and +7% respectively year on year whereas Connacht / Ulster showed a decrease of -22% for the same period

Building Information Index - Applications

Q1 Granted Permissions and Commencements (variance v’s Q1 2014)

Granted Permissions Commencements
Leinster €606 m (+64%) €246 m (-52%)
Dublin €1.79 bn (+197%) €575 m (-28%)
Munster €234 m (-53%) €399 m (+106%)
Connacht / Ulster €180 m  (-40%) €139 m (-26%)


In total 7 sectors have been analysed within The Building Information Index and a short to medium term outlook for each sector has been calculated based on our findings.  Download to read full detail on all sectors.

Residential Commercial & Retail Medical Education
Agriculture Social & Community Industrial

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€18.6 Million in Energy Efficiency Government Support

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Government Announces €18.6 Million in Support for 29 Energy Efficiency Projects

Yesterday the Minister for Energy announced the approval of grants to fund 29 individual energy efficiency initiatives.  Once complete the scheme is set to achieve combined lifetime savings of €140 Million by upgrading over 2430 homes as well as at least 400 public buildings.  Funds have been allocated as part of the Government’s ‘Better Energy Communities’ scheme.

Better Energy Residential Construction

Among the projects to be awarded funding include

The upgrade of 24 houses in Castleblayney Co. Monaghan through a Credit Union and Kingspan partnership

Improvement of 99 public buildings as well as homes led by Camphill Community, a charitable trust

Retrofitting of 200 houses throughout out Co. Tipperary coordinated through Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Ltd

Announcing the investment Minister Alex white said  “These projects will see community co-operatives all over the country coming together with local authorities, businesses and sports clubs to improve homes and local community facilities. Energy efficiency improvements like these are demonstrating that energy efficiency technologies work, and that they deliver real benefits, which can save on bills while helping the environment”

A full list of all 2015 Better Energy Communities Projects can be downloaded below


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€8.2m Residential Construction Development Commences

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€8.2m Residential Construction Development Commences in Swords, Co. Dublin

Revisions to approved residential construction development (Reg. Ref. F11A/0436), to omit 17 four bedroom 2-storey houses, 28 three bedroom 2-storey houses, 12 two bedroom 2-storey houses and a 316 sq.m. creche and to now provide 8 four-bedroom houses and 46 three bedroom houses, all of which are 2-storey dwellings. The development includes 115 no. car parking spaces, and all associated ancillary and site works.

Site: The Glen Road, Old Town, Swords, Co Dublin

Value: €8.2 Million
Units: 54
Started: June 1st 2015

Gannon Residential Construction Development

Gannon Properties Ltd
Kinvara House
52 Northumberland Road
Dublin 4
01 6080500

Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects
65 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
01 6613990

Liffey Developments (Dublin) Ltd.
Unit B, Block 14c
Grants Rd
Co. Dublin
01 4011020

€38m Residential Construction Development in Co. Dublin

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225 Unit Residential Construction Project Commences

The proposal is for a residential development consisting of 225 no. dwelling units, including vehicular access from Road, all associated site and infrastructural works including foul and surface water drainage, surface car parking, public open spaces measuring 2.45 ha, landscaping, boundary walls and fences, roads, cycle-paths and footpaths all on a site area of approximately 9.38 hectares. The relocation of the previously approved foul pumping station and associated access road is also proposed. The development consists of 171 no. houses and 54 no. apartments.

Value: €38 Million
Start Date: 06/2015
Units: 225

Site:  Diswellstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15

John Spain Residential Construction

John Spain Associates
50 Upper Mount Street
Dublin 2
Co. Dublin
01 6625803

Cherryfield Courts Ltd
The Herbert Building
The Park
Dublin 18

O’Mahony Pike Architects
Old Chapel Building
Mount St. Annes
Dublin 6
01 2027400

Consultant Engineer
Herbert House
Harmony Row
Dublin 2
01 4004000

Brady Shipman Martin (Dublin)
Dundrum Business Park
Dublin 14
01 2081911

€9.3m Medical Construction Primary Care Centre Development in Co. Westmeath

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Medical Construction Development in Co. Westmeath

Description: Construction of a three storey (part two storey) Primary Care Centre, incorporating Doctors
and Nurses, Multi-Disciplinary Consulting Treatment and Public Health Nursing Rooms and associated
support facilities, a Mental Health Day Hospital, Dental Clinic and Retail Unit, associated car parking spaces
and all associated site works, to include drainage, services and boundary treatments, ESB substation, switch
room, water tank storage and service yard. This proposal is an amended scheme to the already approved
planning applications 11/5040 and 12/5101

Value: €9.3 Million
Floor Area: 3674 Sq M
Granted Date: 13/05/15

Site: Tyrells, Robinstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Feasible Residential Construction

Feasible Property Ltd.
24 Priory Hall, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
o1 2200020

Paul Byrne Architects
24 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan Park, Co.Dublin
01 485 3361

Consultant Engineer
Cronin & Sutton Consulting
45 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
01 5480863


€2.4m Institute of Technology Tallaght Alterations in Co. Dublin

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Change of use project at Tallaght Institute of Technology

Description: Change of use of Block A building (1,784sq.m.) from office to educational use.

Site: Premier House, Belgard Square, South, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Value: €2.4 Million
Floor area: 1784 Sq M
Start Date: 13/05/15

Commercial Construction Architect

BMA Planning
128 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
01 6764522

Institute of Technology Tallaght
Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24
01 4042000

Coady Partnership Architects
Block H Mountpleasant Business Centre, Mountpleasant Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
01 4976766

Purcell Construction, 57 Briarhill Business Park, Ballybrit
091 780800

Patrick Harrington Architects
Argus House, Malpas Street, Blackpitts, Dublin 8
087 6992582

€7.6m Residential Development in Co. Dublin

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43 Units Residential Development Granted

Description: Construction of 43 residential units to comprise the following : 14 no. three storey four bed
semi detached houses; 10 no. two storey three bed semi detached houses; 10 no. two storey three bed end
terrace houses; 8 no. two storey three bed mid terrace houses and 1 no. two storey three bed detached
house all with on curtilage carparking; it is proposed to construct a new entrance to the development in the
south west of the site from Temple Manor Grove through the existing public open space in that area and to
also provide a pedestrian/cyclist connection to the development from the existing cul de sac adjacent to
Temple Manor Way; the works will also include all associated landscaping and site works; the provision of
visitor carparking spaces; the construction of a surface water attenuation area and the provision of
connections to existing services within the Temple Manor development on lands taken in charge by South
Dublin County Council.

Site: formerly part of the St. Paul’s
Campus, bounded by St. Paul’s
School and Temple Manor,
Greenhills, Dublin 12

Value: €7.6 Million
Granted Date: 02/03/15
Units: 43

Greene Residential Construction

McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects
4 Adelaide Court, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
01 478 8700

Jackie Greene Construction Ltd.
48 Fortfield Park, Dublin 6W
01 4902436

Jackie Greene Construction Ltd.
48 Fortfield Park, Dublin 6W
01 4902436

€8.7m Residential Care Centre Development in Co. Kerry

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Description: Erect a 64 bedroom residential care centre development comprising of new site entrance,
roads and parking, all associated services and site works.

Value:  €8.7m
Granted Date:  19/05/15
Floor area:  3394 SqM


Residential Care - John Phelan

John Phelan Architects, No 1 The Mews, 55 Moyderwell, Tralee
066 7129704

Consultant Engineer
Malachy Walsh & Partners, Reen Point, Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry
066 7123404

Consultant Engineer
Purtill Consultant Engineers Ltd, Listellick, South Tralee, Co. Kerry
087 9184094

€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.

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