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Construction & Planning Activity – September 2018

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Construction & planning activity by sector during September 2018. The table below outlines the volumes of projects either submitted for planning, granted planning permission or commenced construction.

  Applied Granted  Commenced
Agriculture Construction 124 128 31
Commercial Construction 139 133 45
Education Construction 55 35 39
Industrial Construction 84 56 24
Medical Construction 25 20 8
Residential Construction 288 151 48
Social Construction 98 77 19

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Building Information Index – H1 2017

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Welcome to the latest volume of the Building Information Index

This volume of the Building Information Index provides insight and key analysis of activity in the construction industry for the first six months of 2017. It also provides an invaluable foresight as to what the remainder of 2017 and 2018 will bring. I hope you find it informative.

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In this volume actual activity to the end of June 2017 is compared to the same periods in 2016 and 2015. The analysis takes a close look at the construction industry broken down by region, funding source and sectors; Residential, Commercial & Retail, Medical, Education, Agriculture, Industrial and Social.



The total value of Construction Project Commencements grows by €969M (+26%) for the six months to end of June 2017

The value of construction project Commencements for the first six months of 2017 has grown by +26% when compared to the same period in 2016. This represents a continued trend of growth which is up +99% when compared to the same period in 2015. However, when broken down only three of the seven sectors examined actually registered growth. The increase is largely underpinned by the Residential sector which is up €1.14bn (+67%) followed by Agricultural (+102%) and Social (+53%). Industrial (-33%), Commercial & Retail (-4%), Educational (-12%), Medical (-10%) all recorded decreases in Commencements. On the postitive side all sectors still show an increase when compared to 2015.

Value of Applications rises

The value of construction project Applications rose by 11% to €9.69bn when compared to the first six months in 2016. This represents an increase of +27% when compared to the same period in 2015. Again this growth is driven by the Residential sector, the largest sector which is up +€1.41bn (+34%). The only other sector to show a growth is Social (+156%). The other five Commercial/Retail(-19%), Industrial(-16%), Medical(-30%), Education(-25%) and Agricultural(-14%) recorded decreases.

The Building Information Index is measured by factors that correlate with the phases in a construction project. The first is project Commencements which relate to projects that are in progress on-site and where construction activity has started. The second is Applications which are a real time barometer of sentiment in the construction sector and relate to all projects yet to be approved for planning. Thirdly we look at projects that have been granted permission. This shows projects that are further along in the cycle, and being approved, they show more short term potential in the market.

The Exo Building Development in Co. Dublin

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The Exo Building

Point Village District Centre
North Wall Quay & East Wall Road
Dublin 1
According to reports tenants are now being actively sought for Dublin’s tallest planned building.  Once complete the building will be 73 metres tall and will provide working space for 2000 people.
Grant Thornton – Dublin
Paul McCann and Steve Tennant
24-26 City Quay
Dublin 2
Shay Cleary Architects
Shane Fitzpatrick                             
18 Palmerston Park
Dublin 6
01 4125090
info@sca.ie | www.sca.ie
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Cormac Woods
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000

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Q1 2017 – Granted Planning Permissions by Sector

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Examination of Granted Planning Permissions by sector during Q1 2017.  

Agriculture Consruction

Agriculture – 387 Granted Projects

Decrease of 197 v’s 2016

Commercial Construction

Commercial & Retail – 486 Granted Projects

Increase of 69 v’s 2016

Schools Construction

Education – 120 Granted Projects

Increase of 2 v’s 2016

Industrial Construction

Industrial – 179 Granted Projects

Increase of 42 v’s 2016

Hospital Construction

Medical – 58 Granted Projects

Decrease of 19 v’s 2016

Residential Construction

Residential – 432 Granted Projects

Increase of 109 v’s 2016

Social Construction

Social & Community – 225 Granted Projects

Increase of 90 v’s 2016

National Children’s Hospital – Granted Permission 28th April

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Infrastructural Development Dublin

Site: St. James’s Hospital Campus, James’s Street, Dublin 8

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Application: 12th August 2015
Granted: 28th April 2015
Floor Area: 134,997 Sq M

Description: Health Infrastructural Development Dublin comprising National Paediatric Hospital (National Children’s Hospital), Innovation Centre and Family Accommodation Unit at St. James’s Hospital Campus, Satellite Centres at Tallaght and Connolly Hospitals and Construction Compound at Davitt Road, Dublin.

Coady Partnership Architects
Block H Mountpleasant Business Centre
Mountpleasant Avenue
Dublin 6
01 4976766 | www.coady.ie

HLM Architects
Neil Orpwood
10th Floor, Causeway Tower
9 James Street South
028 90445700 | www.hlmarchitects.com

O’ Connell Mahon Architects
9 Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2
01 6767408
BDP Architects
Benedict Zucchi
Blackhall Green
Dublin 7
01 4740600 | www.bdp.com
Consulting Engineer
Arup Ltd.
The Linenhall, 8th Floor
32-38 Linenhall Street
048 90890900
belfast@arup.com | www.arup.com
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Niall McMenamin
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000
ocsc@ocsc.ie | www.ocsc.ie
GVA Planning & Regeneration Ltd.
Paul O’Neill
Second Floor, Seagrave House
19-20 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
01 6618500
info@gvaplanning.ie | www.gva.co.uk
Roughan & O’Donovan
Seamus MacGearailt
Arena House, Arena Road
Dublin 18
01 2940800
info@rod.ie | www.rod.ie
ETHOS Engineering
Apex Business Centre
Blackthorn Road
Sandyford, Dublin 18
01 2932220
info@ethoseng.ie | www.ethoseng.ie
Brady Shipman Martin
Block 6 Belfield Office Park
01 2081900

59 Multi-unit Residential Developments Granted in January 2016

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Positive Signals from the Residential Developments Sector

The image below provides a geographical location for each of the 59 Multi-unit Residential Developments (> 2 units) granted full planning permission in Ireland during January 2016.  The indicators for the Residential Developments sector are improving as BuildingInfo CEO, Danny O’Shea, pointed out in a recent interview with the Sunday Business Post.

Commenting specifically on the reducing lag time from Planning Application to On-site Commencement, Danny O’Shea says “This lead-in time has stagnated the industry in recent years, but we have seen it reduce gradually throughout 2015. At the beginning of 2015, the duration stood at 141 weeks. This will continue to reduce throughout 2016, further improving the activity levels in the sector. All of this augers well for increased residential output into 2016 and beyond,”.

Residential Developments Granted

Full details on each of the projects highlighted, including project descriptions and key contact details, on the above map are available to BuildingInfo subscribers.  We also offer free trial access via our website.  For further details feel free to contact our support team – 01 9053200 or info@buildinginfo.com

€28m Adare Manor Hotel Refurbishment Project in Co. Limerick

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Planning Permission Granted for Refurbishment of one of Ireland’s most Prestigious Hotels

Adare Manor Hotel Refurbishment

Hotel Refurbishment Value Estimate: €28 Million

Floor Area: 10,500 Sq M

Granted Permission: 19th Jan 2015

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Hotel Refurbishment: Internal walls/infill of opes; revisions to internal layout of lower ground floor level of hotel comprising re-arrangement and upgrade of hotel uses including demolition of spa, replacement with a new spa facility on same footprint with new external elevation/roof; A new single storey double height ballroom/conference space at lower ground floor level; provision of new hotel bedroom wing to the west arranged over 5 levels, revisions to service yard, linked to existing manor by external covered walkway; provision of additional hotel bedrooms in existing roof space & related elevational amendments, development results in 7,664sqm of new hotel floor area(increase of 31 No bedrooms), part-demolition/refurbishment of golf clubhouse, revised internal layout, new glazed façade/elevational amendments (increase in floor area of 247sqm), provision of golf club related uses in lieu of existing bedroom accommodation in carriage house; removal of existing staircase from central carriage arch to adjoining carriagehouse(Clubhouse) & new door opes, replacement of glazed corridor with new open cloister; revisions to existing car parking, re-configured/new surface carparking areas north of golf clubhouse & proposed ballroom/conference space resulting in carparking provision of 340 spaces. A new single storey energy centre(244sqm) to serve hotel complex/golf clubhouse, removal/replacement of existing halfway house with new pavilion between 9th/10th holes on golf course(52sqm); A new facilities complex comprising maintenance/laundry, staff, parking/storage(2,588sqm) ranging from 1-2 storeys located south of the Estate; provision of new vehicular access off N21 at western boundary & new security building/gates and new internal two-way road(6m wide) running for 572 metres from new access point connecting to existing estate road. Revisions to main entrance to Adare Manor, removal of existing security building/gates, construction of new single storey security building(28sqm), gates/revised boundary treatments. Hard/soft landscaping/boundary treatments; attenuation works; foul pumping station; plant; revisions to internal roads; staff/overflow car parking; changes in level; piped infrastructure/ducting; services; bicycle parking; signage & waste management; external lighting/site development/excavation works (Environmental Impact Statement submitted with planning application)

Tizzard Holdings Ltd.
Colm Hannon
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox Building
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

ReardonSmith Architects
Sundras Naidoo
The Leathermarket
Weston St
+44 20 73786006 | info@reardonsmith.com | www.reardonsmith.com

Landscape Architect
ReardonSmith Architects
Ed Freeman
The Leathermarket
Weston St
+44 20 73786006 | info@reardonsmith.com | www.reardonsmith.com

Healy & Partners
Mike Murphy
The Mill
Glentworth Street
Co. Limerick
061 410966 | mail@healypartners.com | www.healypartners.com

Consarc Design Group LTD
Dawson Stelfox
The Gas Office
4 Cromac Quay
028 90828400 | mail@consarc-design.co.uk | www.consarc-design.co.uk

Tom Philips & Associates
John Gannon
2-3 Roger’s Lane
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
01 4786055 | info@tpa.ie | www.tpa.ie

Consulting Engineer
Punch Consulting Engineers
Sundras Naidoo
Carnegie House
Library Road
Dun Laoghaire
01 2712200 | dublin@punchconsulting.com | www.punchconsulting.com

Creagh House Environmental Ltd
Creagh House
022 24433 | chenv@eircom.net

€75m Boland’s Mills – Commercial Construction Project

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Plans Granted for Major Commercial Construction Project


Bolands Mills
Ringsend Road/Barrow Street
Grand Canal Dock
Dublin 4

Floor Area:  36,759 Sq M

Residential Units: 42

Planning Granted: 1st July 2015

Boland's Mills - Commercial Construction Project

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PROTECTED STRUCTURE: We Versus Ltd. (In Receivership), Abbono Ltd. (In Receivership), Beckton Properties Ltd. (In Receivership) & Candourity Ltd. (In Receivership) (each acting by the Joint Receivers Mark Reynolds & Glenn Crann), Savills, 33 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Intend to apply for Planning Permission For development at a site of 1.056 ha known as The former Boland’s Mill incorporating 33 & 34 Barrow Street together with 35A Barrow Street & 35 Barrow Street (Car Park) at Ringsend Road and Barrow Street, Dublin 4, bounded to the north by Ringsend Rd., to the south by adjacent office development (Mason Hayes Curran (“South Bank House”) and the Warehouse), to the east by Barrow Street and to the west by Grand Canal Dock. The site accommodates 4 protected structures including; Block B referred to as 1 Ringsend Road (RPS 7377); Block D comprising no’s 33 and 34 Barrow Street (RPS 483, 484); two storey brick gables of warehouses to south of Boland’s Mill (the ‘factory’ building) (RPS 485). These will be refurbished and incorporated into the overall development. There will be internal and external interventions to all protected structures. The development consists of: A mixed use scheme with a gross floor area above ground of some 36,759 sq. m. (comprising office (28,762 sq. m.), residential (42 no. units including 31 no. 2 bed units and 11 no. 3 bed units; 6,050 sq. m.), restaurant/cafe (1,184 sq. m.), retail (214 sq. m.) and cultural and exhibition (549 sq. m.) uses; provision of incidental parking, storage, plant and related uses at basement area of 11,477 sq.m. (overall gross floor area of scheme is some 48,236 sq. m.). The development includes 2 no. new build office buildings; 1 no. new build residential building; the restoration of existing Blocks A, B, C, D and the redevelopment of the Factory Building. The proposed development includes the demolition of structures on the site, including the former silo structures (Blocks E, F and G) as well as blocks H, J, K and L. The detailed description of the development is set out below: 1. Building A (2 storeys) located at the junction of Ringsend Rd. and Barrow St. will be retained and restored for retail (to include off licence use)/restaurant/cafe use. Interventions to include: reinstatement of roof and window opes; new windows to be installed to match original on north and south facades; new entrance door to Ringsend Rd. facade and new doors to be installed in existing opes in south facade. 2. Building B (comprising B1 – B5) (RPS 7377) (5 – 8 storeys) located on Ringsend Rd. will be retained and restored for office use. Restaurant/cafe/retail use to be provided at ground floor of B4 to B5. Interventions to include: reinstatement of timber roof trusses and roofs, with lantern roof to B5 (a later addition) to be removed; new windows to be installed on all facades to match original; window opes at ground floor north facade to be modified; new entrances to be provided on north and south elevations; removal of section of first floor to provide atrium; floors to be reinstated at original levels other than the removal of second floor in B3/B4 and the lowering of the existing ground floor in B4/B5; new metal roof . enclosure to B3; removal of plant enclosure at roof level over B3, projecting canopy and associated ducts / equipment over former truck loading area on Ringsend Rd. and metal roof cowels to ducts over B4 & B5. 3. Building C (6 storeys) fronting the Dock will be retained and restored for restaurant/cafe/retail use at ground floor and residential above to include 9 no. 3 bed units and 1 no. 2 bed unit. Interventions to include: replacement of later metal roof with natural slate roof; insertion of new floors; addition of new window opes on the W, N and S facades; enlargement of window opes on west facade to facilitate living spaces; addition of balconies to west elevation. 4. Building D (RPS 483, 484) (2 storeys plus basement) located on Barrow Street will be retained and restored for retail/cafe/ restaurant use. New glass and copper wrap around extension to existing building. Interventions to include: refurbishment/repair of roof and windows; addition of glazed rooflight at rear wall; restoration of floors at original levels; internal fabric refurbishment; repair of steps and railings and front area to Barrow Street. 5. Factory Building (RPS 485 two-storey brick gables): It is proposed to partially demolish the rear of the Factory Building and reconstruct the east gables in a line that generally aligns with the footprint of the adjoining Block C. The dockside gables will be restored. The Factory Building will accommodate cultural/exhibition use. Interventions include: section of side walls to be removed; existing stone gabled east facade to be disassembled and reconstructed in its new position, including realignment of arched openings and windows and formation of new door; new viewing window to be formed in south facade; new rooflight; existing balcony on the waterfront facade to be replaced with new balcony and second matching balcony to be installed on western gable. 6. Development to include all other associated internal and external works to Blocks A, B, C, D and the Factory Building. 7. New Office Building 1 is a 5 storey building fronting Barrow Street increasing to a maximum height of 14 storeys to accommodate (max. building height 53.65 m.) office accommodation and ancillary facilities including reception, meeting rooms and staff restaurant. Enclosed plant area at level 13. Roof terraces to be provided at floor levels 5, 11 and 12. 8. New Office Building 2 is a 5 storey building fronting Barrow Street increasing to a maximum height of 13 storeys (max. building height 49.85 m.) to accommodate office accommodation and ancillary facilities including reception, meeting rooms, plant and staff restaurant. Roof terraces to be provided at floor levels 5 and 11. 9. New Residential Building 3 is a 15 storey building (max. building height 47.8 m.) accommodating reception and plant at ground floor, gym at first floor and 30 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units above. A semi enclosed roof terrace is provided at 14th floor. Balconies on E, W, S elevations. 10. Three new pedestrian routes from Barrow Street (two of which also provide for service and emergency vehicle access/egress). New civic waterfront square adjacent to the Dock. A bridge link along the dock is proposed connecting the square to Mc Mahon Bridge, Ringsend Rd. Second open space to the south of the Factory Building. Development to include all hard and soft landscaping, lighting and planting. 2no. new mooring points for vessels, along the Grand Canal Dock – East Quay Wall. 11. Three levels of basement area are to be provided under Buildings 1, 2 and 3 to accommodate 136 no. car parking spaces, 350 no. of bicycle spaces and ancillary locker and shower facilities and plant. Basement to include lifts and stair cores. 12. Development to include new replacement basement vehicular access/egress ramp from Barrow Street. This is the main exit and entrance to the basement car park. Closure of existing basement ramp located adjacent to Mason Hayes Curran building (South Bank House). The new ramp will provide for continued vehicle access/egress to the existing South Bank House car park which adjoins the subject site to the immediate south. 13. Development to include demolition of existing ESB substation located adjacent to the Warehouse and Dock and new additional internal substations, all site development and ancillary works. An EIS will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the planning application and the EIS will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority. The application relates to a proposed development within a Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme area.

BKD Architects
6/7 Harcourt Terrace
Dublin 2
01 6182400 | architecture@bkd.ie | www.bkd.ie

John Spain Associates
50 Upper Mount Street
Dublin 2
01 6625803 | info@johnspainassociates.com | www.johnspainassociates.com

Mitchell & Associates
3rd Floor
148 Phibsboro Road
Dublin 7
01 4545066 | info@mitchellassoc.net | www.mitchell.ie

Consultant Engineer
Arup Ltd.
50 Ringsend Road
Dublin 4
01 2334455 | dublin@arup.com | www.arup.ie