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Construction of over 100 apartments begins in Dundrum

By | Industry News

Construction has begun on a residential scheme set to deliver 122 apartments in Dundrum.

A joint venture by Dundrum Town Centre owners Hammerson and Allianz Real Estate, the project titled “The Ironworks” is located on the Sandyford Road entrance of the Dundrum Estate.

The apartments will be professionally managed on a long-term rental basis, with 107 of these to be located within The Ironworks – consisting of one studio, 50 one-beds and 56 two-beds.

A further 15 one-bed apartments will be built within Dundrum Town Centre.

On top of the over 100 “sustainably-built homes”, the development will also include a co-working space, a residents’ lounge, a gym, a panoramic terrace and a new coffee shop.

The building will have solar photovoltaics and a green roof.

As part of Hammerson’s first Irish residential-led scheme, all homes will be designed to optimise light and heat recovery ventilation.

Social housing will also be “fully integrated” into the plan with the development set to be completed by 2025.

“Working with our chosen construction partner, Glenbeigh Construction Limited, and other skilled Irish design and operational partners, our vision is to create a sustainable residential development for the local community,” said Connor Owens, Ireland’s Managing Director Asset Management in Hammerson.

“The Ironworks will foster a vibrant community attuned to the heritage and culture of the area.

“We hope this will be a benchmark for residential-led developments for generations to come.”

Nicole Hötsch, Head of Investments & Strategic Development for North & Central Europe at Allianz Real Estate, said they are excited to bring “much-needed residential stock” to the Dublin market.

“The residential sector is one of the most prominent, institutional, stable asset classes benefitting from long-term trends which have created an urgent demand for housing in most cities around the world.”

Jointly owning Dundrum Town Centre with Allianz, Hammerson also owns Dublin’s Ilac Centre and Sword Pavillions with Irish Life.

Almost 1,000 homes to be built on former Dundrum hospital grounds in SHD development

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Nearly 1,000 homes are set to be built on the lands of the former Dundrum Central Mental Hospital.

The Land Development Agency announced its intentions to apply to An Bord Pleanala for a 10-year permission for a Strategic Housing Development on the grounds of the former hospital.

In current plans, the site is squarely placed in the immediate area of a number of proposed protected structures, namely the ‘Asylum’, the ‘Catholic Chapel’, and the ‘Hospital Building’.

With a total application site area of c.9.6 ha, the development will consist of 977 residential units – almost all apartments.

Of the 957 apartments, 423 will be one bedroom units, 317 will be two bedroom units (for four people), 37 will be two bedroom units (for three people), 110 will be three bedroom units and 53 will be studio apartments.

Further 17 apartments will be duplex, consisting of three bedroom units and 14 three bedroom units.

Current plans see all apartments having private balconies and terraces as well as a communal amenity open space provision – including courtyards and a roof garden.

Of the other homes envisioned, 20 two and three storey houses are in current provisions, consisting of seven three bedroom units and 13 four bedroom units.

The development will also consist of 3,889 sqm of non-residential uses with the change of use and renovation of the existing single storey Gate Lodge building to provide a café.

A restaurant, six retail units, a medical unit, a community centre and a childcare facility with an associated outdoor play area are also included in the application.

The development will consist of the demolition of existing structures on the site, including a single storey former swimming pool and sports hall, a two storey redbrick building, a single storey ancillary and temporary structures and removal of existing internal subdivisions/ fencing, including removal of security fence at Dundrum Road entrance.

A demolition of a section of the porch and glazed screens at Gate Lodge building, the removal of walls adjacent to the Main Hospital Building and alterations and removal of sections of the wall to the Walled Garden are also included in current plans.

Provisions for public open spaces, cycle and pedestrian routes and parking are also accounted for.

Vehicles will be able to access the site from the existing access area off Dundrom Road and a new access area also off Dundrum Road to the south.