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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.

March 2017 – 820 Construction Projects Commence

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Analysis of Construction Projects Commenced during March 2017

  Sector   Total     Largest Project Commenced
  Agriculture   17   €2.1 M – Agricultural Development in Aglish, Co. Waterford
  Civil   11   €6.7 M – Dublin Airport Authority Extension
  Commercial 36   €39 M – Office Extension IDA Technology Park Waterford
  Education 28   €2.9 M – School Development Cosmona, Co. Galway
  Industrial 19   €11 M – Celtic Pure Factory Extension, Co. Monaghan
  Medical 11   €7.3 M – Bon Secours Care Village Extension, Co. Cork
  Residential 51   €100 M – Mixed Development in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  Self-Build 637   450 Sq M – House & Garage Development in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
  Social 10   €2.2 M – Parish Church Extension in Kilternan, Co. Dublin


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Locations of largest commencements by sector – March 2017

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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

€15.3 Million Student Accommodation in Summerhill Dublin

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Commenced on 3rd August 2016

123-128 Summerhill
Backing onto 6, 7, 7A Gardiner Lane
Dublin 1

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Build Value Estimate: €15.3 Million
Commencement: 3 August 2016
Floor Area: 10,475.8 Sq M
Location: Map Link 

Description: The student development project will consist of modifications to extant permission Reg. Ref. 4521/08 (ABP Ref. PL.29N.233115), the duration of which was extended under Reg. Ref. 4521/08×1, comprising of the change of use from permitted hotel use to student accommodation use including internal and external modifications to the permitted scheme. Principal modifications include: modifications to the permitted internal layout to facilitate proposed change of use from hotel use to student accommodation use to provide a total of 374 no. student bed spaces and associated facilities including common/social spaces; study rooms; laundry room and facilities management offices and stores and the incorporation of a retail/café unit of approximately 96 sqm; omission of single storey element to the west of the site and replacement with courtyard/garden amenity space and 1 no. parking space for persons with disabilities; reduction in floor to floor heights from 2.85m to 2.7m on upper floor levels throughout the permitted scheme, and increase in ground floor from 4.7m to 5.4m (summerhill and central block only), allowing the incorporation of an additional floor in the block fronting onto Gardiner Lane (increase from 6 no. to 7 no. storeys onto Gardiner Lane with no overall increase in the permitted building height); modifications to the permitted eastern elevation to provide angled openings over the 7 no. permitted storeys; modifications to western elevations to replace green wall screen with angled windows over the 7 no. permitted storeys; omission of louvres from Gardiner Lane elevation; minor, localised, modification to the permitted footprint of the building together with associated modifications on all elevations; omission of permitted undercroft car parking (33 no. spaces) and replacement ancillary student accommodation uses; provision of a total of 332 no. bicycle parking spaces; conversion of permitted flat roof to roof gardens at seventh floor and eight floor levels (sixth and seventh floor level onto Summerhill Block and Central Blocks respectively); relocation of vehicular entrance on Summerhill and omission of vehicular exit (and associated ramp) onto Gardiner Lane, and all associated modifications to landscaping; boundary treatments; site and development works.

The proposed modifications result in an overall increase from 9,310 sqm gross floor area (excludes car parking area) to 10,475.8 sqm (or 10,157.9 sqm excluding ancillary bicycle parking; plant and bin storage area); the proposed modifications are generally within the extent of the development permitted under Reg. Ref. 4521/08 (ABP Ref. PL.29N.233115) and presents a total of 8 no. storeys onto Summerhill; 7 no. storeys within the central block and 7 no. storeys ( 1 no. additional floor incorporated into the permitted building extent) onto Gardiner Lane.

Summer Road Developments Ltd.
Block 1
Quayside Business Park

Declan Brassil & Co. Ltd
Declan Brassil
Lincoln House
Phoenix Street
Dublin 7
01 8746153 | info@dbcl.ie | www.dbcl.ie

McAleer & Rushe Group
Ryan Tierney
17-19 Dungannon Road
BT80 8TL
028 86763741 | info@mcaleer-rushe.co.uk | www.mcaleer-rushe.co.uk

Consulting Engineer
Conor Dwyer
4th Floor Adelphi Centre
George’s Street Upper
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
01 2383100 | www.aecom.com

Consulting Engineer
Caldwell Consulting Engineers
Alan Geddis
Unit 6 Forestgrove Business Park
077 33262778 | alan@caldwellconsulting.net | www.caldwellconsulting.co.uk

Consulting Engineer
Ruth Shilston
Unit 1 Tilers Road
Milton Keynes
MK11 3LH
01582 470250 | ruth.shilston@rwdi.com | www.rwdi.com

Future Analytics Consulting Ltd
23 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
01 6394836 | info@futureanalytics.ie | www.futureanalytics.ie

McAleer & Rushe Group
Dominic Trainor
17-19 Dungannon Road
BT80 8TL
028 86763741 | info@mcaleer-rushe.co.uk | www.mcaleer-rushe.co.uk

Urban Innovations Ltd.
Adrian Stewart
Wellington Buildings
2 Wellington Street
028 90435060 | ui@urbaninnovations.co.uk | urbaninnovations.co.uk

Landscape Architect
David Clarke Landscape Architect
David Clarke
645 Shore Road
Whiteabbey Village
Co. Antrim BT37 0ST
028 90867337 | info@david-clarke.net | www.david-clarke-landscape-architect.co.uk

TMS Environment Ltd.
Imelda Shanahan
53 Broomhill Drive
Dublin 24
01 4626710 | tms@tmsenv.ie | www.tmsenv.ie

ETHOS Engineering
Paul O’Neill
Apex Business Centre
Blackthorn Road
Dublin 18
01 2932220 | info@ethoseng.ie | www.ethoseng.ie

Major Residential Development Approved in Santry

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374 Units Residential Development Granted Planning Permission on 2nd June

Site: Santry Demesne, Northwood Avenue, Santry, Dublin 9

Residential Development Dublin

Application Date: 22 Sep 2015
Granted Date: 2 Jun 2016
Units: 374
Value Estimate: €109 Million

Description: Permission for modifications to planning permission Dublin granted under Reg. Ref. F04A/1562/E2 replacing 5 no. logistic warehouses (11,126sq.m), 23 no. 3 storey own door office buildings (9,696sq.m), 1 no. amenity building (1,700sq.m) and associated car parking with 374 no. residential units. The proposed residential development will consist of: 2 no. 6 storey apartment buildings and 1 no. 5 storey apartment building to contain 246 no. apartments with balconies comprising 22 no. 1-bedroon units, 213 no. 2-bedroom units and 11 no. 3-bedroon units, a reception area (98sq.m) and a crèche (461sq.m) positioned around a secure central courtyard (3,030sq.m) which will contain a gym (99sq.m) on a podium over a single level basement (9,648sq.m) containing 293 no. car parking spaces (with the remaining 71 no. at ground level), 133 no. bicycle spaces (with remaining the 113 no. at ground level), storage and plant; 120 no. 2 storey dwelling houses comprising 46 no. 3-bedroom units and 74 no. 4-bedroom units; 8 no. 5-bedroom 2.5 storey dwelling houses; all houses will have in-curtilage car parking; ancillary crèche parking and drop-off area; 2 no. ESB substations; attenuation; foul and surface water arrangements; internal roads and access; all associated boundary treatment works; services provision; landscaping; playground; and; site development works to also include the reconfiguration of the permitted commercial car parking servicing Swift Square Office Park all on a c.7.0 ha site.

Cosgrave Developments
15 Hogan Place
Grand Canal Street
Dublin 2
01 6110417
info@cosgravegroup.com www.cosgravegroup.com
RPS Group
Helena Gavin
West Pier Business Campus
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
01 4203100
McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects
Leanne Courtney
1 Albert Place West
Harcourt Lane,Dublin 2
01 478 8700
arch@mcorm.com | www.mcorm.com
Consulting Engineer
JB Barry Consulting Engineers
Classon House
Dundrum Business Park
Dublin 14
01 4851400
info@jbbarry.ie | www.jbbarry.ie
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Andrew O’Brien
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000
ocsc@ocsc.ie | www.ocsc.ie
AWN Consulting Ltd.
Damian Kelly
Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park
Dublin 17, 01 8474220
info@awnconsulting.com www.awnconsulting.com
Consulting Engineer
McElligott Consulting
Liam McElligott
H2a Centrepoint Business Park
Oak Road, Dublin 12
01 4243014
Doyle Kent Planning Partnership 
Jane Doyle
71 Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
087 6263918
info@doylekent.com www.doylekent.com
Sabre Electrical Services Ltd.
Graham Sheehan
Unit 11 Bellvue Industrial Estate
Finglas, Dublin 11
Faith Wilson Ecological Consultant
Faith Wilson
Kilnamanagh Farm
Kilnamanagh Beg
Co. Wicklow
Landscape Architect
Kevin Fitzpatrick Landscape Architecture
Kevin Fitzpatrick
94 Foxfield Grove
Raheny, Dublin 5
01 4440724
info@kfla.ie | www.kfla.ie
Geraghty Energy Consultants
B17 Ballymount Corporate Park
Ballymount Avenue
Dublin 12
01 5329363
The Tree File Ltd. (Consulting Arborists)
Andy Worsnop
Brookfield House
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin
01 2833500

Residential and Self Build Construction Projects Commenced

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Residential and Self Build Construction Sector

According to BuildingInfo.com research, 1884 Residential Development and Self Build construction projects have commenced since the first of January in the republic of Ireland.  The research highlights that 1742 of these were Self Build construction projects with the remaining projects being Multi-unit Residential developments.

Residential and Self Build Construction

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Housing Construction sector, is there a recovery, and if so, is it enough?

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Article written by CEO Danny O’Shea for Sunday Business Post

Sunday Business Post

Anecdotal evidence suggests a broad recovery in the residential construction sector, however is it unclear where the recovery is, what is its magnitude and is it sustainable? New figures soon to be released from www.buildinginfo.com shed some light on the specifics of this recovery and point to some answers.

There are three aspects to the residential construction sector 1. The home improvement/extension sector 2. The self build “one –off” sector and 3. The residential development sector.

The home improvement/extension sector is not defined by geographic or demographic factors and is a useful indicator of broad economic activity. Figures show that the number of extension type projects that started  in 2015 was circa 5,100,  an increase of 3%  and 10% respectively when compared to 2014 and 2013. However this number only measures projects that required planning permission (i.e. greater than 40 sq mtr) so it would fair to assume it represents only the tip of the home improvement iceberg and that the real volume of activity in this  sector would be a multiple of that figure.

The one-of house sector which accounts for approx. 3,000 units a year is largely, but not exclusively, a rural phenomenon. One-off houses made up almost half of the entire housing units commenced in the Connacht/Ulster region in 2015, for example. This sector underwent some turbulent times recently with the introduction of the new building regulations in March 2014. Initially there was a surge of commencements in early 2014 followed by a fallow period for the remainder of that year as the impact of the regulations hit home. Overall commencements  for 2014 were up 35% on 2013. This level of growth was obviously unsustainable and this is evident in the fact that 2015 numbers were down 9% when compared to 2014. There has been a subsequent roll-back on the building regulations with regard to one-off house whereby the owner/builder can elect to opt-out. The impact of this change has yet to be fully seen.  On the positive side if compared to 2013, 2015 shows healthy 22% increase. Planning applications for one-off houses are up 20% year on year  2014 vs 2015 to almost 7,000 this is the highest figure in some years.

Residential Commencements

Exclusive research undertaken by Building Information Ireland shows that residential development projects with a total unit count of 15,500 started in 2015. This is an increase of 126% on 2014. The regional breakdown shows that over half of these are in Dublin and 30% in the rest of Leinster. Typically these are multiphase developments and will not be completed in one year. Although 2015 has been by far the strongest year since 2008 it falls significantly short of the 25,000 units per year required as suggested by recent ESRI reports. Further analysis shows that the lead time from submission of application for a residential development to actual commencement is 121 weeks. This suggests that permissions are in place for developments but the climate to start is not quite there yet. Fresh thinking will be required to break the impasse  and square the circle of consumer demand, build price and available credit to potential homebuyers. 

Overall the metrics are all pointing in the right direction and recoveries of varying sorts are underway depending on location and we hope it is sustainable.  Full analysis of the construction industry by sector available from www.buildinginfo.com.

Article can be viewed on Sunday Business Post website

Gredorwood – One of Ireland’s Finest Bespoke Furniture Specialists

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Interview with Garrett Gregan & Diarmuid Doran of Gredorwood


How do Gredorwood specialise for the Irish construction sector?

As a specialist fitted furniture company, Gredorwood offer a comprehensive range of generic and bespoke products and ranges. We cater for our clients needs, ideas and budgets.

The work we carry out includes:

  • Fitted Kitchens
  • Fitted Utility Rooms
  • Fitted & Free Standing Wardrobes
  • Fitted Living Room Units
  • Free Standing Bespoke Furniture 
  • Fitted Under-Stair Storage
  • Wheelchair Accessible Kitchens
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Kitchen Renovation
Gredorwood Shaker Style kitchen

Fig 1 – Painted Grey, Shaker Style Kitchen with solid oak worktop

What makes Gredorwood unique?

Gredorwood is a complete fitted furniture company, from initial plans to final installation. We take care of it all. We work with our clients to meet their needs and provide for them exactly as they require. Every project undertaken, gets the time, effort, dedication and workmanship that it truly deserves. We enjoy our work greatly,always thinking and acting on how we can offer what others can’t.

We never accept anything less than 100% from ourselves. All our materials used are of the highest quality that is on the market.

Gredorwood Blue and White Painted

Fig. 2 – Blue and White Painted Kitchen with Quartz Worktop

The construction industry is emerging from a sustained period of contraction. Where are the growth areas for your business?

The main areas for growth in 2016 will be projects within the construction and private residential sector in Ireland. Construction developments such as houses, apartments, schools or prestige office developments will often require high end fitted furniture with a strong emphasis on the aesthetic as well as the practicality.

Having already delivered top quality fitted furniture to a number of developments and homes over the past two to three years we believe that hard earned experience should be of value when discussing fitted furniture options on new developments.

Gredorwood recent fitted kitchen

Fig. 3 – Recently fitted kitchen on one of Gredorwood sites where they supplied and fitted kitchens and wardrobes

What recent projects have you been involved in?

Over the last couple of years we have been very fortunate to work with extremely good and professional construction companies such as Robeco Construction, RTJ Construction and Mackee Construction. We are proud to say that we supply and fit kitchens, utility rooms and wardrobes for Robeco Construction on their sites in Gorey, Co. Wexford and Wicklow Town. We are also very proud to supply RTJ Construction with their fitted furniture for all of their school developments. Towards the end of 2015 we were very grateful to be enlisted by Mackee Construction to do their fitted furniture in a new Community Centre in Carnew, Co. Wicklow.

While working on all these projects, we also take great pride on making and installing be-spoke kitchens and wardrobes for our many private customers throughout Ireland.

Gredorwood Lime Green Kitchen

Fig. 4 – Lime Green and White Hi-Gloss Kitchen

How optimistic are you going into 2016?

We are very optimistic! We have seen through the number of new enquiries we have had this year that the Irish economy is rebounding strongly. There is a sense of confidence back in the country that has been missed in recent years

You’ve recently subscribed to Building Info – has it been beneficial to date?

Absolutely – BuildingInfo gives us a platform to promote Gredorwood and engage with the construction market. BuildingInfo has given us the opportunity to see new developments that are upcoming and allows us to put our name out there to potential new clients. They have been extremely helpful to us and we very much appreciate their great work.


Details on Gredorwood range of products and expertise can be found on their website.

Call Garrett Gregan (087 6618081) or email / Call Diarmuid Doran (087 2064427) or email