Well done to Townmore design and delivery partners at McCullough Mulvin Architects for receiving The Plan Award 2020 for the renovation design of the iconic Cathal Brugha Barracks Storage Building on Military Road in Dublin 6.
Earlier this week, the Townmore site team at Carrs Lane hosted a number of VIP guests. An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, accompanied by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O'Brien TD, Mayor of Fingal County Council David Healy and Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Ann Marie Farrelly, joined representatives from Respond Housing for a site tour of Carrs Lane, Malahide Road, Dublin 17.
The Townmore team commenced works on site at Blanchardstown, Dublin for Edwards, the leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, exhaust management systems and related value-added services globally: www.edwardsvacuum.com
Earlier this month Associate Director at Townmore, Mark Cronin, joined James Benson of the Construction Industry Federation and the Irish Home Builders Association on iPropertyRadio.com to discuss the past decade of growth at Townmore, the recent impact of the pandemic on live projects and the logistics of navigating Covid-19 safely on 13 active construction sites, spread across 9 counties.
Present on the day was Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, who praised both the Paddy McGrath Housing Project staff and Townmore for their hard work and perseverance in delivering the project, which will contribute to the government’s overall homelessness action plan.
This €7.0 million project was scheduled for a 12-month build programme (prior to the shutdown). The inaccessibility of this busy, city centre site demanded a more thoughtful design solution and careful planning in terms of logistics, site set up and traffic management. The overall works included the demolition of an existing four-storey building and the construction of an eight-storey over basement micro-sleeper hotel, comprising 90 bed spaces/ 73 bedrooms together with a bar on the ground floor.
The study concludes that the total cost of designing, planning and constructing a home, including a fair sum for profit and risk, means that building the right housing, in the right areas, is simply not always viable. This issue is more pronounced in urban areas when the cost of delivery exceeds the point of affordability for many first time buyers.
Carrs Lane in North Dublin is a private residential development off the Malahide Road, Dublin 17 consisting of 59 apartments together with car and bike parking, a substation and communal green space. Prior to the construction getting underway, preparatory site works included the demolition of two large commercial buildings and a detached residence. Also, mature trees were retained on site and worked into the overall development design to ensure environmental benefits for future occupiers.
It is worth noting that BUILD 2020 signals a change in how investment is made in public infrastructure for Ireland. There is a clear ambition to move away from the previous approach that - in the words of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath - “saw public investment spread too thinly and investment decisions that didn’t align with a well-thought-out and defined strategy”.
The Granby Lane project rapidly approaches handover with the apartments receiving their final finishing touches. The mixed use development for The Paddy McGrath Housing Fund consists of 9 well laid out apartments, each of which have a large bay window off the open plan sitting/dining room, combined with offices and retail space on the ground floor...