Dun Laoghaire social hous­ing scheme scoops award and de­liv­ers on time

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

Hats off to Dún Laoghaire Rath­down County Coun­cil for the re­cent com­ple­tion of 12 new social hous­ing units in Dun Laoghaire which have been awarded a Sil­ver Award by the Ir­ish Green Build­ing Coun­cil.

Built as part of a rapid de­liv­ery pro­gramme the 10 two-bed ter­raced houses and two two-bed semi-de­tached houses, lo­cated in the cen­tre of Dún Laoghaire, on for­mer coun­cil land at Ge­orge’s Place, were de­signed and built by John Sisk & Son, and were com­pleted to the high­est of stan­dards.

They will pro­vide much needed homes in the area as part of DLRCoCo’s tar­get to de­liver 1,563 social hous­ing homes by 2021.

The neat row of houses tucked into a dense ur­ban area are built to a high de­sign spec­i­fi­ca­tion us­ing the lat­est build­ing tech­niques.

The en­ergy ef­fi­cient homes meet the near Zero En­ergy Build­ings ‘nZEB’ spec­i­fi­ca­tion that will be­come manda­tory for all hous­ing stock in the near fu­ture, and they of­fer a great ex­am­ple of the qual­ity that can be achieved de­spite the rapid built man­date.

Speak­ing at the launch of the new homes, Stephen Bow­cott, chief ex­ec­u­tive of John Sisk & Son said: “This is our first de­liv­ery of social houses since 2009 and we are quite proud to confirm that it is be­ing de­liv­ered early, by three weeks. We have also proven that builders on a de­sign, build and fi­nance ba­sis can de­liver homes at a far lower cost than de­vel­op­ers who take the risk of spec­u­la­tively pur­chas­ing land up front for the car­rot of big mar­gins.”

The new homes scored high on the Home Per­for­mance In­dex for “walk­a­bil­ity”, thereby lim­it­ing the need for cars be­cause of their ac­ces­si­bil­ity for both young and old ten­ants to nearby ameni­ties and ser­vices.

The prop­er­ties all have a Build­ing En­ergy Rat­ing (BER) of A1, heat re­cov­ery ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems that de­liver good in­door air qual­ity and triple glazed win­dows.

The new ten­ants will move in in the com­ing weeks.

Built as part of a rapid de­liv­ery pro­gramme the 10 two-bed ter­raced houses and two two-bed semi-de­tached houses will pro­vide much needed homes in the area as part of DLRCoCo’s tar­get to de­liver 1,563 social hous­ing homes by 2021

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