Irish Universities UCD and UCC have recently announced major investments in their development programmes in the short term. UCD is seeking Fast Track Planning permission for a new, 3000 Student bed accommodation development on Campus from An Bord Pleanala. This is the first application to use the new Strategic Housing Development system which allows applications…

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The official opening of the latest stretch of the M18 motorway, linking Gort and Tuam took place last week. This represents yet another essential upgrade in the road network throughout Ireland. Civil and Transportation Engineers and other Construction Professionals contributed essential expertise to the project which cost in the region of €500 million. Civil Infrastructure…

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  The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland have recently published a report highlighting the inordinate delays in the planning process and in the provision of essential services for housing projects. Architects and Engineers when interviewed, pointed out that the Planning Authorities are seriously deficient in staffing levels both in Town Planners, Engineers and Architects….

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The Construction industry is showing no signs of slowing down in the first half of 2017. Architects and Engineers are noticing an increase in the construction costs over the same period last year. Chartered Surveyors have noticed an increase in construction tender prices of 2.6% in the first half of 2017 and are predicting a…

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It now appears that the Government has finally woken up to the need to make major decisions relating to the eventuality of a hard Brexit decision, and the consequent impact such an outcome will have for the Irish economy, and our need to access continental markets hitherto accessed through the Northern Ireland ports and infrastructure….

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  The Irish Government has finally given effect to the commitment made under the Rebuild Ireland initiative which was first tabled in July 2015, to establish a system which will enable large scale for Housing related developments to be submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala. The previous system designated the Local Authority as being the…

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Housing

Recent developments in the construction industry in Ireland has shown a marked increase by Private and Institutional investors in the provision of housing both for Build –to-Rent and Affordable Housing. Current estimates indicate that there is between €2 billion and €3 billion in institutional capital looking at the build-to-rent sector in Ireland, according to Tim…

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CIVIL ENGINEERS

  The upcoming negotiations on Brexit, show all the signs of being a difficult, and probably a ‘no holds barred’ process. One of the likely outcomes will be a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. This will have very serious implications for our infrastructure of roads and harbours. One of the benefits of…

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A recent, wide ranging interview with Dermot Byrne, President of Engineers Ireland, highlighted the need for high quality infrastructure which is vital to Irish society, and the continuing improvement of the Irish economy. This is all the more vital as the economy moves into recovery phase. Mr. Byrne emphasised the need to develop a transport…

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Civil Engineers

    There is a growing demand from developers and the CIF for Government to seek extra EU funds to invest in a whole raft of new infrastructure projects across the country. Shortfalls in enabling works that support the provision of buildings whether housing, commercial or industrial are now critical. Infrastructure such as roads, water…

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