The Government is set to announce a massive, €100 billion, ten year capital investment plan in the coming week which will be very welcome news to Architects and Engineers involved in the construction and infrastructure industries. The plan will see Ireland’s long awaited investment in rail, roads, broadband, hospitals, universities and housing, which have…

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There is some very good news here for those looking to buy a property. The Central Bank has just announced an increase of 82% in the production of completed housing units for the year on year figures to the end of October. This trend is destined to continue un-abated in the coming year, and in…

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  Andrew McDowell, vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) while speaking at a conference of investment in European infrastructure recently, highlighted the issue of further significant investment in Ports, Airports and Roads, as previously mentioned in these columns. Increase in investment A very large increase in investment will require many Civil and Structural…

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Housing Crisis

    At a recent conference in Dublin, the developer Richard Barrett of Bartra Capital Property cast doubts on whether the Government’s estimates of a requirement for 91,600 new houses to meet the existing crisis. He estimates that the figure is, in fact, 175,000, which is families needing a home which they will eventually own….

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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 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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