• 2 April 2019

Dublin residential boom puts Clongriffin on the map

Following a decade of stagnation in residential construction across Ireland, signs of a resurgence are everywhere to see. Set against city skylines now clustered with tower cranes, the construction industry is leading the charge as the country heads towards full employment.

Throughout the wider Dublin region, developers are now bringing forward residential opportunities, sparking a boom in the demand for associated infrastructure and amenities. This has generated a flurry of civil engineering schemes, delivering improvements in the region’s road, drainage, sewerage and transport networks, in readiness for progressive home building.

Waterman Moylan has been heavily involved with improving the region’s infrastructure over the last decade, delivering expert consultation and design for multiple schemes, alongside our work in central Dublin. Major projects in this area have included the Gannon Homes mixed-use development at Clongriffin on the northern fringe of Dublin. We provided all civil, structural and traffic engineering for master planning, planning and construction services for this new town.

The Clongriffin masterplan, prepared in the early 2000’s, included up to 80,000 m2 of retail, offices, leisure space, healthcare facilities, a nursing home and 3,500 residential units in a mix of apartments and housing. Development has proceeded in phases over the last decade, and has included the construction of all main infrastructure, incorporating a new railway station adjacent to a new central town square, a public bus terminus and a 1,200-space basement car park. Over 1,600 of the residential units and 14,000 m2 of commercial space have already been delivered, with a further 150 residential units under construction.

Currently, the mixed-use five-storey Block 2 is under construction, comprising commercial units at street level with 84 apartments above. Our team in Dublin are providing multidiscipline engineering services for Block 2, and for an additional 300 homes to the periphery of the site.

As the residential market gathers momentum, the Clongriffin development has swung back into action elsewhere and planning has now commenced for all remaining undeveloped areas within the site, which incorporates many of the plots that are more proximate to the Town Square and the associated public bus and rail links. These sites have been identified as capable of supporting greater height and density than the already completed residential perimeter blocks.

The planning scheme for the remaining undeveloped lots, designed by architectural practices Conroy Crowe Kelly, Wilson Architecture and Downey Planning and Architecture, features twelve separate mixed-use buildings, varying from 4 to 17 storeys.

The 1,500 residential units will offer a mix of apartments, private and social housing, alongside a new cinema, cafes and restaurants, retail units and community facilities at street level surrounding the Town Square.

The size of the proposed scheme is such that the planning application will follow the new fast-track Strategic Housing Development planning system, which allows planning applications to be submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala, the planning appeals board, and reduces the time required for a decision on large scale residential developments by a year or more.

Our team has been appointed to provide all civil, structural and traffic engineering services required for the planning scheme design. We are updating much of the underlying masterplan assumptions to consider challenging new conditions and increasing sustainability standards since the original conception of the new town. The revised streetscape will prioritise pedestrians, cyclist facilities and public transport provision, whilst also improving storm water management, building energy efficiency and building quality.

Paul O’Connell, Managing Director of Waterman Moylan, said; “We are delighted to continue our work on the Clongriffin new town, extending our relationship with G Gannon Properties as they shape the future of the community. With many of the apartment buildings designed specifically for the Build to Rent market, this is likely to attract significant interest from major long-term investors. With its excellent public transport connectivity to the main business districts in the city centre, the new residential units on offer will be in high demand.”

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