Irish Minister for Housing turns the sod at Enniskerry Road
The Irish Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, was joined yesterday by over 100 people as he got Dublin’s new Enniskerry Road housing project under way by turning the first sod of earth at the site.
Enniskerry Road, a social and affordable housing scheme in south Dublin, comprises 155 units across three five-storey apartment blocks with single-level basements, two blocks of terraced housing and a community amenity facility.
Upon completion, the new homes will be offered at below-market rents, with 50 units rented to low and middle-income workers, at prices up to 30 per cent below market rents for the area, under a pilot cost-rental scheme. The remaining 105 homes will provide a welcome boost to Dublin’s social housing stock.
Eoghan Murphy, Irish Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, said; “Affordable home ownership is important but so is affordability for renters. The Government is taking the lead in helping those facing high rents. Today in Enniskerry I turned the sod on a new Cost Rental scheme – the first of many across Ireland.”
The ABK Architects-designed scheme, funded by the Housing Finance Agency, will be operated by Tuath and Respond Housing Agency upon completion.
Waterman’s team in Dublin are providing Structural, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical services for the scheme which will be constructed by Duggan Brothers.
Waterman’s Senior Engineer for the project, Fiona Kennedy, said; “We are delighted that this important social and affordable housing project has started construction, and we look forward to providing continued support during the construction phase.”
Project completion is forecast for 2021.