In the news this week:

 

“In October 2015, then minister for environment Alan Kelly announced six locations had been chosen for the first 500 homes. Two of the sites were in Dublin city at Ayrfield on the Malahide Road and Scribblestown in north Dublin, while a third was in the South Dublin County Council are at Corkagh Grange. Sites at Dunleer in Louth, Convent Lands in Wicklow Town and Craddockstown in Naas, Co Kildare were also selected.

 

While the sites are in four counties, Dublin City Council was selected as the contracting authority for the other councils. City councillors approved the overall plan in April of last year, although several councillors said they could not support a return to the PPP model, given previous negative experience, while others raised concerns about building large scale council housing estates with no social mix. Developer Bernard McNamara had backed out of a PPP deal to develop five city council sites for housing in 2008, leaving council housing flat complexes derelict…

 

While the previous PPP housing schemes included private homes, only social housing will be built on the six sites, with tenants allocated by the relevant local authority.

 

A single development consortium will build the homes across the four counties. Five groups made bids to build the homes, with three remaining in the running, these are: Torc Housing Partnership, involving, Tuath Housing Association as the tenant manager, with builders JJ Rhatigan, and equity providers Kajima Partnerships and Equitix; Comhar, involving Oaklee Housing with Sisk and Macquarie Corporate Holdings; and BAM PPP involving Circle Voluntary Housing Association and Bam Building.”

 

Link to the full Irish Times article here: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/contract-for-more-than-500-social-homes-to-be-awarded-1.3589740