Council signs contracts to build 88 Social Houses
CONTRACTS FOR SEVEN HOUSING SCHEMES WORTH €17M
Kerry County Council (6th February 2020) signed contracts to start the construction of seven different housing schemes which will add 88 houses to Kerry’s social housing stock.
The seven contracts, which are worth a combined €17m, will see the construction of social housing in Ardfert, Kenmare, Lixnaw, Rathmore, Ballybunion and Glenbeigh.
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, welcomed the contract signings and pointed to the quality of social houses provided in Kerry.
“We are fortunate to have quality construction companies in Kerry whose experience and track record in the delivery of housing projects is second to none,” he said. “This has enabled Kerry County Council to quickly progress projects such as these.”
The Cathaoirleach also referenced the new building standards which these houses will be constructed under. “Modern building standards have greatly improved over the past decade, and those living in these new houses will benefit from high energy efficiency standards that will significantly reduce energy consumption.”
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, also welcomed the signing of the contracts, highlighting that all 88 houses were due for completion before the end of the year.
“The provision of suitable housing for people all over Kerry is a key objective for this Council,” she explained. “We have a large housing stock of over 4,000 social houses in Kerry, and we are continually seeking ways to ensure that those looking for housing options in Kerry are catered for, not just in the larger towns, but all around the county.
“Under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, we have been set high targets for the provision of additional social housing and our aim is to achieve those targets, whether through Build, Acquisition or Leasing.
“In particular, I want to pay tribute to our Housing Capital Infrastructure Unit for advancing these projects through the design and planning stage, so that when funding becomes available, we are in a position to progress these projects.”
Áit Ardeaglais, Farranwilliam, Ardfert
Ned O’Shea and Sons Construction Ltd have been awarded the contract to construct 22 new social houses in Farranwilliam, Ardfert. The development comprises 10 three-bedroomed houses, 6 two-bedroomed houses and 6 one- bedroom apartments. The Design Team includes MRG Consulting Engineers and Giles O’Connor Consulting Engineers Ltd. The project is due for completion in November 2020.
Ard Bhearna, Gortamullin, Phase 4
Kerry County Council has awarded a contract for the construction of 14 new social houses in Gortamullin, Kenmare to KPH Construction. The development of three-bedroomed houses is due for completion in November 2020. Healy Partners Architects, DRA Consulting and Fahy O’ Riordan Consulting Engineers form the Design Team.
Baile An Gharraí, Lixnaw, Phase 5
Kerry County Council has awarded a contract for the construction of 10 new social houses in Baile An Gharraí, Lixnaw to Parkway Contracts Ltd. The development comprising 2 two-bedroomed houses and 8 three-bedroomed houses is due for completion in December 2020. Healy Partners Architects, DRA Consulting and Fahy O’ Riordan Consulting Engineers form the Design Team.
Áit Manach, Rathmore
Kerry County Council has awarded a contract for the construction of 20 new social houses in Rathmore to Parkway Contracts Ltd. The development of three-bedroomed houses is due for completion in December 2020. The development is designed by Kane Williams Architects Ltd, Malachy Walsh & Partners Consulting Engineers and John Kelleher Building Engineers.
A contract has been signed between Kerry County Council and Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd. for the construction of 20 new social houses in Ballybunion. The development of two and three-bedroomed houses is due for completion in December 2020. The development is designed by Vincent Hannon Architects, DRA Consulting and Don O’Malley & Partners Ltd.
2 Single Rural Dwellings, Glenbeigh
Two individual contracts to construct single rural dwellings at two locations in Glenbeigh have been signed between Kerry County Council and Behy Construction Ltd. Both dwellings are due for completion in September 2020.