Maplewood Residential and Grandbrind Limited are to commence construction on a 1,034-home development at Kilcarbery in Clondalkin next week, the first public-private housing project of its kind to get underway in the country. Up to 200 construction jobs will be created through this innovative project, with the phased return of residential construction starting from 12 April. The construction of Kilcarbery Grange is the first development to emerge from the major urban housing initiative of the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland plan. The project is a joint partnership between the state and the house builders to activate publicly owned land and develop sustainable, urban neighbourhoods with a mix of social, affordable and private housing.
Kilcarbery Grange is partly funded by the Department of Housing through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), with the state providing upgrades to nearby roads, and water and waste infrastructure to facilitate the project. The development will be built on a 72-acre publicly owned site, with 30% of homes being used for public housing. Phase 1, comprising 230 units, is to start immediately and due for completion in September 2022.
Speaking ahead of the construction, Alex Brett, Director at Maplewood Residential said: “Maplewood and Grandbrind successfully tendered for this project back in 2018 and have been working on the planning and design of Kilcarbery Grange in Dublin 22 for the past three years. The closing of construction has created huge difficulties for the housing supply in Ireland, so we look forward to turning the sod on this new project as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Maplewood and Grandbrind Limited have been building houses in Dublin for over 35 years. The firms are currently active on several other developments around Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare, which will also be reopening. Maplewood has just successfully completed Phase Two of DodderBrook in Dublin 24 which consisted of 134 houses and where there is currently full planning for a further 85 houses in Phase 3.
“With more than 1,000 homes, Kilcarbery Grange will make a huge contribution to housing in Dublin by building a large sustainable and connected community. This new estate is very much designed with families and communities in mind, and we are excited to begin construction from next week and welcoming people to their new homes as soon as possible.”
Located next to the 120-hectare Corkagh Park, Kilcarbery Grange will be built around a new village centre with community retail and crèche facilities. The development is designed by award-winning architect BKD and marketed by DNG New Homes and includes a mix of three and four-bedroom houses; one, two, and three-bedroom apartments; and three-bedroom duplexes.