Kevin James Shares SCSI Report with Government Housing Committee

Yesterday our Managing Director Kevin James and Oakmount’s Lisa Rocca shared insights with the joint committee of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on behalf of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

A range of short, medium and long-term actions were tabled to help make residential projects more viable. There followed a Q&A session with the 13 Deputies and Senators in attendance, with the focus on construction costs and a series of recommendations to improve the speed and cost efficiency of construction.

The opening statement by the SCSI is available here and the full submission, here.

A recording of the session, which includes the opening statements by the panel and an extensive Q&A session is available here.

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Planning Granted for 488 homes in Cherrywood Village

We are delighted to report that planning permission has been granted for 488 new homes at Cherrywood Village, South County Dublin for Quintain Ireland.

Nestled within the Cherrywood SDZ, there is provision for over 4,300sqm of communal amenity space for residents across a series of landscaped courtyards and roofs. There is also provision for over 7,000sqm of public open space, including a neighbourhood plaza, two pocket parks, and extra cycle and pedestrian paths. Further information can be found on

Cogent Associates are providing Cost Management services on this residential development that includes 427 apartments, 61 duplexes and triplexes.

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Planning Lodged for 881 Resi Units in Dundrum Village

Another key milestone this week – planning lodged for 881 high end residential apartments, part of the Dundrum Village SHD, for our client Hammerson.

Comprising 88,442 sqm GFA, the residential element is part of a masterplan development for a mixed-use scheme and new Dundrum village quarter.

The vision for Dundrum village is to deliver a contemporary and vibrant place to live, underpinned by the re-establishment of the traditional shopping thoroughfare along the existing Main Street in Dundrum. The scheme will re-establish the building line on Main Street, create new public spaces within and through the site, alongside a series of connected and landscaped courtyard developments.

Cogent are providing Project Management Services and are working with GRID architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects on this new development.

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Cluid Housing Kerry – Rapid Build & Energy Efficient

With housing shortages and the EU’s NZEB deadline for newbuilds looming, the social housing developments by Cluid in Co. Kerry are current examples of rapid build and energy efficient construction.

Cogents experience with this development, combined with DCC’s modular building projects, is providing us with valuable insights into new construction methods, designed to meet the current demands facing the housing sector.

The major challenge, as outlined in the SCSIs most recent Tender Price Index Report, is the skill shortages. With costs forecast to rise another 6.3pc this year, well-informed, fact-based decision making will be crucial.

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