Lawlor Burns & Associates Complete Phase One & Two for Laurelville Project

Lawlor Burns & Associates have successfully completed phase one & two of a 24 unit development site at Laurelville, Mill Road in Corbally, Co. Limerick.

Oh behalf of the client, Lawlor Burns & Associates were appointed as Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers. The project scope was to deliver these 24 units as turnkey to the end purchasers.

Phase one of the project required major infrastructural works to the services connections. Infrastructure work was also required for the top of Mill Road, including the introduction of a pedestrian footpath as a planning permission condition. This needed to be completed prior to commencement of the main development.

Lawlor Burns & Associates worked closely with LCCC planning and engineering departments to deliver this first phase.

The design team is led by Gary Lawlor of Lawlor Burns & Associates with lead design by Neil Fanning of OCA Architects and Fran Hardiman and Dermot Kelly providing Civil, Structural Engineering & Assigned Certifier, Planning Consultants Rob Nowlan of RW Nowlan and Associates. Landscaping is provided by Nic De Jong and Quantity Surveying / Cost Management by Brian O’Sullivan of Lawlor Burns & Associates.

The Construction Management team is led by Steven Lawlor as Project Director and Kenneth Laurence as Site Manager. Ken Mahon is client representative on behalf of Laurelville.

The development was launched on Saturday, 30 March and the team at Lawlor Burns & Associates would like to wish the very best of luck to the Laurelville Sales team led by John Simpson, Joanne O’Dwyer and Joe Wheeler Auctioneers, with our Legal Adviser, Fergal McNamara of Hogan, Dowling, McNamara.

The project finance was supplied by Santiago Capital and Beacon Capital.

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Lawlor Burns & Associate to Commence Work on Punches Cross Student Village Project

Lawlor Burns & Associates have been appointed as Client Representatives, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors on the Punches Cross Student Village project. This development will be the first ever Strategic Housing Development (SHD) fast track planning proposal to be lodged in Limerick City.

This impressive student accommodation project for Punches Cross Student Village will consist of 324 students housed in a cluster, with 10 one bed apartments, 20 two bed apartments and two three bed apartments.

The development will cover an area over 11,000 square metres at a development site that has been empty for over ten years. Two small ancillary commercial units as part of the student services will also be developed for this project.

The team is led by Gary Lawlor of Lawlor Burns & Associates with lead design by Neil Fanning of OCA Architects and Pierce McGann providing civil structural engineering, Ross Bryant JBA Environmental Engineers, Planning Consultants Henk Van Der Kamp and Rob Nowlan of RW Nowlan and Associates. Urban design / landscaping is provided by Nic De Jong and quantity surveying / cost management by Brian O’Sullivan of Lawlor Burns and Associates.

Gary Lawlor said “It has been a very interesting experience for our team working through the new strategic housing fast track planning system, and we would thank the LCCC planning department for the engagement a guidance a local level prior to meeting An Bord Pleanala. This project will see the development of a state of the art apartment building that will provide much needed accommodation in the area for students of the Mary Immaculate Teacher training college, which located 300 metres from the site.”

The team hope to lodge the application by the end of March 2019 on behalf of Cloncarragh Developments.

Social Housing

Will NAMA deliver on promise of 20,000 houses by 2020?

With recent media articles publishing statements from the Nation Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on its plans to return a surplus of €3.5 billion to the Exchequer by 2020, it is worth assessing how likely their target for 20,000 new houses realistically is.

Based on the end of year report by NAMA, the state agency has reportedly generated €3.3 billion last year bringing the total generated since its creation in late 2009 to €44 billion. This news story was accompanied by a statement from their Chief Executive Brendan McDonagh stating that the agency had enjoyed “another very successful year”.

NAMA have made a commitment to fund the delivery of new homes throughout Ireland, it has been reported that 9,700 houses have been built as a result of NAMA funding between 2014 and 2018. Construction in currently under way on 3,000 homes, and planning permission received for an additional 6,400 houses.

The rate of social houses being developed has reduced significantly over the last few years. NAMA has delivered 2,456 social houses from 2012 to the end of 2017. This only increased to just 2,475 by the end of 2018. This has resulted in social homes being provided for approximately 8,000 people.

Media reports have stated that NAMA is only able to transfer the stock it inherited after the financial crisis into social housing, therefore its ability to supply social houses to local authorities will not continue at the same rate.

NAMA have gone on record and stated that they have invested €350 million in remediating, completing and purchasing properties for social housing use. Many of these social houses are situated in former unfinished “ghost” housing estates and NAMA has reduced the number of these estates on its books from 33 in 2010 to four at the end of 2018.

Although there have been some positive developments with social housing projects over the last few years, there is still much that needs to be done. The media spotlight on homeless families in Ireland over recent years has highlighted the housing crisis that Ireland is currently experiencing.

The target of 20,000 houses promised by NAMA are essential with a dramatic increase in housing needed over the next ten years to accommodate our ever-growing population. The probability of these houses being delivered looks very unlikely.