Press Release - Minister Opens Roscommon Housing Developments

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Minister Opens Roscommon Housing Developments

Mr. Darragh O’Brien T.D., Minister of Housing, Local Government & Heritage visited Roscommon on Monday 29th November to officially open 3 new housing developments at Roscommon town and Ballyleague.

 

In the presence of Joe Murphy Cathaoirleach, Eugene Cummins Chief Executive, Senators and Councillors the following developments were unveiled.

 

Douglas Drive, Roscommon

Minister O’Brien officially opened the 53-unit Public Private Partnership (“PPP) development at Douglas Drive, Roscommon.

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These ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes were delivered as part of the 2nd bundle in the Social Housing PPP programme, which consists of 465 homes in eight schemes across six counties – Roscommon, Cork, Kildare, Galway, Waterford and Clare. The PPP model involves a contract to design, build, finance and maintain the development for 25 years following construction completion.   The Torc Housing Partnership was awarded the contract with the consortium comprising of JJ Rhatigan and OHL (construction contractors), Equitix Ltd. and Kajima Partnerships Ltd (equity providers), Derwent FM (facilities management contractor) and Tuath Housing Association (tenancy management provider). Debt funding for this PPP project was provided by NordLB and Bank of Ireland.

 

Roscommon Co. Council collaborated with multiple stakeholders on this project, including the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage who acted as the approving authority, the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) who acted as the procuring authority, project manager and financial advisor, and the five other local authorities in the bundle.

 

The Development comprises two distinct halves, the northern upper half with vehicular access from The Walk Road consists of 15 two-bedroom, single-story units and 13 three-bedroom, two-story units. The southern lower half with access from Cluain Fraoigh, Lanesboro Road consists of 9 two-bedroom, single-storey units and 16 three-bedroom, two-storey units.

 

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A specially commissioned plaque was unveiled by the Minister to commemorate the completion of 7 bespoke homes at Cluain Froaigh, winner of The Irish Council for Social Housing Allianz Biennial Community Housing Award for best development under the ‘Housing for Families’ category. The scheme was designed by Sweeney Architects of Longford and constructed by FVG Construction of Galway.

The final product has delivered high quality, attractive and modern ‘A’ energy rated houses with generous private open spaces and a pleasant public realm area.

 

 

Meadowbrook, Ballyleague

Finally, 16 social homes at Meadowbrook Ballyleague were unveiled after completion of the works was achieved in November 2021. The site is a northern extension of the existing Meadowbrook Housing Development situated to the north of and accessing from the N63 National Secondary Road. The development consists of 2 and 3-bedroom homes together with large open green spaces. The scheme was designed by Sweeney Architects of Longford and constructed by Sammon Developments of Leitrim.

 

Darragh O’Brien, Minister of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

"Many people are struggling to access housing, whether they are trying to buy or rent. Few things are more fundamental to us than having somewhere to live. Through the ‘Housing for All’ policy the government is demonstrating its commitment to build the required amount of housing, of different tenures, to a high standard, and in the right location, for people of all circumstances. Today Roscommon County Council 0R6A0735.jpg Bhave delivered 76 fantastic social houses for many people awaiting good secure homes to call their own.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the housing team and all responsible for the delivery of these impressive developments and look forward to working together with Roscommon County Council and other Local Authorities in achieving our collective ambitious target of providing long-term sustainable housing for this and future generations."

 

Joe Murphy, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council

“I would like to congratulate Roscommon County Council for achieving such an ambitious housing supply programme for 2021 and in doing so delivering very high-quality developments. It is very evident that a lot of thought has gone into design that ensures homes are provided where people can enjoy and feel safe. I would also like to wish the new tenants the very best of luck in their new homes”

 

Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council commented:

“Roscommon County Council are delighted to have achieved the delivery of these fantastic housing developments. With a further 10 new homes in Strokestown planned for completion in December, 2021 has been our most active year in terms of housing delivery for decades with 89 new homes achieved   I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the housing team together with the many stakeholders involved in bringing these projects to fruition.

These developments will provide much needed homes for households on the waiting list who should have access to secure, good quality housing suited to their needs at an affordable price and in a sustainable community. I wish the new tenants all the best in their new homes.”