Building houses, building communities

Co-operative Housing Ireland, the national organisation representing, promoting and developing co-operative housing in Ireland, expects to launch a range of new housing developments in Dublin in 2018.

Orchard Meadows in Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10, a 72-unit development comprising 3-bedroom family homes, is being developed in partnership with Dublin City Council and has received the support of several local politicians. Nominated social housing tenants will be welcomed to the development in early summer.

Towards the end of the year, Co-operative Housing Ireland will complete another development on Richmond Road in Drumcondra, in association with Dublin City Council. The development will include a range of 39 1, 2 and 3-bedroomed homes, with a large green open space to the rear of the properties which will form part of a future riverside walk proposed by Dublin City Council.

Both developments have been designed in collaboration with Donal Walsh Architects, with funding secured through the Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Commenting on the projects, Kieron Brennan, CEO of Co-operative Housing Ireland, stated, ‘We are looking forward to the completion of these projects in Cherry Orchard and Drumcondra in 2018. The provision of decent, sustainable and affordable housing for families in Dublin is sorely needed, with numbers on housing waiting lists soaring to record levels. The collaborative approach and close partnership of Dublin City Council in developing these projects has been key to their success.’

Also in the pipeline for Co-operative Housing Ireland is a 10-unit development on Amien Street, a 33-unit development in Clonsilla, as well as a new build on North King Street. It is hoped that completion on these projects will be achieved within the next 12 to 18 months.

Co-operative Housing Ireland is an Approved Housing Body (AHB) and works closely with various stakeholders in the housing sector, including Local Authorities, Government, aspiring home owners, tenants and developers, to provide high quality social-rented and home ownership co-operative homes across the country. Since its foundation in 1973, the organisation has provided over 5,500 homes through home-ownership, shared ownership and social rented co-operatives. With its membership of democratically controlled local co-operatives, Co-operative Housing Ireland manages more than 2,200 homes across Ireland as well as providing a network of childcare services in their communities.