'Something for everybody' as construction begins on Ireland's newest town
Work is underway on a 'new town' in south Dublin which is expected to house around 30,000 people.
Ground was broken today on the site at Cherrywood, South Dublin which will be one of Ireland's biggest developments.
Developer Hines has committed to building 4000 houses on a site they own in Cherrywood. A minimum of 400 of these will be used for social housing.
A further 4,000 houses are expected to be built in the wider area which has been marked as a 'strategic development area'
“To put this into context the Town Centre development here alone will be twice the size of Dundrum Town Centre, it’s a big big development,” said Housing Minister Simon Coveney.
“The whole point of building on this scale is that you build mixed types of housing at different values. There’ll be some studio apartments here, some single beds and double beds, there’ll be family homes,” he added when asked if the properties will be affordable.
The first phase of the project will create 180 construction jobs in order to build 5.4km of roadways, footpaths, cycle paths and greenways. Over 3000 oak and cherry trees will also be planted before residents move in.
Senior Managing Director of Hines Ireland, Brian Moran, said that most of the apartments being built will be to rent, but there will be “something for everybody”.
“We are acutely aware of the enormous public demand for housing stock and the submission of planning for the new €875m Cherrywood Town Centre in the coming months will include 1300 new smart design apartments as part of this highly ambitious plan”.
The Town centre will include a cinema, retail outlets, restaurants, bars, a health centre, library, a place for worship and offices. Mr Moran said it may attract shoppers away from Dundrum.
There will also be 82 acres of parks in three separate locations. These will be called Beckett Park, which will be 13 acres, Ticknock Park, 47 acres, and Tully park which will be 22 acres.