Developers to hire local people on new project

An artist’s impression of the planned development

Mary FogartyBray People

Developers of a new residential project on Southern Cross Road will be hiring locally for the project.

Contractors Townmore started works earlier this year on a multi-million Euro residential scheme in Bray for Lioncor.

The mixed-use residential development will include 160 apartments across four five-storey blocks.

The contractor wishes to engage with the local community, it said, particularly construction workers, subcontractors and suppliers across Wicklow and Leinster for this and other construction projects in the region.

The supply chain and construction workers being sought encompasses the following: crane drivers, general operatives, groundworks, masons, concrete subcontractors, roofers, scaffolding companies, plasterers, partitioning contractors and suppliers for all key materials for this project.

Headquartered in Tullamore, County Offaly, Townmore recently built and opened a new regional office in Santry, North Dublin. This follows the opening of offices in Cork and London in recent years.

'The designation of both public and private housing delivery as an essential service throughout the latter months of the pandemic was a welcome and necessary move,' said James Godley, managing director of Townmore. 'Southern Cross is an important project, not just for Townmore, but for the people of North Wicklow who have been waiting for new homes and greater access to quality rental homes. It will be a transformative addition to the town and indeed to the surrounding area. At Townmore, we understand the importance of local contribution to this building work. By adopting such a partnership approach, the value added to the local community is enhanced.'

An Bord Pleanala granted permission in November 2019 for the development, also including 30 houses and 18 duplex units as well as a crèche.

The board also granted permission, as part of the same application, to construct a link road from the Southern Cross through Deer Park and on to the Boghall Road.

The plans include a neighbourhood centre adjacent to the new supermarket, which will include retail units, the crèche and four community units including a youth services centre and a health care unit.

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