HOUSING

21st November 2019

TORC CONSORTIUM SELECTED AS PREFERRED BIDDER FOR SECOND STAGE OF €300M SOCIAL HOUSING PPP PROGRAMME

The Torc Housing Partnership has been selected as preferred tenderer for the second phase of the government’s current PPP programme to deliver 465 new social housing units in Cork, Kildare, Clare, Galway, Waterford and Roscommon. This project is the second bundle of the Government’s PPP programme to invest €300million in social housing. The Torc Housing Partnership consortium is led by Equitix Ltd, who together with Kajima Partnerships Ltd are the lead developers and long term majority investors in the project.

Craig Smailes, Project Director for Kajima Partnerships Ltd, said, “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for the second bundle of Ireland’s Social Housing PPP programme. Kajima’s extensive experience and that of our partners ensures that the consortium is very well placed to deliver on this significant project.

It is a landmark for social housing in Ireland, and we hope to play a greater role in the very promising development of the Irish PPP market.”

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CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE APARTMENT SCHEMES OUTSIDE DUBLIN UNVIABLE

According to a report by AIB, the presence of institutional buyers in the residential property market is the primary reason why large-scale standalone apartment blocks are being built. The report examines the construction industry in the rental sector and has been authored by AIB head of property research Pat O’Sullivan and property economist Rory McGuckin.

A key finding of the report is that the viability of apartment construction “remains challenging” in many parts of Dublin and this “continues to constrain the supply of new residential units in the capital”. It also found that currently, the construction of large-scale apartment schemes outside of Dublin is not, for the most part, viable and suggests that the presence of institutional buyers in the residential market is the primary reason why large-scale standalone apartment blocks are being built. “Without the presence of institutional buyers of apartment blocks in the private rental sector, the viability issue would be even more pronounced and the supply of new apartments would be even lower,” it says.

Denise Maguire
Editor 
Irish Construction Industry Magazine

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