Prefab Apartments Being Built for the Homeless
A vacant site in Dublin city centre, which was to be an owner-designed apartment block, is to be used for the city’s first modular apartment development for homeless families.
Dublin City Council has chosen two sites – one on Fishamble Street, close to Christ Church Cathedral on the south side of the city, and another in Coolock – for the “volumetric build” project, which will involve stacking factory-built housing units to form apartment blocks.
The council earlier this year completed 22 “rapid build” two-storey houses in Ballymun to house homeless families living in hotels and has recently started work on 130 more houses at sites in Finglas, Drimnagh, Darndale and Cherry Orchard.
Next month, it will seek tenders for more rapid build houses at three sites in the city.
Two of these will be in Finglas, at Woodbank Drive – where four houses will be built – and at Rathvilly Park, which will have 13. In addition, tenders will be sought for 53 houses at HSE lands in Ballyfermot.
Separately, the council will advertise for architectural services for the two modular apartment schemes.
The larger of the two developments will be in Coolock – at a site between Bunratty Road and Oscar Traynor Road – and it will have 62 apartments.
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