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Posted August 3, 2018

UK construction expands at fastest rate in 14 months

Britain’s construction industry unexpectedly gained momentum last month to grow at its fastest rate in over a year, boosted by the biggest increase in housebuilding since the end of 2015, an industry survey showed on Thursday. Just hours before the…
Posted July 27, 2018

14-storey apartments get go-ahead in South Dublin

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for the construction of 460 apartments across five blocks ranging in height from six to 14 storeys in south Dublin. The board granted permission for the scheme at the Sandyford Business District…
Posted July 20, 2018

500 Homes To Be Built Instead of Stadium

Ambitious plans for a state-of-the-art football stadium have been ditched – as up to 500 new homes look set to get the green light instead. League of Ireland club St Patrick’s Athletic had drawn up a major development plan for…
Posted July 18, 2018

New home construction up 55% on last year

The number of new homes under construction is up 55% on this time last year, according to findings from the GeoView Residential Buildings Report. Over 9,000 housing units are currently being built, with about two-thirds of those in the Leinster…
Posted July 17, 2018

Glanbia unveils plans for €130m mozzarella plant

Glanbia Cheese’s new €130m mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise, Co Laois, will have a production capacity of 45,000 tons per annum. Glanbia Cheese is a joint venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods, a mozzarella producer headquartered in…
Posted July 13, 2018

Dublin crane count rises to 79 in July

There were 79 cranes visible over the centre of Dublin on July 1st from the seventh floor on The Irish Times building on Tara Street. This is a rise of seven (10 per cent) on June’s total and one off the 80 recorded on…
Posted July 9, 2018

Construction firms hiring amid growth

Ireland’s construction firms have continued hiring amid a strong pace of growth in the sector. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index stood at 58.4 in June. While that compared to a stronger 61.8 reading in May, any figure…
Posted July 4, 2018

Unemployment in Ireland falls to post-crash low of 5.1%

The strength of the Irish economy was underscored on Tuesday with new figures showing unemployment falling to another post-crash low of 5.1 per cent and stronger-than-expected exchequer returns putting the Government on course to exceed its budgetary targets for the…
Posted June 29, 2018

Modular Homes: The Future of UK Housing

The column inches written about the dysfunctional British housing market are legion. Too few homes, at too high a price, built for too few people. Two years ago, the Farmer Report commissioned by the Government concluded that the British construction industry, using…