Sonas News

Posted July 26, 2017

New-home construction up 36%

The construction of new homes was up by a third in the 12 months up to June, but a substantial increase in building activity is needed. The GeoView report is published by GeoDirectory, a database of commercial and residential buildings…
Posted July 24, 2017

Rising insurance premiums adding to cost of construction

The CIF has warned that rapidly increasing insurance premiums are adding to the cost of construction. Over the past year, construction companies around Ireland have reported disproportionate increases in Employer Liability/Public Liability (EL/PL) premiums, rising by up to 50% in some…
Posted July 21, 2017

Plans for almost 1,000 new Dublin homes

Almost 1,000 new homes are planned for south Dublin in the first housing scheme to use the fast-track development system which by-passes the local authority planning process. Developer Michael Cotter’s Viscount Securities wants to build 571 apartments and 363 houses at Clay Farm, Ballyogan,…
Posted July 20, 2017

Páirc Uí Chaoimh opens after €80m redevelopment

It’s taken over €80m, 33,000 tonnes of concrete, 1,500 tonnes of steelwork, some 500 construction workers and about two years — but Ireland’s newest sports stadium has finally been unveiled. And the regenerated 45,000-capacity Páirc Uí Chaoimh GAA stadium in…
Posted July 18, 2017

Construction upturn gets estates finished in Cork

The upturn in housing construction is leading to a large number of previously unfinished estates being completed in Co Cork. That is according to the council’s senior planner, Andrew Hind, who said that, in 2010, there were 296 unfinished estates…
Posted July 17, 2017

FAQs – Moving home to Ireland

How busy is the market? Very busy, as of the beginning of July ‘17, there were 69 tower cranes standing in Dublin. In the last 18 months, the rate of growth and demand for skilled construction and engineering professionals has…
Posted July 13, 2017

Guinness announces €16m expansion plan

The Guinness Storehouse has announced details of a €16m expansion plan which will see the gravity bar double in size. The plans announced involve the creation of a new 360 degree space, which will directly link to the original Gravity…
Posted June 30, 2017

Construction body angry over crane strike

The Construction Industry Federation reacted angrily to yesterday’s crane strike that halted two major construction sites in Dublin. Crane operators who are members of the Unite trade union placed pickets at the Sisk site in Capital Dock and the Cairn…