Mike Flannery, left, CEO, Bartra, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien and Richard Shakespeare, Chief Executive at Dublin City Council, turn the first sod at the O’Devaney Gardens redevelopment site, which will deliver 1,044 new homes in the heart of Dublin city. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Dublin City Council and development partner Bartra today (Dec18) turned the first sod on the O’Devaney Gardens redevelopment, which will deliver 1,044 new homes in the heart of Dublin city.

When complete, 50% of the A-rated homes will be delivered to Dublin City Council for social and affordable housing. 

Discussions are also nearing a conclusion with approved housing bodies, Tuath and Circle, for additional cost rental homes, which will ultimately see the majority of the development helping the State to support those most in need of new homes.

Dublin City Council Chief Executive, Richard Shakespeare, and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, hosted the ceremony, attended by representatives from Dublin City Council and the scheme developer, Bartra.

Phase 1 of the development will see the delivery of 379 A-rated social, affordable and cost rental homes, a park, crèche, community space and retail units, in the northern area of the site adjacent to Thor Place and Ashford Street.

“O’Devaney Gardens will be one of Europe’s most sustainable developments, and has been designed with living, rather than driving, in mind,” said Mike Flannery, CEO of Bartra.

“It aims to support the development of a thriving local economy and meet the needs of future residents.”

As the development is ideally placed to take advantage of key national transport infrastructure, land use will be optimised for people rather than cars.

Residents will have access to a Car Sharing Club, providing hybrid and electric vehicles to help them travel in a more eco-friendly and sustainable way.

“The development has been designed to foster community spirit, enhance resident wellness and provide a sustainable lifestyle,” said Mr Flannery.

“Communication has been at the heart of the process since its outset, and our regular monthly forum has been extremely well supported by the community and local representatives.”

Mr Shakespeare said he was delighted to witness the commencement of construction, which he said “underscores our commitment to addressing the housing needs of our community”.

“This is a great day for Dublin’s north inner city,” said Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien.

“The redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens, which I know has been long awaited, will transform this area, providing amenities for the community and high-quality housing, including hundreds of social and affordable homes.   

“Housing for All is working. We are seeing an increased supply of housing across all tenures, and getting major projects like this on site is key to maintaining that momentum.”

Mike Flannery, left, CEO, Bartra, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien and Richard Shakespeare, Chief Executive at Dublin City Council, turn the first sod at the O’Devaney Gardens redevelopment site.