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Athboy: Home to 32 new Social Houses

Athboy is now home to 32 additional social residences as part of Meath County Council’s direct construction programme.

The official opening of the Connaught Grove development directed by Meath County Council  has been welcomed by Damien English; Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The timely completion of the housing scheme is in conjunction with the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, supporting the project with €8.176m in funding, with Minister English commending the ‘tangible benefits of the significant investment programme’.

The estate is integrated with two, three, and four-bed houses, all with A2-rated BER certs, and centrally located to local amenities.  Homes have also been tailored to the needs of some residents challenged in a physical capacity, with four level access units contributing to the development.

This is the second social housing direct construction project to be completed by Meath County Council, as noted by the Council’s chief executive Jackie Maguire. Connaught Grove and similar projects are geared towards reaching the Council’s social housing target – 1251 units between 2017 and 2021.

Ms. Maguire admits that this is an ambitious agenda for Meath County Council but with funding already approved for a further 19 sites, the county is set to accommodate an additional 340 units over the next 3-4 years.

Director of Housing in Meath County Council, Barry Lynch, endorsed the development and the quality of the homes provided and crafted by Van Dijk Architects; and including Duffy Chartered Engineers, Semple & McKillop Ltd and McGahon Surveyors, the contractors, Cunningham Contracts Limited.

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