Major regeneration project gets underway
In December 2017, Clúid Housing began a €21m redevelopment of St. Mary’s Mansions flat complex in Dublin’s North East inner city. Former and future residents of the social housing scheme joined Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD at a photo call to mark the beginning of this highly anticipated regeneration project.
The flat complex was built by Dublin Corporation nearly 70 years ago and needs total refurbishment to bring it up to current standards. The regeneration works are scheduled for completion in mid-2019 and, when complete, will provide high quality social housing to 80 local families and single people. The works will include the addition of two new floors and will be laid out as 1, 2, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments and duplexes.
€21 million investment
The regeneration will cost just over €21 million. Clúid will finance the project through a combination of loans from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA), European Investment Bank (EIB) and financial support from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Clúid’s New Business Director, Fiona Cormican commented: “Clúid Housing is absolutely delighted to see this regeneration project get underway. The redevelopment of St. Mary’s Mansions will provide much needed social housing for local people and it is going to have a phenomenal impact on the local community.”
The project is being delivered through a partnership between Clúid and Dublin City Council, Dublin North East Inner City, the European Investment Bank, Ganson, the Housing Finance Agency, Inner City Organisations Network (ICON) and Rebuilding Ireland.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy TD commented: “The regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions is a wonderful example of partnership. I am very much looking forward to seeing the results of this innovative collaboration between Rebuilding Ireland, Clúid Housing and Dublin City Council. This redevelopment will provide much needed social housing for the North-East Inner-City area..”
The project will provide a safe, comfortable home for all residents whilst communal features such as the central courtyard and community room will help build upon the existing community spirit in the area.