Families have begun moving into the new Churchfield Housing Development in Southill, Limerick which was officially opened by Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, TD today (Friday).
The Minister officially opened phase one of the two phase €18.5m development this morning which comprises of 42 units of an overall housing scheme. When completed, it will consist of 80 new BER A rated energy efficient homes.
Minister English met with some of the 19 new families who have been given keys to their new homes and planted a tree at the development to mark the official opening.
The project, designed by ABK Architects, has been delivered by Limerick City and County Council under the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan. It provides housing through a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed houses and apartments within the context of a new urban layout that reinforces connections with the wider city.
A central avenue connects the new development with the existing street network. Houses along the northern edge of this route are predominantly 3 storey in height while houses to the south are primarily 2-storey in scale. The scheme has been developed adjacent to the Community Hub in Southill which has recently undergone refurbishment with the opening of a bright new Café space.
The €18.5m scheme will also include significant infrastructural works involving the re-location of streets and a new drainage and services system for this part of the city.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary said: “Today is an important day for the new residents and indeed all of Limerick. It shows Limerick City and County Council’s commitment to providing high standards of housing to our citizens by delivering on the commitments made in the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan. I wish each and every one of the residents all the very best in their new home and hope they will create happy memories here and build a strong sense of community with their neighbours.”
Minister Damien English said: “This development marks another milestone on the regeneration path and follows on from the completion of 79 units last year at Lord Edward Street. Overall 243 new units have been completed and 561 social and private houses have been refurbished under a rolling programme of thermal upgrades across the regeneration areas. These are making a real difference in people’s lives.”
Seamus Hanrahan, Acting Director of Services, Social Development, Limerick City and County Council said: "We’re delighted the Minister visited Limerick today to open this scheme which is designed to the highest standards and integrates really well with adjacent buildings such as the Southill Area Centre. It is of the same exceptional quality as recently completed housing projects at Lord Edward Street, Hyde Road and Cliona Park amongst others. A total of 19 homes have been already handed over to families with the remaining 23 due to be completed over the coming weeks. After that, we’ll look forward to starting phase two of the scheme, of which, significant preliminary work has already been completed. We expect this development to be as successful as the Southill Older Persons Accommodation scheme located a short distance away and we wish all the residents the best of luck in their new homes.”
Minster English was also briefed by Limerick City and County Council officials on future developments in Limerick as part of his visit to the city. He also paid tribute to the residents of regeneration areas for their co-operation, patience and understanding throughout the whole process and thanked the contractor, PJ Carey Ltd, ABK Architects, Punch Consultant Engineers, Homan O’Brien Consultant Engineers, Aecom Quantity Surveyors, the Office of Regeneration through Limerick City and County Council and all involved in working on the Churchfield development.