19 New Dublin City Council Homes open in Bluebell

Dublin City Council’s €3 million social housing development – Grand Canal View will be officially opened by Lord Mayor Christy Burke and Alan Kelly, TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, at 11am today, Thursday, 30th April, 2015 at Bluebell Road, Bluebell, Dublin 12.

The 19 units at Grand Canal View were originally part of an integrated development project comprising a Community Centre, 16 x2 bedroom apartments and 3 x 3 bedroom houses. Unfortunately the Public Private Partnership failed prior to completion in 2010 and Dublin City Council contracted Purcell Construction Ltd. in January 2014 to carry out the unfinished works on the 19 residential units. 

The apartments are located in a 4-story block which, together with the 3 houses, forms an L-shaped configuration around a courtyard. In the Council’s bid to increase the use of solar energy, photovoltaic panels have been installed at the complex which will generate approximately one quarter of the power needs of the tenants.  A  small park and playground is situated across the road from Grand Canal View and tenants can enjoy a variety of activities available at Bluebell Youth and Community Centre, located beside the complex.  Both services are operated by Dublin City Council.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor said “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to open Grand Canal View in the desirable central urban location of Bluebell.  This modern complex provides its tenants with a high quality residential amenity and will add greatly to the area. Dublin City Council’s community centre and local park, nearby, will also add a sense of community and identity for those who live here.”

According to Minister Alan Kelly,TD, “This is a very attractive development located at this fine site, adjacent to the wonderful amenity that is the Grand Canal.  I wish to acknowledge in particular the scheme’s environmental credentials. In order to increase the use of solar power, photovoltaic panels have been installed at the complex which I understand will generate approx. one quarter of the power requirements of the residents.”  

“Schemes such as this are about more than just about the homes. They are also about building sustainable communities.  Community is, after all, the lynchpin which binds us together in our daily lives, and it was the motivating factor for this development through the Bluebell Steering Group. 

“My Department was pleased to provide over €3 million in capital funding to Dublin City Council for these works,” said the Minister.

Dick Brady, Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council said “I wish the residents of Grand Canal View all the very best for the future and that the hopes and dreams for their families and community, which always accompanies new beginnings are realised in full”.

Funding for this development was provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Purcell Construction Ltd. commenced works in early January 2014.  Architectural and Quantity Surveying services were provided by Dublin City Council.  Lohan & Donnelly Consulting Engineers provided Civil and Structural Engineering Services.  Hayes Higgins Partnership provided Mechanical and Electrical Engineering services and Crean Salley provide Health and Safety Consultant services.

Tenants officially signed for their new homes on 20th January, 2015. Grand Canal View is managed by Dublin City Council.



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Notes to the Editor:

Bluebell Youth & Community Centre was officially opened on the 13th April 2012, and is managed by Dublin City Council.