President Cuts Ribbon on 75 New Dublin City Council Homes in Inchicore

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins will officially open the €16.9 million Dublin City Council development - Thornton Heights, part of the regeneration of St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, at 11.30am on Tuesday, 9th September 2014. Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Christy Burke will also be in attendance.

Covering 2 acres of a 14 acre site, Thornton Heights is a 75 unit mixed apartment and housing development, comprising of 10 terraced houses and 65 apartments in 4 blocks, varying in height from 3 to 6 storeys.  The scheme also includes a crèche with adjoining playground and a state of the art community facility.  Three additional playgrounds will cater for different age groups, set in a secure courtyard formed by the apartment blocks and houses. In keeping with sustainable development, photovoltaic panels on the roof take energy from the sun to provide power to illuminate the common areas and storage areas in the scheme.

The process of regeneration of St. Michael’s Estate began 12 years ago. Developed and designed by Dublin City Council, BAM Builders Ltd. commenced the construction of Thornton Heights in 2010, completing the scheme last month.  Funding for this redevelopment was provided by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. The opening of Thornton Heights is the culmination of many years of hard work and a close collaboration between Dublin City Council and the St. Michael’s Regeneration Board, chaired by Finbarr Flood.

Circle Voluntary Housing Association has been chosen by Dublin City Council to provide the social housing and facilities management services to this scheme.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke welcomed the opening saying, "Thornton Heights is a great example of what can be achieved when the local community through the Regeneration Board and Dublin City Council work in partnership for the greater good of the community. I would like to commend everyone that has been involved for their effort and commitment to the project.  Communities are the building blocks of our city and our society so I would especially like to thank the residents for their patience and co-operation during the building works".

According to Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan, “the redevelopment of St. Michael’s Estate is about much more than just housing our tenants, we are also directing our efforts to the regeneration of the entire area. I wish all of the residents every happiness in their new homes”.

Finbarr Flood, Chairperson of St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board says, “These 75 new homes bring stability and security to the residents.  The St. Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board is very pleased to have got to this day; it is a credit to the work of residents, community organisations and Dublin City Council. This is a state of the art housing development. We should be proud of what has been achieved here in Inchicore. We wish every family who has moved in peace and happiness in their new home.”

According to Circle Voluntary Housing Association Chief Executive Justin O’Brien, “we are delighted to be providing the social housing and facilities management services for this scheme. We have worked in partnership with Dublin City Council to select the tenants, all of whom had high housing need – some were living in overcrowded and substandard accommodation, some in insecure private rented accommodation and some were homeless. All the tenants are enthused with the quality of the accommodation provided to them and their children. We have also worked in partnership with the local statutory agencies and community groups in the Inchicore area and look forward to continuing those good relationships.”