Work Commences: Dun Laoghaire Co-Living Scheme

Work has commenced on Ireland’s largest co-living development on Eblana Avenue in Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin.

Bartra Capital Property received planning permission for the development of more than 200 co-living homes in 2019. The co-living model provides en-suite bedrooms with shared, communal living areas and is similar to student accommodation but aimed at young, working professionals.

The new, co-living scheme will have 208 bedrooms. Each en-suite bedroom will be 16.5 sq m in size and includes a pull-down bed and kitchenette. The communal living also provides an alternative to the office for some tenants. Leases on the units will be from two to 12 months.

The project, we which recently featured on RTE News and radio, has spiked major interest as the building will be the largest co-living space in the country.

Bartra is currently studying the detail of the Bord’s decision. Commenting on the decision Mike Flannery CEO said:  “This is a pragmatic decision based on Ireland’s need to embrace new tenure types. The Bord recognise that there is a place for co-living within the Irish housing market and we look forward to delivering this new and innovative form of accommodation”.

Patricia Thornton of Thornton O’Connor Town Planning who acted as planning advisors commented, “The proposal compares very favourably to international examples, where it is a successful housing tenure for a specific cohort of the population at a specific time in their working life.”

CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau liased with HKR Architects to construct CGIs, verified view montages and BRE daylight analysis which played a major role in the planning process of the co-living scheme.

Architectural CGI of rooftop terrace, Eblana co-living development - 3D Design Bureau
Architectural CGI of rooftop terrace, Eblana co-living development – 3D Design Bureau

Full project details:

Project name: Planning granted – Ireland’s largest co-living development – Dún Laoghaire

Site location: Old School House, Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire

Contract stage: On-site

Planning documents: Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – An Bord PleanalaDevelopment website

Ref no: ABPREF304249

Floor area: 6501 m2

Site area: 0.27 hectares

Units: 208

Architectural CGI of Eblana co-living development - 3D Design Bureau
Architectural CGI of Eblana co-living development – 3D Design Bureau

Development Team

Developer: Bartra Capital Property Limited is an investment management vehicle founded by successful property developer and entrepreneur Richard Barrett. Bartra is delivering high quality property solutions across all sectors of the property market including private residential, social housing, commercial real estate, nursing homes and renewable energy.

Architect: HKR Architects is a leading international architecture and urban design practice based in London, Dublin and Dubai.

Planning Consultant: Thornton O’Connor Town Planning is one of Ireland’s leading planning consultancies providing strategic, specialist and technical planning services to a wide range of clients. They are based in Dundrum, Dublin.

Planning Consultant: Michael Collins and Associates provide a wide range of architectural services including design, fit out, due diligence, master planning as well as conservation and sustainable design. 

Quantity Surveyor: Mitchell | McDermott provide cost management, technical due diligence, funder advisory services, insolvency services and consultancy services across all sectors of the construction industry.

Mech & Elec Engineer: JV Tierney & Company was established in 1948 and is the market leader in consulting engineering design in the field of mechanical, electrical and sustainable engineering in the built environment.

Consulting Engineer: CS Consulting Group are civil and structural engineering consultants, established in January 2012, with offices based in Dublin, Limerick and London.

Landscape Consultant: Stephen Diamond Associates is a progressive design orientated landscape architecture consultancy based in Dublin.

Environmental Engineer: AWN Consulting Limited is a multidisciplinary consultancy offering specialist design advice, expert witness and litigation support in respect of a wide range of engineering and environmental disciplines.

Fire protection Consultant: Maurice Johnson and Partners was formed in 2009 and has rapidly established itself at the very forefront of fire safety engineering and access consultancy in Ireland.

CGI consultants: 3D Design Bureau are specialists in Architectural Visualisation, BIM and VR – Delivering Quality Design Planning and Marketing Solutions. For this project, 3D Design Bureau created a series of Architectural CGIs, Verified View Montages and a BRE Daylight/Sunlight Report, all of which were used for marketing and planning purposes. They are based in Dublin, Ireland.

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