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Sign of the times New Dublin development to include home working hubs


Working from home (stock)

Working from home (stock)

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Working from home (stock)

Home working hubs are included in plans for a new housing development in south Dublin that would create 1,300 new houses over the next fiveyears.

Residential property developer Quintain Ireland yesterday launched its plan for Cherrywood Village, a proposed housing project in DúnLaoghaire-Rathdown.

The development, which is subject to planning permission, would include a mix of around 400 houses, 250 duplexes and roughly 650 apartments on a 65-acre site within the Cherrywood Strategic DevelopmentZone.

The site, touted by the developer as “the most connected village in Ireland”, is close to the Laughanstown Luas stop.

The project would also include extensive cycle paths and walking routes, including the proposed Cherrywood Way, which would connect the village to nearby Loughlinstown and Foxrock through a network of greenways.

Due to the shift in work patterns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, architects are looking at incorporating homework hubs in the scheme, said Eddie Byrne, the joint managing director of Quintain Ireland.

“There’s no doubt that working from home is going to become more common given what we’ve all experienced with Covid-19,” he said.


Woman working with computer at night

Woman working with computer at night

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Woman working with computer at night

“Quintain is factoring this into its plans for future schemes with the introduction of a variety of practical solutions.

”The home working plans would include offices built into homes as part of their design or shared work hubs in apartment buildings.

“Ideas under consideration include designing an office space or room in new houses and building more shared workspace in future apartment developments,” Mr Byrne said.

The developer hopes to start construction on the first phase of the project by the end of the year, with the first homes due to come on stream by the middle of next year.

The first three planning applications for 451 of the homes have already been submitted, with a further three expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

As the proposed site is located within a Special Development Zone, the developer is hopeful it will receive fast-trackplanning permission.

If all goes according to plan, all 1,300 homes would be built and occupied by 2025, bringing much-needed new housing to the area with “a focus on young families and first-time buyers”.