New apartment development for Older People completed in Southill

Friday, May 9th 2014

Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD has welcomed the completion of 35 new apartments dedicated to older persons as part of the Limerick Regeneration Programme.

The Minister this afternoon (Friday) joined members of the local community for an open viewing of Colivet Court in Colivet Drive, Southill, by staff from Limerick City and County Council and Clúid Housing Association. The development consisting of 14 one bed apartments and 21 two bedroom apartments was built by Clancy Construction at a cost of €5.6m. All apartments are highly energy efficient with a B1 BER energy rating and designed to be suitable for accommodation for older persons over 50 years of age. This will have significant benefits for the new residents in terms of comfort and cost savings.

Welcoming the Colivet Court completion, the Minister described it as “a truly unique development and an example to many local authorities across the country.”
“The overall strategic objective of National Housing Policy is to enable all households access good quality housing appropriate to their circumstances and in their particular community of choice,” she said.
“This is especially evident in Colivet Court, which is a purpose built development specifically designed for older persons and their needs. I have no doubt that when the new residents move in here, their quality of life, social environment and community life will be improved by this beautiful new development and I look forward to further such builds being completed in Limerick in due course.”

The completion marks a new pilot partnership between Limerick City and County Council and Clúid Housing Association. In a strong demonstration of its commitment to the involvement of approved housing bodies (AHBs) in the Regeneration Project, Limerick City and County Council has now entered a pilot arrangement with Clúid to engage its extensive housing management experience in this specialised development in Southill.

“Limerick City & County Council is working in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Irish Council for Social Housing with a view to approved housing bodies playing a role in the proposed delivery and management of housing projects as outlined in the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan,” explained Jason Murphy, Limerick City and County Council.

“A working group has been established since February of this year which will shape the process for all parties. The Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan recognises that the approved housing bodies are at the heart of the Government’s vision for housing provision and will therefore form a significant element of Regeneration in Limerick and in creating a strong tenure mix in neighbourhoods.”

Clúid’s New Business and Development Manager, James O’Halloran took the opportunity to promote partnership between Clúid and local authorities as a key solution to housing.

“We are very keen to work with Limerick City and County Council to make the Limerick Regeneration Project a success story for future generations,” he said. “This collective approach combines a range of practical and technical knowledge and expertise. This has proven to work for us in other areas across the country and is key to creating sustainable communities in Limerick city.”

In addition to the Colivet Court development, The Office of Regeneration, Limerick City and County Council has also recently completed a pilot thermal upgrade scheme to 50 houses across Limerick city to make them more energy efficient and to address the issues of fuel poverty.

Last update:09/05/2014