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Cllr Francis Timmons – Independent Voice

Modular housing


Monday, January 11, 2016


QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

To ask the manager to present a report on Modular Housing for SDCC, does this represent best value for money? and to comment on cost involved as reports are saying upwards of €190,000 plus per unit? How many are envisaged for SDCC and what locations? and will there be a members vote on this?


The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has advised that the Government has approved the delivery of 500 units of modular housing for homeless families across Dublin. Modular housing accommodation is intended to offer a greater level of stability for families while move-on options to long-term independent living are identified and secured. In addition such arrangements are envisaged to facilitate a more coordinated needs assessment and support planning for access to all required services, including welfare, health and housing services.

The aim is to have an initial 22 units in place by mid December in Dublin City Council area with a further 128 units to follow through a fast-tracked procurement. 350 units will then be provided through a national procurement framework overseen by the Office for Government Procurement.

It is anticipated that SDCC will be required to provide approximately 100 units.

Dublin City Council has started the accelerated restricted procedure through e-tenders for the erection /installation of 22 no. 3 bed – 5 person 2-storey, rapid delivery housing units by Mid December 2015. The provision of these 22 units by the successful applicant is currently underway. These are of a timber frame and the price reflects also the need for accelerated delivery and connection to services. The Council awaits completion of the national procurement framework process.

Those allocated to the modular units as advised by the Minister will not be considered housed and will remain on the Councils Social Housing list continuing to have a housing need. The modular housing proposal is to provide families who are homeless a better environment where their family life will be minimally disrupted. The homes will be built to all necessary building standards with the sites being selected on the basis of access to community infrastructure and services.

The Council is currently in the process of identifying suitable locations for the provision of the units. Each site will be subject to the Part V111 process.