Sunday Property Round-Up, August 11th, 2019




Most unusually for this time of the year, we have a packed Property Round-Up this weekend!  Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are a few local and international stories that might be of particular interest: 






  • Have you booked your ticket for BIM Gathering in September yet? “…where leaders & innovators in digital construction meet…”. Early-bird tickets close 15th August! (Thanks to Ralph Montague of ArcDox for sharing)


































  • Housing in Germany: Why are fewer young people buying their own homes?











If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:



As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any relevant property news by emailing



(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday. Also, I use voice to text dictation so just sound out anything that really doesn’t make sense in a strong rural accent and that should help!)






Property Matters: Ireland’s First Weekly Property Radio Show (& Podcast!):

Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched In January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast ( Seasoned political broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.




On Property Matters this week:

  • David Jelly, founder of Property Bridges
  • Adam Malik, head of business development for Equiem
  • Antony Slumbers, digital strategist and product leader in the Proptech space



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  • Co-living has been heavily criticised in recent months, much of this can be attributed to a lack of understanding of the offering, the growing demand for alternative accommodation, evolving global (and Irish) real estate/lifestyle trends and, of course, political populism. As I reiterated on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk earlier this week (listen back here: ) and on our Property Matters co-living special last week (www.iPropertyRadio.com, every new home and every new bed space delivered during a housing crisis must be considered as part of the overall solution, even if these solutions give rise to other, secondary problems that will need to be tackled through cultural or policy reforms. Co-living will now appear in our regular placemaking section as this is exactly what it is.  Ed Burke of RooMigo published an insightful article on this earlier this week, which you can read here:




  • Bartra Capital Property is one organization delivering purpose-designed and built individual shared living suites in Ireland. Check out 






















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  • In The Sunday Independent today, Dan O’Brien writes that ‘New Central Bank boss has little leeway to ease mortgage rules: The continued easing of the housing crisis is reflected in opinion polls, but there is still a distance to travel’. 



  • Gene Kerrigan also has an opinion piece on the housing crisis wherein he makes the point that “The housing crisis is treated as though it came out of nowhere. There is a context, it didn’t just happen”. 



  • In The Business section of the Sunday Independent today, Fearghal O’Connor quotes director-general of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Tom Parlon that delays in infrastructure are due to “paralysis”. 



  • The lead business story in The Sunday Times today by Brian Carey, reports that Core Reit, the industriall real estate investment trust gets “new American backer as IPO deadline looms. 



  • The same journalist reports that DWS (part of Deutsche Bank) has emerged as the preferred bidder of Dublin’s Point Campus, which will be the largest off-campus student accommodation centre in Ireland. 



  • Also in The Sunday Times today, Gavin Daly reports that silver bloom (Fergus Lynch) has lodged plans to build an 11-storey apartment block in Donnybrook on the site of Jefferson House. 




  • Also in the SBP today, leading firm C+W O’Brien Architects is celebrated for its innovation and excellence when working on the design of Ireland’s biggest modular construction project. The firm is shortlisted for the global AJ100 International Practice of the Year award – best of luck to all the team there!




  • Jill Kerby has a feature for downsizers. In this feature she describes how “older people are often encouraged to move to smaller homes, but it is easier said than done in a market dominated by buy-to-let developments”.



















































  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Roisin Burke quotes developer Johnny Ronan who says latest planning refusal “makes Ireland look like a banana republic”. 




























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