Work on 31 new social houses in Mullingar to begin next week

(Above) From left, Patrick Gardiner, Coolsivna Construction, Cathaoirleach Ken Glynn, (seated), and Pat Gallagher, chief executive of WCC, at the contract signing for 31 new houses in Ennell Court.

Construction work on 31 new social houses in Ennell Court is set to begin next week after the contracts were signed yesterday.

Delivered under the Rebuilding Ireland initiative, the new scheme will provide 20 three bedroom two-storey family homes, 1 two bedroom two-storey family home, 8 two bedroom single storey homes and 2 two bedroom apartments.

The development is located adjacent to the existing housing estate at Ennell Court, Mullingar on a brownfield site where houses have previously been demolished.

In a statement released today, the council said: “The development is designed to greatly improve and enhance passive supervision whereby 12 of the houses face onto the Royal Canal Linear Park.

“All houses are designed to nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) standards and use the latest Air-to-Water heating technology. Each home includes a wet-room at ground floor level suitable for assisted showering. Nine of the homes are specifically designed to suit the needs of older persons or persons with disabilities.”

The main contractor of the project, Coolsivna Construction Ltd, is a Galway based company established in 2006 by Patrick Gardiner which specialises in residential, commercial, educational and healthcare construction.

The scheme at Ennell Court is designed by Westmeath County Council’s in-house architectural team with the assistance of GDCL Engineers, Tom McNamara and Partners Quantity Surveyors and JAK Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

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