The Land Development Agency has put a 160m project to build almost 600 social and affordable homes in Shankill, south Dublin, out to tender.
What has been hailed as the largest social housing project in the State is expected to take 36 months to build – with 546 apartments and 51 houses at Shanganagh.
Work is expected to get under way at the 25-acre site surrounding Shanganagh Castle, a former juvenile detention centre, later this year.
The estate is seen as a flagship project for the new agency. Of the 597 homes, 200 will be used for social housing, 91 will be sold to low and middle-income workers under the forthcoming affordable scheme, and 306 will be cost-rental homes.
These homes will be designated for renters who do not qualify for social housing but do not earn enough to compete in the general rental market. Rents are expect to range from about €1,000 for a one-bedroom apartment up to €1,300 for two-bedroom homes.