Glasnevin site makes close to €18m

Eastwise Homes aims to have 119-home scheme in Dublin 9 completed by end of year

The 2.02 hectare  site on Botanic Road in Glasnevin, Dublin 9, where 119 homes are being constructed

The 2.02 hectare site on Botanic Road in Glasnevin, Dublin 9, where 119 homes are being constructed

 

Work is expected to begin shortly on the development of 119 homes on Botanic Road in Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

The 2.02 hectare (5 acres) site formerly occupied by Smurfit printworks has been acquired by Dublin-based Eastwise Homes which plans to have the new homes available by the end of the year.

Eastwise recently bought the site from an Irish subsidiary of the Westhill Land & Property UK Ltd for a price believed to be close to €18 million. Westhill is understood to have made a substantial profit on the five acres having previously bought the southern half of the site during the property crisis in 2013 for €4.5 million. The Lisney estate agency, which handled the recent sale, said it would not be commenting on the transaction.

Rita Dattani, a director of Westhill, described the sale as “a positive transaction for both parties”. She said that in addition to the Dublin project her company had assembled a significant portfolio of land in Ireland “which we are keen to develop into housing.”

A press release from the company said it had either secured planning permission or was in the process of getting approval for 800 homes.

The Botanic Road development will include 43 three-, four- and five-bedroom houses as well as 76 apartments: 17 one-beds, 42 two-beds and 17 three-beds. Lisney told builders interested in the site that another 19 homes may also be approved because of new regulations adopted by Dublin City Council. The site faces Botanic Road and is between Iona Road to the south and the former John Player cigarette factory to the east.