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CONGRATULATIONS TO JAIME ON BECOMING ASSOCIATE AT GWA ARCHITECTS!
Jaime Martin Rivera is a Project Architect at GWA Architects and has spent over 10 years working in both the commercial & residential architectural industry. Jaime’s expertise lies in Residential Apartments, Urban Planning & Education Buildings design. Jaime has been based in Dublin for over 5 years and recently completed a Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice. Jaime graduated with both a Degree in Architectural Technology and Master’s Degree in Architecture at the European University of Madrid, Spain. Jaime is particularly adept at coordinating between Architectural Design & Technology.
Hi All, delighted & honored to be shortlisted for 'Designer of the Year Award' at the Irish Construction Industry Awards 2021. Very much looking forward to the event in December. As a new Startup Architectural Design Practice here in Ireland, this is brilliant recognition for all the great design work and teamwork here at Geoffrey Whelan Architects - GWA. Thank you to everyone we work so closely together with in the Construction Industry, Consultant Design Teams and of course our Clients.
Thank you Irish Construction Industry Awards!! Below link to the website list of finalist:
Video - Open House Dublin - Portobello Courtyard House
PLANNING PERMISSION EXEMPTION ON VACANT COMMERCIAL PREMISES:
On the 8th February 2018, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Damien English introduced three sets of amendment regulations to the Planning and Development Act 2000. The second set of regulations, namely, the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018, proposes to introduce an exemption from planning permission on certain properties. The exemption applies to vacant commercial premises, including vacant spaces over shops, where there is a proposed change of use to residential. It is hoped this will add much needed housing while also maximising the use of vacant and underutilised spaces.
The exemption will apply for a limited period, ending in December 2021, which is also the lifetime of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s action plan for housing and homelessness. To qualify for the exemption it must be a commercial building which has laid vacant for at least two years immediately prior to the commencement of the proposed development and where the number of units proposed is not greater than nine (9) in any one building. A commercial building for the purposes of this amendment is defined as:
Importantly, development works to vacant commercial buildings which are being converted to residential use under the proposed planning exemptions, will still have to comply with the requirements of the building regulations. There shall be no diminishment of the relevant statutory building control requirements whereby all conversion works for this type of development will still require:
2016 - Building Cost Guidelines:
The RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects Ireland) released the following document in 2016 which gives a good general approach to the costs involved and other items to be considered. If you are receiving quotes yourself directly for work please be cautious of low prices, we have found time and time again that lower than average prices are either miscalculated or missing certain important items. Download RIAI Building Cost Guidelines!