Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows

27th July, 2011

7,330 new residential and commercial buildings were identified across the country in the first six months of 2011, according to figures released today by GeoDirectory. The number represents a year-on-year decrease of 10% compared to the same period in 2010, when 8,119 buildings were added to the database. However, the decrease is substantially smaller than the 40%, 49% and 57% drops recorded in 2010, 2009 and 2008 respectively.

Interestingly, several counties mainly in the East and South-East (Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Waterford and Wicklow) bucked the overall national and showed increases in new building additions compared to the same period in 2010. The average increase in new building activity in these counties, compared to the same period in 2010, was 41% with the largest increase of 80% recorded in Meath, where 182 new buildings were identified.

GeoDirectory, a subsidiary of An Post, working with Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) manages Ireland’s only complete database of residential and commercial buildings. The figures were recorded by 5,600 An Post delivery staff working with experts from OSi.

Of the 7,330 new buildings, 6,221 were residential buildings, 932 were commercial buildings, and 177 were dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial components.

Leitrim showed the largest decrease in new building additions with a 68% drop compared to 2010, and also recorded the smallest increase in new buildings, with just 30 new buildings identified. While showing a year-on-year decrease of 34% in new building additions, Cork City and County recorded the largest number of additions for the first six months of 2011, with 825 new buildings identified..

The new additions in 2011 bring the total number of buildings in the Republic of Ireland to 1,883,474

Commenting on the new figures, GeoDirectory CEO, Dara Keogh said:

“There has been a downward trend in building activity in recent years following a peak in the first half of 2007 when 60,781 new buildings were added to the GeoDirectory database. Since then, the number of additions to the database each year has fallen, to 7,330 in the first half of 2011. That’s a drop of 88% over the last four years.”

“However, the rate of decline has reduced significantly to just 10% this year and increases in new builds have in fact been recorded in several counties in the first half of 2011,” he added.

GeoDirectory will release the figure for the total number of new buildings added to its database during 2011 in January 2012.

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

Further information is available from the GeoDirectory website – http://www.geodirectory.ie

Maps visually representing this year's building activity can be downloaded from the following links
http://www.bit.ly/geodirectory_a
http://www.bit.ly/geodirectory_b

The GeoDirectory database is used by many different companies and organisations across a diverse range of applications. The Emergency Services use GeoDirectory for route optimisation when responding to 999 calls, saving valuable minutes and lives in time-critical situations. Similarly companies like Dominos Pizza use GeoDirectory for address location to ensure that delivery times are met. In the property sector, GeoDirectory is used by Daft.ie and the Property Registration Authority. In addition, utility companies, banking and insurance providers, and all local authorities use the database.

Each of the 1.8 million building records contained in GeoDirectory includes an accurate standardised postal address; usage details for each building (commercial or residential); a unique 8-digit identity number or fingerprint; and x, y coordinates which accurately locate the centre point of each building to within one metre on the National Grid.

The database is updated quarterly by OSi and An Post.

GeoDirectory CEO Dara Keogh is available for interview/comment on the latest figures released.

For further information please contact:

Séamus Carey
Wilson Hartnell Public Relations
Tel: +353 1 6690030
Email: seamus.carey@ogilvy.com
 

 

Regional versions

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GeoDirectory records 68% increase in new buildings in Carlow in 2011 - Carlow

GeoDirectory records 31% drop in new buildings in Cavan in 2010 - Cavan

GeoDirectory records 34% decrease in new buildings in Cork in first half of 2011 - Cork

 

GeoDirectory records 13% decrease in new buildings in Donegal in first half of 2011 - Donegal

GeoDirectory records 56% increase in new buildings in Dublin in 2011 - Dublin

GeoDirectory records 14% decrease in new buildings in Galway in first half of 2011 - Galway

GeoDirectory records 13% decrease in new buildings in Kerry in first half of 2011 - Kerry

GeoDirectory records 57% increase in new buildings in Kildare in 2011 - Kildare

GeoDirectory records 44% increase in new buildings in Kilkenny in 2011 - Kilkenny

GeoDirectory records 32% increase in new buildings in Laois in 2011 - Laois

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Leitrim

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Limerick

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Longford

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Louth

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Mayo

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Meath

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Monaghan

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Offaly

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Roscommon

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Sligo

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Tipperary

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Waterford

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Westmeath

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Wexford

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Wicklow

Eleven counties show return to growth as decline in rate of new building slows - Clare