GeoDirectory records 23% drop in annual new building additions in 2010

11 January, 2011 
17,587 new residential and commercial buildings were identified across the country in 2010, according to figures released today by GeoDirectory. This represents a year-on-year decrease of 23% compared to 2009 when 22,961 new buildings were recorded nationally, and a drop of 82% compared to the record high of 2007.
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.
 
New Buildings in Ireland
 
Across the country, GeoDirectory recorded 17,587 new buildings,  composed of 14,495 residential buildings, 2,137 commercial buildings, and 955 dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial components.
Dublin City and County, where 982 new buildings were identified, showed the largest decrease in new building additions with a 61% drop compared to 2009. Several counties (Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Sligo and Wexford) bucked the national trend showing small increases in new building additions compared to 2009. The average increase recorded across these counties was 8%, with the largest increase of 33% being recorded in Leitrim, where 329 new buildings were identified.
While showing a year-on-year decrease of 23% in new building additions, Cork City and County recorded the largest number of additions for 2010, with 2,577 new buildings identified. In contrast, Carlow, showing a year-on-year decrease of 55% in new additions, recorded the smallest increase with 198 new buildings identified.
The new additions in 2010 bring the total number of buildings in the Republic of Ireland to 1,878,824.
GeoDirectory Identifies New Buildings
Commenting on the new figures, GeoDirectory General Manager, Dara Keogh said:

“2010 saw 17,587 new buildings being identified nationally by GeoDirectory. The figure represents a year-on-year decrease of 23% in new additions, and is below the average long-run position of 40,000 new additions per year.
 
This downward trend follows a peak in 2007 when 96,000 new buildings were added to the GeoDirectory database. Since then, the number of additions to the database each year has fallen to just 17,587 in 2010. That’s a drop of 82% in new building additions over the last four years.”
“We expect that the level of new building additions in 2011 will be in line with last year as the impact of any return to growth will most likely not be felt in the construction industry until 2012,” he added.  

GeoDirectory will release figures for the first six months of 2011 in early July.
 
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
Further information is available from the GeoDirectory website – http://www.geodirectory.ie
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 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 General Manager 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 1 669 0030
Email: seamus.carey@ogilvy.com
 
Regional versions
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GeoDirectory records 55% drop in new buildings in Carlow in 2010
GeoDirectory records 31% drop in new buildings in Cavan in 2010
GeoDirectory records 18% drop in new buildings in Clare in 2010
GeoDirectory records 23% drop in new buildings in Cork City and County in 2010
GeoDirectory records 2% increase in new buildings in Donegal in 2010
GeoDirectory records 61% drop in new buildings in Dublin City and County in 2010
GeoDirectory records 8% increase in new buildings in Galway City and County in 2010
GeoDirectory records 37% drop in new buildings in Kerry in 2010
GeoDirectory records 52% drop in new buildings in Kildare in 2010
GeoDirectory records 14% drop in new buildings in Kilkenny in 2010
GeoDirectory records 38% drop in new buildings in Laois in 2010
GeoDirectory records 33% increase in new buildings in Leitrim in 2010
GeoDirectory records 42% drop in new buildings in Limerick in 2010
GeoDirectory records 5% increase in new buildings in Longford in 2010
GeoDirectory records 47% drop in new buildings in Louth in 2010
GeoDirectory records 6% drop in new buildings in Mayo in 2010
GeoDirectory records 1% drop in new buildings in Meath in 2010
GeoDirectory records 33% drop in new buildings in Monaghan in 2010
GeoDirectory records 2% drop in new buildings in Offaly in 2010
GeoDirectory records 18% drop in new buildings in Roscommon in 2010
GeoDirectory records 9% increase in new buildings in Sligo in 2010
GeoDirectory records 16% drop in new buildings in Tipperary in 2010
GeoDirectory records 42% drop in new buildings in Waterford in 2010
GeoDirectory records 8% drop in new buildings in Westmeath in 2010
GeoDirectory records 0.5% increase in new buildings in Wexford in 2010
GeoDirectory records 33% drop in new buildings in Wicklow in 2010