Covid-19 impacts on number of new builds in Wicklow

The number of new builds in Wicklow and the rest of the county during Covid-19 lockdown fell dramatically, according to new figures. Stock photo

Myles BuchananWicklow People

The number of new builds taking place in Wicklow and the rest of the county during Covid-19 lockdown fell dramatically during the second quarter of the year.

According to figures just released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there were 3,290 new dwelling completions in Quarter 2 2020, a 31.9 per cent decrease on the 4,829 completions in Q2 2019. This is the first quarter in which there has been a year-on-year decrease since Q3 2013.

The primary data source used for the New Dwellings Completions series is the ESB Networks new domestic connections dataset where the date that the connection is energised determines the date of completion.

Nationally 1,317 single dwellings were constructed in Q2 of 2019, compared to only 872 this year, a 33.9 per cent reduction.

New schemes dropped by 34.8 per cent from 2,824 to 1,842, while new apartment builds fell by 16.3 per cent from 688 to 576.

Only Wicklow, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Fingal and South Dublin had more than 100 scheme dwelling completions in this quarter.

In County Wicklow, twelve single dwellings, 157 schemes and no apartments were completed.

The number of new dwelling completions at Eircode Routing Key level for Q2 for Wicklow stood at 94, while four were completed in Bray, 48 in Greystones and 13 in Arklow.

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