20 families get new homes before Christmas as Avondale Heights social housing development is launched in Wicklow

20 families received an early Christmas present of a new home today, (Tuesday, 18th December) as a new social housing development was officially opened in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

The Avondale Heights development consists of 8 one-bed, 10 two-bed and 2 three-bed homes, all of which are available to move into immediately. The high-quality homes were constructed by Northern Irish contractors QMAC Construction Ltd, a company specialising in commercial, heritage, sports and leisure, education, health and social housing projects across Ireland since 1982.

Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, TD, performed the official opening with the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Councillor Pat Vance in the presence of Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council and Rhona Quinn, Chairperson of QMAC Construction Ltd.

The provision of these twenty homes is the first of many schemes being developed in Co. Wicklow under the Council’s building and supply programme. The new homes have been built around a beautifully landscaped open area and includes external amenity pathways with benches and rest areas for residents.

Locally sourced Wicklow granite stone was used in the boundary walls of the development, and all the houses within are highly energy efficient, achieving a BER of A3 for the majority of homes using high efficiency air to water heat pumps, resulting in reduced running costs.

Each home has internally built feature walls with acoustic insulation, and all windows and doors are made of the highest quality factory applied painted timber to provide a neutral low maintenance interior, with powder coated aluminium cladding externally to avoid weathering and reduce maintenance.

Each highly insulated home has its own 270-litre rain harvesting capability which serves the planted area of the development, while a waste management plan was developed and the contractor was required to adopt and develop it to ensure waste was minimised, segregated and reusable where possible.

Speaking at the official opening of Avondale Heights, Rhona Quinn, Chairperson of QMAC Construction Ltd said, “We are delighted to be here today for the opening of a high-quality development of 20 beautiful homes that we were privileged to have built. It is great to know that so many families will be in their new homes in time for Christmas.

“QMAC has taken on many social housing projects since we created the company in 1982, and we look forward to providing many more much-needed homes throughout the island of Ireland in the coming years.”

Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank QMAC, the main contractor, and their subcontractors, who have delivered a superlative scheme and I note that the companies are well represented today.  Well done on an excellent development. I would like to also compliment the project consultancy team comprising Coady Architects, Hayes Higgins Partnership and O’ Reilly Hyland Tierney & Associates.

Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, TD, said, “I am pleased to be here today to welcome all the new residents into their homes on time for Christmas. The Government is committed through Rebuilding Ireland to addressing the need for more social housing units by working with local authorities such as Wicklow County Council, and we will continue to address the needs of Ireland’s growing population by delivering further housing developments. I am highly impressed by the standard of the homes that have been constructed in this beautiful area, and I am sure each resident will be very happy with their new home.”

Over the course of the next two years, the Council’s programme is expected to deliver new homes for almost 400 households on the Council’s social housing list. The Council currently has 18 projects at various stages of construction and tendering with funding of over €51.6m sanctioned by the Department.



For further press information, photography or to interview Rhona Quinn of Qmac Construction Limited please contact Aileen O’Brien, O’Brien PR. (045) 407017 or (086) 8403624 aileen@obrienpr.com