Dublin City University Visit

Tempohousing headed to Dublin after their trip to Bristol to host their latest showroom, ”The TARDIS” at Dublin City University. Our apartment measuring (3.5 W x 7.6 L) was extremely well received by all who came to visit us. It earned the nickname “The Tardis” at the Bristol Housing Festival due to the creative utilisation of space and vast amount of storage for an apartment of its size. Our “Tardis” also boasts tall ceilings throughout and two considerably large windows in the living room and the bedroom. We were there for a week every day from 9.00 – 6.00 and had a great response from all who visited us.

We had a wide range of visitors such as Dublin City, Louth and Fingal County councils, housing associations such as ICHH and O’Cualann, property developers and a lot of the students. Everyone had something positive to say. One of the students who is a resident of the local student accommodation said, “this place is class, it’s like our accommodation on steroids” and “when can I move in?” A lot of the students thought we were on campus to build a development using our “TARDIS” and were very excited about the prospect of that possibility. Anthony Flynn of ICHH who is always looking for ways of solving the homeless crisis was very positive about our apartment when he visited us with his team.

Deborah Smyth, CEO of Tempohousing UK & Ireland was interviewed by multiple students whilst on campus and they were all very interested in the concept and very impressed with our apartment.

The most popular comments were very similar to those in Bristol, regarding the use of space, the windows and the heat. We rented a generator for the week and were told that we would need to top it up every day. We lasted a whole week without having to top it up once and still had some fuel leftover at the end. It costs little or nothing to heat and light “The TARDIS”

In addition to our showroom, visitors, in particular, the students, were very impressed with our past projects, especially, our Utrecht project consisting of 510 units which took only 6 months to complete from start to finish. They had mentioned to us that one of the buildings on campus took a year and half longer to be built than it should have due to the weather conditions. One of the great benefits of modular (off-site) construction is the non-weather dependence, come hail, rain or shine, productivity can still go ahead meeting the deadlines of each and every project.

Hosting in Dublin opened up discussions on how Tempohousing could help with emergency housing and student accommodation which is urgently needed in Dublin and the whole of Ireland. It is key to have affordable accommodation provided that meets the growing demand and the crisis in the housing sector.