John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy, speaks with ROBBIE COUSINS about his company’s incredible delivery record during Covid-19 and urges the construction industry as a matter of urgency to collaborate to make the sector more sustainable.
Clancy receives EI Built to Innovate funding to accelerate its housing delivery by using off-site construction
Enterprise Ireland has announced that Clancy Group has been funded for an ambitious productivity improvement programme under ‘Built to Innovate’, an Enterprise Ireland initiative under Housing for All.
The government target is for 35,000 new homes to be delivered each year, with around 10,000 of them falling into the social and affordable categories. Progress was being made until Covid hit. The industry was shut down for eight weeks in the spring and early summer of 2020, while many potential homebuyers were spooked by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
New home delivery fell slightly to 20,780 in 2020. This was a drop of just 411 on the number built in 2019. With large parts of the industry shut down again during the early part of 2021, this will have a knock-on effect on completions this year. But the industry was resilient in 2020, and it is hopeful of making up for lost time in 2021, despite some non-Covid related challenges.