'Multi-storey' modular homes being considered
Modular homes could be built in multi-storey blocks across Dublin to solve the homelessness crisis.
The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has asked companies to provide information on the types of 'rapid delivery' homes they are capable of supplying to ramp-up delivery across the country.
Tender documents state that the companies should be in a position to supply "standard" homes with one, two or three bedrooms which are two storeys in height.
But it adds that, in some urban areas, there may also be sites suitable for "multi-storey, multi-dwelling" buildings.
In a request for market information, the OGP said it is attempting to understand the "nature, structure, capacity and capability" of the market to deliver so-called "rapid delivery housing solutions".
But it stressed that it was not seeking any of these units, merely seeking information.
The move comes as part of the outgoing government's commitment to deliver 350 rapid-build homes as part of its Social Housing Strategy out to 2020.
The homes are planned for the four Dublin local authorities, but other councils may also decide to use these buildings to reduce the need to house homeless families in hotels or other forms of emergency accommodation.
The homes must last for up to 60 years and meet all the current building regulations. Local authorities and voluntary housing agencies can use the companies if they believe they are suitable to meet their needs.
The Department of the Environment said the companies could be used to cater for "pressing accommodation needs".
While multi-unit developments were "not planned" at the moment, local authorities may wish to pursue this option at a later date, a spokesman added.
Two lots will be created - one for standard two-storey projects between one and 30 units, and a second for projects of more than 30 homes, including multi- storey dwellings. Submissions must be made by May 13.