some 269 new residential and commercial buildings were identified in Tipperary in the first six months of 2011, according to figures released by GeoDirectory. This represents a year-on-year decrease of 22% compared to the same period in 2010 when 343 new buildings were recorded in the county.
GeoDirectory, jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) manages Ireland’s only complete database of residential and commercial buildings. The figures were recorded by 5,600 An Post delivery staff working with experts from OSi.
Across the country, GeoDirectory recorded 7,330 new buildings, composed of 6,221 residential buildings, 932 commercial buildings and 177 dual purpose buildings with both residential and commercial components. The new additions in 2011 bring the total number of buildings in the Republic of Ireland to 1,883,474
Of the 269 new buildings identified in Tipperary, 227 were residential buildings, 28 were commercial buildings and 14 were dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial elements. These new additions bring the total number of buildings in Tipperary to 33,351 The decrease in new building additions in Tipperary of 22% in the first six months of 2011 is a larger decrease than the 10% drop recorded nationally.
Leitrim showed the largest decrease in new building additions with a 68% drop compared to 2010 and also recorded the smallest number of additions, with just 30 new buildings identified.
Eleven counties, mainly in the East and South East, (Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Waterford and Wicklow) bucked the national trend showing increases in building activity compared to the same period in 2010. The average increase recorded across these counties was 41%, with the largest increase of 80% being recorded in Meath, where 182 new buildings were identified.
While showing a year-on-year decrease of 34% in new building additions, Cork City and County recorded the largest number of new additions in the first six months of 2011, with 825 new buildings identified.
Commenting on the new figures, GeoDirectory CEO, Dara Keogh said: “There has been a downward trend in building activity in recent years following a peak in the first half of 2007 when 60,781 new buildings were added to the GeoDirectory database. Since then, the number of additions to the database each year has fallen, to 7,330 in the first half of 2011. That’s a drop of 88% over the last four years. However, the rate of decline has reduced significantly to just 10% this year and increases in new builds have in fact been recorded in eleven counties in the first half of 2011,” he added.
GeoDirectory will release the figure for the total number of new buildings added to its database during 2011 in January 2012.