The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a commercial State-sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of new homes.

The Government has earmarked capital of €1.25 billion to the LDA to support its activities. It is fully operational and has a growing staffing platform comprising experienced professionals with financial and property backgrounds.
The LDA was established on 13th September, 2018 by way of Establishment Order under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971, and will be grounded by enabling legislation which is currently going through the legislative process.

Our Mission

Optimise State land usage and contribute to make sustainable, compact development happen where and when it should be happening.

Our Strategic Focus

01.

Optimal use of State land

The LDA has a mandate from Government to advise on the most optimal use of the State’s land holdings. It will analyse and make recommendations where land within the State sector could be utilised for better purposes while accommodating existing operations in other ways.

02.

Develop State land

The LDA will acquire and develop land in a selective, targeted way that boosts housing supply. When the LDA accesses State land, it will ensure the delivery of development. It is open to direct delivery through the appointment of contractors and will also seek to enter into joint venture arrangements with developers.

03.

Provide better housing choices

The LDA will devise structures to provide for the delivery of affordable housing solutions on sites that it sources from the State. We are interested in long-term financially and socially sustainable ways to deliver affordable housing such as cost rental and other tenures.

04.

Partnering with Local Authorities

LDA partners with Local Authorities nationwide in relation to the more effective use of State lands and ensuring a stable and sustainable supply of land for housing.

Our Projects

The LDA is currently driving projects that will yield thousands of social, affordable and private homes. The Agency is constantly seeking to add to its portfolio. The LDA is active on housing and development projects with development costs in excess of €1 billion.

Current housing and supporting developments include:

Hacketstown, Skerries, Dublin

Estimated number of homes:

approx. 200

Current status:

Design team appointed

Next step:

Preparation of planning application underway

Shanganagh, Shankill, Dublin

Estimated number of homes:

600

Current status:

Masterplan design complete

Next step:

Lodgement of planning application

St Kevin’s Hospital, Cork

Estimated number of homes:

200

Current status:

Architectural and Engineering services out for tender

Next step:

Appoint design team post tender process

Castlelands, Balbriggan, Dublin

Estimated number of homes:

800-1,000

Current status:

Design team tender being prepared

Next step:

Appoint design team

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin

Estimated number of homes:

1,200

Current status:

Design principles establishment and other preparatory work underway

Next step:

Planning workshop with local authority, community engagement sessions

Devoy Barracks, Naas, Kildare

Estimated number of homes:

c. 200

Current status:

Architectural and Engineering services out for tender

Next step:

Appoint design team

Meath Hospital, Dublin 8

Estimated number of homes:

100

Current status:

Tender for architectural and engineering services

Next step:

Engagement with HSE operational division in relation to design suitability and programme delivery

Dyke Road, Galway

Estimated number of homes:

250 plus significant work and leisure space

Current status:

Commercial and development feasibility study

Next step:

Further engagement with Galway City Council in relation to project delivery

Columb Barracks, Mullingar

Estimated number of homes:

200

Current status:

Development feasibility study underway

Next step:

Appoint design team upon completion of feasibility study

FAQS

The LDA will have two main functions:

a) Coordinating appropriate State lands for regeneration and development, opening up key sites which are not being used effectively for housing delivery; and

b) Driving strategic land assembly, working with both public and private sector land owners to smooth out peaks and troughs of land supply, stabilising land values and delivering increased affordability.

The LDA has an immediate focus on assessing, accessing and managing the State’s own lands to develop new housing-led projects and repurpose under-utilised sites.

In the longer-term it will assemble strategic land areas from a mix of public and private sources, making these available for housing in a controlled manner with the objective of supporting long-term stability in the Irish housing market.

It will act within a the Government policy that all public land disposals from non-commercial State bodies must deliver at least 40% of any housing potential on such lands in the form of social and affordable housing.

Sites will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The LDA has a national remit. Its focus is on supporting compact urban growth and regeneration. Hence, the LDA will prioritise Ireland’s key urban locations.

In the short-term, the LDA can support affordable housing delivery mechanism by utilising its access to State owned lands. In the long-term, by assisting with the coordination of larger-scale land areas ahead of the planning and infrastructure delivery stages, the Agency can help stabilise and moderate development land prices, thereby tackling upward pressure on housing delivery costs.

The LDA is accountable to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The LDA will work with local authorities, state agencies and the private sector to deliver opportunity sources from the State sector and to identify public and private land areas for development purposes.

The LDA has access to an initial portfolio of sites capable of delivering up to 3,000 homes and continually engages with State sector bodies to unlock further land areas. Due to the fact that the LDA’s initial portfolio of sites had not been advanced from a design and planning perspective, significant work is underway to position them for housing delivery. Notwithstanding this, the Agency expects to deliver the first homes in 2021.

Government funding of €1.25 billion has been made available to the LDA.

Current Opportunities

Assistant Project Manager

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Project Manager to join our Development Team.

As the Assistant Project Manager, you will work on a variety of property related projects. Reporting to the Development Manager, you will be a key contributor to the effective delivery of project work streams from early concept stage through procurement, design and construction to completion and handover.

Requirements

To be considered for this role, we are looking for someone who has:

  • 2-5 years experience in the various stages of property development
  • a recognised degree level qualification in construction/ development sector
  • knowledge of development processes and an understanding of the Irish planning, development and construction sector
  • technical and project management skills
  • the ability to work well within a team environment.

Applications

Apply now by sending your CV and a Cover Letter outlining why this opportunity is of interest to you to recruitment@lda.ie . The closing date for receipt of applications for this vacancy is 8th November 2019.

You can view the full job specifiection here: Assistant Project Manager Job Specification