What we do

Roughan & O'Donovan delivers quality residential building solutions while balancing the need to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.  

Our work extends from small-scale infill development within existing social housing estates to new private housing schemes with 400+ homes.


  • Private housing 
  • Social housing
  • Sheltered housing
  • Senior living housing
  • Student accommodation
  • Multi-storey apartments
  • Major urban regeneration schemes
  • Infill developments


Our team collaborates with architects, planners, landscape designers and other specialists to develop optimised designs that integrate well with their context and setting.


Our clients include local authorities, private developers, contractors, housing associations, receivers and the State's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).

We work with local authorities to develop master plans and local area plans for new residential communities.


We are more than just experts in buildings.  We offer a wide range of integrated, specialist services across the full building life cycle, including:


Our experience of planning procedures extends to the relatively new Strategic Housing Development process for large-scale applications direct to An Bord Pleanála (Regulations of May 2017).

Transport planning

Our transport planning team guides the design of new urban settlements with a focus on sustainable transport, walking and cycling, low-speed traffic systems, mobility management plans and road safety audits.

Environmental services

Our environmental services include ecological surveys, screening assessment, Environmental Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessments.

Site developments

We provide a fully integrated service for site developments, including:

  • street layouts
  • geometric design for road alignments
  • Civil 3D terrain modelling
  • structures
  • utility services
  • water supply
  • flood risk assessment
  • drainage, including Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is our key focus in the practical application of the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS), for which ROD Director Seamus MacGearailt was a peer reviewer.


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