The development was partially constructed under two previous planning applications in 2004 and 2006.
The residential development had been partially completed and work ceased on the scheme when the main contractor went into receivership in 2011. As a result of this RAU were commissioned to complete the development through an open tender process for Full Architectural Services.
The project brief was to demolish parts of the development that are no longer considered viable and to complete and amend those elements of the scheme that can be finished to a satisfactory standard to enable occupation. This involved a redesign of all the interiors to comply with current Building Regulations and DCC Residential Development Standards.
Number of Units
Total of 19no. units Block B – 8no. 2 bed houses Block C – 2 houses comprising 1no. 1bed unit and 1no. 3.bed unit Block D – 5 no. 3 bed houses and 4 no. duplex apartments.
Main Service Provided
Designer and PSDP RIAI Project Stages 1 to 7 PSDP - RIAI Project Stages 1 to 8 Client TA (Technical Advisor) RIAI Project Stage 8
The project consisted of the following works: -
To demolish Block A and A2 in their entirety. These blocks accommodated 19 apartment units and 2 no. houses. It was not intended to reconstruct these blocks. Block A/A2 were replaced with a new landscaped open space area. This landscaped space served as a communal semi private open space area to the residents of the scheme.
It was envisaged that there may be scope to develop a residential block at this location in the future should funding become available.
The intention was to resolve the site to a high standard, improve its visual appearance and allow for the completion of the remaining blocks.
Block C was demolished due to its poor structural condition but was redesigned into 2 similar bungalows for wheelchair user tenants. This was co-ordinated by RAU with the local HSE OT.
The structure of the remaining blocks (B and D) were retained. However, a number of modifications were made to each block in order to improve their internal layout and meet current building regulations and DCC development standards. The elevations of the blocks (B, C and D) were also redesigned.
Block D which was partially constructed and accommodated with 5 no. 3 bed houses and the “Living Machine”. The block as constructed was retained and permission was sought for its completion. The 5 no. 3 bed 3 storey houses were completed. Internal amendments including the omission of the cold larders within the kitchen areas were made. This increased the area of the individual kitchens by 3m² . The block was modified to omit the previously approved 3 storey conservatory which housed a demonstration wastewater system (the Living Machine).
This element was converted to accommodate 4 no. 2 bed duplex units. There is a small caretaker’s office located at ground floor level. The basement was converted into a caretaker’s suite and storage area.