This project follows on from the Master plan study for the regeneration of Ballymun, which OMP  co-authored with McCormac Jameson Pritchard.  These were the first two phases of housing development in the new neighbourhood of Balcurris and comprise 90 family houses, duplex units and a small number of Apartments. The sites frame and define the eastern and western edges of a new public park, Balcurris Park.  The scheme design is influenced by the Georgian terraces of Dublin where a simple repeated module, a long terrace and a strong parapet line define the enclosure.

The layout comprises 3 storey continuous terraces addressing the Park with rear courtyards at a lower 2-storey scale. There are eight different house types in this scheme of 2, 3 and 4 bed dwellings. The predominant house type in a typical terrace features a projecting stairwell to the front facade, a devise designed to offer identity to each home whilst creating a rhythm to the extended elevation. Special house types are employed to distinguish the ends of terraces with small apartment buildings located at prominent corners. Blue black engineering brick, white pigmented render and natural timber windows are the principle material finishes. throughout. 

Portrait of author John O'Mahony


Author: John O'Mahony


The Ballymun Regeneration Masterplan began in 1998 and was aimed at resuscitating the failed Local Authority “New Town” in the north of Dublin City by creating five distinct neighborhoods in which buildings, functions and spaces related to each other in a legible and humanly scaled manner. OMP was responsible for the design of two areas of housing within the neighbourhoods of Balcurris and Coultry.

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Park side social Housing in regeneration area


Masterplan to regenerate urban community on 140 hectare site


Social housing overlooking new public park

  • Size90 units
  • Contractor Gama Construction
  • Status Completed