Dublin City Council launched a design competition to secure a joint venture partnership that would build social and affordable housing on a 4 hectare / 10 acre council owned site in the west of the city. 30% of the units would be shared ownership housing with the balance to be for private sale at a fixed affordable price. The brief required the design of innovative high density, own door, family housing with surface parking and quality amenity spaces throughout. The housing must be economical to build but using innovative modern methods of construction to ensure speedy erection of quality controlled dwellings.
OMP , in collaboration with Park Developments and John Sisk and Sons won the competition. The development includes 376 Duplex units, Apartments and Family houses achieving a density of 94 units per hectare. The triangular site dictated a solution that included 4 storey terraces addressing the perimeter boundries reducing in scale to 3 and 2 storey heights approaching the centre of the site where a creche and a park are located.
The 4 storey terraces are designed to replicate a traditional Victorian Dublin model with repeating bays of 6 own door apartments and duplex units, each served by a single external stairway with small feature Apartment buildings bookending each terrace. The 3 story terrace has a traditional house at ground and first floor with an apartment at third floor accessed via a feature stairs . Over 200 dwellings have private rere gardens with the balance provided with large terraced balconys.
An innovative prefabricated ,load bearing, concrete panel system was designed and employed on the project which ensured that the scheme was delivered to a programme that was 35% quicker than traditional building methods and at no additional cost.