Mount Saint Anne’s is one of the largest mixed use, up market, private redevelopment projects in inner suburban Dublin. Located on 9.2 hectares/22 acres of institutionally zoned land, the site was previously the mother house for a religious order of nuns and a farm. The community included a primary and a secondary school, a number of listed convent buildings, a chapel and numerous outbuildings. The site adjoins a local Parish church and is situated between a busy primary commuter road with its bus routes to the East, a Luas light rail line on the Western boundary and local schools and their playing fields to the North and the South. Due to its elevated position overlooking a local river, the site is visually dominant in the local neighbourhood.
The scheme is a development, in two phases, of 650 dwellings and 2,000 Sqm of non- residential uses including offices and shops, a medical clinic, a crèche, a gym, a Parish hall and some priest’s accommodation. There are a total of 480 apartments and 170 family houses and duplexes with an average density of 75 dwellings per hectare / 30 dwellings per acre.
The apartments and houses are designed to target all sectors of the market from 1 bed apartments appealing to the single person up to large 5 bedroom houses for growing familys.
The urban form of the layout has at its centre a large, intensively landscaped new 2 hectare/ 4.5 acre park, providing different zones of activity and treatment and incorporating fine stands of existing mature trees. The site is accessed and serviced for its entire width by a formal avenue which crosses the site to the north of the new park from the north eastern corner and links to a series of side streets, courtyards and gardens which are clear and legible, descending in scale and moving from public to semi-public, to the private domain. The park is enclosed and defined about its four edges by 4, 5 and 6 storey apartment buildings, which have living rooms and inset balconies at upper levels overlooking the green space and ground floor apartments with generous patios and zones of privacy planting defining the public and private boundaries to its edges.