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Saint Vincent de Paul, Malahide

Following the success of our Gorey project, PKA was again commissioned by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, in association with Fingal County Council, to design this sheltered housing and communal building development at Estuary Road, Malahide.

The design consists of two ranges of housing along opposing sides of the site; a curved terrace winds along the western boundary, and this is faced by a series of pavilion blocks, each containing three units, which screen the adjoining estate housing to the east.

Making an enclosed garden as the focus of the scheme provides a secure ambience for the elderly residents. All living rooms face into this open space, maximising passive surveillance and generating an environment of communal engagement among residents.

The mix comprises of 31 one-bedroom, and 6 two-bedroom units. All are fully accessible and fully meet the relevant standards and code requirements for disabled access.

Using state-of-the-art technologies to reduce carbon emissions, the scheme has obtained a B1 energy rating, with solar panels, self condensing boilers and high insulation levels.

The project has been widely praised by it's new residents and housing professionals alike. It received the 2009 Irish Council for Social Housing Award for housing for the elderly.

Client: Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Value: €6,103,308
Size: 2,000 sqm

Reference: Mr. Pat Sheehy, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Malahide.
Design: 2004
Completion: 2008