Award for Cluain Fraoigh Housing Development
The Irish Council for Social Housing Allianz Biennial Community Housing Awards were held on 23rd September and showcased many shortlisted innovative and sustainable social housing projects for communities across the country. Roscommon County Council are delighted to have received an award under the ‘Housing for Families’ small projects category for the Cluain Fraoigh development located in Roscommon town.
The modern ‘A’ building energy rated homes were designed by Longford based consultants Sweeney Architects and constructed by FVG Construction; a Galway based building contractor.
The contemporary shared public space design creates a unique sense of place and community integration by organising the public realm in favour of the pedestrian and cyclist with the parking and bin store moved to a shared car park.
Cycling and pedestrian paths were provided, which can be expanded into future neighbouring developments and link up with the two main roads either side of this scheme via the neighbouring developments. These paths will also benefit the community in the promotion of environmentally friendly transport and as a recreational amenity.
The development includes a unique bespoke housing style with mono pitch zinc effect roofs, heat pumps, extensive glazing and open internal roof space creating large living areas.
There are 4 dwelling types based on a variation of 2 and 3-bed bungalow type, L-shaped plan in a combination of detached and semi-detached homes. The lifecycle of a house and its ability to adapt to all stages of life influenced the design.
Joe Murphy, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council
“I would like to congratulate Roscommon County Council for achieving this distinguished accolade for the delivery of a very impressive and modern housing development. I would also like to wish the new tenants the very best of luck in their new homes”
Conor Fallon, Acting Senior Executive Engineer, Housing Department
“We are thrilled to be associated with this project that has attracted National attention due to its unique and innovative style. We are committed to providing quality housing that meet the needs of households on the waiting list, achieves value for money and enhances the environment in which they are located.”
Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council commented:
“Roscommon County Council are delighted to have received this prestigious award from the Irish Council for Social Housing for this outstanding development. The project raises the bar in terms of residential design that incorporates sustainable communities as a core principle and sets a very high standard for future housing developments to aspire to meet in the future. I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the Housing Business Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage together with Sweeney Architects and FVG Construction Ltd in bringing this unique modern project to fruition.
Every household should have access to secure, good quality housing suited to their needs at an affordable price in a sustainable community. I wish the new tenants all the best in their new homes.”