Estate Housing

A considerable number of clients have appointed the practice to prepare housing layouts. In most cases, the sites are located within an existing settlement and whilst a client may have a specific brief in terms of the number and type of dwellings to be built guidance is often required ensure that the new homes pay proper respect to any noteworthy features on the site and merge seamlessly with their surroundings.

The practice has also gained a reputation for the effective use of land utilising its skills for maximising the amount of development that can be obtained on a site having regard to local planning authority policies and standards.


Projects

Cook's Shipyard, Wivenhoe
Aikens Village, Stepaside
Aikens Village is located within one of the outer suburbs of Dublin. The land was acquired by P. Elliott & Co. who requested the practice to prepare Master Plan followed by a planning application to the Dn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

The over-arching aim of the development is to create a 'sense of place 'for the new residents. This will be achieved by securing a high standard of design in respect of the built environment and introducing suitable urban design features to create a townscape that is unique and distinctive.

The development contains three main components namely a residential area of over 400 dwellings, local facilities comprising two shops, four office units, a crche, sports accommodation and two substantial areas of public open space. The main Central Park extends the length of the site and contains footpaths and cycleways as well as a range of recreational facilities. The area covered by the development is approximately 11.8 hectares.

The layout consists of a series of linked urban spaces which are permeable, have a human scale and are diverse in townscape character. Importantly, Central Park will be contained by the fronts of dwellings creating a well-defined and attractive built edge as well as providing surveillance of activities within the open space.

A wide range of dwelling types have been prepared to meet all sections of the community. They are located to form cohesive groups which will give visual interest and contribute towards the creation of a unique identity. The inspiration for their design comes from the robust simplicity of 'traditional' architectural forms.

Dublin Road, Kilminchy
Weald Road, Brentwood
Harpers Lane, Portlaoise
The Crescent, Portmarnock
Knock Rushen, Castletown
Cambridge Close, Stock
Great Berry, Laindon