Community and Elderly Housing Development, Drogheda, County Louth
This former quarry in the centre of Drogheda has been reimagined as a series of sheltered residences and gardens protected by the quarry face from south westerly prevailing winds. To the north of the site, a major transport route into the town centre bounds the edge of the site, falling down to the river. This allows a new raised edge to be formed using changing levels and ramps to make a landscaped access route for residents, connected to a series of particular garden spaces – allotment, orchard, play, lawn and meadows.
The scheme has 66 apartments including 30 specifically designed to meet the needs of an ageing population, with study/ living spaces flexibly incorporating the option of additional bedroom space. Private balconies and shared gardens are complimented by roof terraces on the stepping volumes.
Garden view with community centre to left and communal gardens between dwellings
Approach from north west at entrance to site with landscaped environment along pedestrian areas
Model demonstrating solar orientation, noon sun
Design strategy provides for maximum solar orientation to living spaces, views to landscaped gardens