Latest News » Fold Ireland picks up two awards at ICSH biannual Conference
We are thrilled that Fold Ireland won two awards at the ICSH biannual Conference on Wednesday 27th September for our scheme in Ballygall, one for the Regeneration Category and the Allianz Community Housing Award.
The development on Dublin City’s north side, located at Ballygall Road East in Glasnevin, provides 38 one-bed and one two-bed modern and fully accessible apartments with an adjoining community centre.
Our Development Manager Tina Donaghy described the site as, “a new approach to social housing provision for older people that combines private finance and local authority support which could be replicated with other local authorities throughout the country.”
She expressed her gratitude that Dublin City Council - who originally developed site in 1969 - had the confidence to transfer this site to Fold Ireland. In partnership with the Council, the regeneration project was funded with private finance from the Bank of Ireland as well as Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) funding from the Department of Environment.
The site at Ballygall Road East, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 supports a series of five, two storey apartment blocks bounded by Ballygall Road East to the west, St Canice’s Road to the north and West Park Drive to the south. To the eastern boundary of the site there is a large Nursing Home complex owned in part by Fold Ireland, this latter facility offers ‘support’ to the Ballygall Road East site through the nursing staff, kitchen and laundry facilities, should it be required.
The existing stocks of mature trees were retained to ensure the development settled well into the village of Glasnevin, maintaining the identity and character of the area. The site is strategically located between a school, a church, a local service station and local shops, to overcome any vehicular access issues automated controlled vehicular gates are situated at each end of the site.
The regeneration project in Ballygall Road, in partnership with Dublin City Council, was one of the first projects of its kind. Thus, from this, Fold Ireland has gained great experience with managing Local Authority tenants and stock transfers as through successful delivery of 50 new units of quality accommodation in Ballygall.
The refurbishment was phased and the tenants who remained on the site moved into the first new units as they were completed. Following the refurbishment, there was a second phase to the development which produced a further 11 newly built units bringing the scheme total to 50 units. The existing tenants were supported and consulted at all stages of the development.
Fold Ireland employs experienced, qualified housing and care professionals to manage the day to day operations in Ballygall and elsewhere.
Tina Donaghy said, “At Fold Ireland we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of all our residents, this includes providing them with care and support. The teams at Fold Ireland attend structured training to ensure they provide the most efficient and appropriate services to our tenants, residents and clients.
“We recruited two community workers for the day centre in Ballygall who will organise support and advocacy services, meals, exercise classes and an opportunity for residents to meet and socialise and to set up their own interest groups should they wish.
“As part of our independence ethos we encourage tenants to become actively involved and take ownership of their surroundings. Our aim is to empower the tenants, residents and clients to live more fulfilling lives and to integrate in the community. From our experience with our supported housing schemes we find integration with the local community creates a sense of normality, dignity and respect. We seek to create a homely and non-institutional atmosphere in all our schemes.
“We are so proud of team and of our Ballygall development. These Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the project who recognised our vision for regeneration, which has resulted in not only great homes, but a great place to live.”
Watch our short film about the redevelopment of our scheme at Ballygall https://youtu.be/qOF4_uftV3s
Have a read of this article in The Journal about our the homes at Ballygall http://www.thejournal.ie/community-elderly-housing-3633225-Oct2017/