Latest News » Ballygall Shortlisted for CIH Award
Fold Ireland’s Ballygall development has been shortlisted for Best Small Housing Development in the 2017 Chartered Institute of Housing awards. The winner will be announced at the CIH Awards ceremony on Friday 23 February 2018 at the Titanic Belfast.
The Ballygall project was an old Dublin City Council scheme of 80 bedsits for older people. Some of the blocks had been de-tenanted and were derelict, the remainder had tenants in-situ. The empty blocks were ugly and a target for anti-social behaviour and vandalism which was of great concern to the remaining tenants, the local community and the local authority.
Fold Ireland delivered 50 new, spacious, well designed, sustainable homes and a community hub on the site. Refurbishment was phased and tenants who remained on site moved into the first new units as they were completed. Following the refurbishment, a second phase to the development delivered a further 11 new builds bringing the scheme total to 50 units. The existing tenants were supported and consulted at all stages of the development.
On completion of the scheme, Fold Ireland recruited a community worker for the community hub who facilitates support, and provides advocacy services, exercise classes and opportunities for residents to meet and socialize, and to set up their own interest groups should they wish.
By retaining the existing stock of mature trees and forming three sided courtyard lawns, the new development has settled well into the village of Ballygall, contributing to the sense of place and significantly enhancing the street scape. The site is strategically located between a school, a church, a local service station and local shops, takeaways, doctor’s surgery and major bus routes. The automated gates provide safe, secure parking as well as a sense of seclusion
The project was welcomed enthusiastically by both residents and the local community and featured in a number of local publications with one source calling it a “mini botanic gardens” owing to the beautiful planting by residents. The residents take great pride in their new homes, getting involved in neighbourhood clean-up days and working with volunteers in the gardens. During the summer months the balconies are a riot of colour with residents planting containers and hanging baskets. The community hub is a hive of activity with a walking club, knitting club, coffee morning and exercise classes. Residents have joined up with other local residents groups to organize day trips and holidays.
The local community is delighted that a once derelict collection of buildings has received a new lease of life. The red front doors and light-coloured render of the blocks, linked by external walkways, means that the scheme sits well on the site and provides a presence without overwhelming the local landscape. The residents love their new homes and are overwhelmed by the space and light they now have. They have space to entertain family and friends for the first time, and balconies to sit outside, which has improved the quality of life for many of them.
The scheme has been a great success locally, offering safe, secure, cost effective, low energy homes and peace of mind for residents. Local businesses have benefitted with up to 80 new customers.
The Fold Ireland office regularly receives telephone calls from older people in the area enquiring about getting accommodation there.