Liberty House Regeneration
Following a 2003 invited competition, PKA were appointed as Dublin City Council's architects to develop a masterplan for the area between Talbot Street and Sean McDermott Street, a key element of the NEIC Integrated Area Plan's strategy to transform Dublin's most deprived urban area into a neighbourhood where people would choose to live and work, now and into the future.
On foot of the successful completion of the masterplan, PKA were appointed as architects for the regeneration of the Liberty House flats complex that stands between Foley Street and Sean McDermott Street. The project involved demolition of one of the existing 1960s blocks, and its replacement with 56 housing units, comprising a mixture of duplexes and apartments, as well as a new resource centre for the community.
Engaging with the existing tenants was a key element in developing the design; in public meetings and workshop sessions, PKA took developed issues raised by residents, with the result that the completed development has been unanimously well received - by its new residents and the wider community.
All ground floor units have own door access from either the public street or the semi-enclosed internal courtyard; thereby mitigating the opportunities for anti-social behaviour in and around the development.
Designed to achieve an A building energy rating, the project utilises strategies such as passive solar gain, self-condensing boilers, solar water heating, heat recovery systems, highly insulated building fabric and waste recycling.
Completed in August 2014 - on budget and ahead of programme - Liberty House was highly commended in the 2015 RIAI awards.
Client: Dublin City Council
Size: 56 No. Residential units
Reference: Mr Brendan Sullivan, Deputy City Architect, DCC