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Roscommon County Council urgently needed more social housing. The estate had to have low maintenance running costs for both the Council and the tenants. It also had to take in the needs of all members of the community to make it a truly inclusive housing estate.

Roscommon County Council's choice of site was next to an existing estate. The new housing estate needed not only to be part of the existing estate, but also to have its own identity. The client also wanted to create a close-knit community, which took pride in its homes and environs. Therefore, to take into account all of this, a radical re-think on social housing was needed.

Sweeney Architects were thrilled to be awarded the contract. The brief chimed with our own ethos of what buildings should be. Buildings should benefit people, enrich lives, and, quite literally, not cost the Earth. Sweeney Architects' proven track record in sustainably designed buildings, for such specialist clients such as the HSE (the Health Services Executive) Ireland, and the Department of Education and Skills, enabled us to fully understand the complex needs of the client.

The scheme incorporates a shared surface idea, banishing cars from front garden areas of the houses and reorganises the public realm in favour of the pedestrian and cyclist with the parking and bin store moved to a shared car park for these two and three bedroom houses. Extensive glazing and open rooves create large open living spaces. Insulation fitted on the outside of the rooves allows inhabitants to enjoy the exposed internal timber. The attic space is reduced and optimised to allow more space to the habitable area.

“Sweeney Architects achieved all our goals with the Cluain Fraoigh Housing development. They were creative yet cost conscious with design solutions, responsive, diligent when addressing action items, and, above all committed to Roscommon County Council." Martin Lydon, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council.

We were delighted to respond to, and with credit to our client, have hopefully produced something really special. We would love you to VOTE FOR US - Thank you! Voting ends midnight on Monday 13th September Click HERE to Vote