Contractors are now on site at Chamber Street in The Liberties to develop a new social housing scheme bounding Weaver Park.
The development by Dublin City Council will provide 55 homes arranged in two blocks of apartments with associated communal courtyards, and a small commercial space. These new homes will be of the highest quality, all with private amenity space, and will provide much needed additional housing in the Liberties area.
The development will create an attractive edge to Weaver Park which is currently surrounded by vacant sites. The buildings will range from three to seven storeys in height with the tallest element facing onto Cork Street, reinforcing the importance of this busy road as a main artery into the city.
The scheme designers Levitt Bernstein Architects and ABK Architects attempted to reinterpret historical facades typical for the Liberties into a modern elevation as a means of retaining a historical continuity with the area’s past. The park elevations are based on a domestic bay system to reflect the narrow plot widths of the historic development pattern. In contrast, the elevations along Cork Street will have larger openings, and a more robust and simpler character to address the urban scale of the area.
Being so close to a busy city park, the rear courtyards of the apartment blocks are intended as ‘sanctuaries’ where residents can experience a bit of quiet in an enclosed external area.
The scheme is expected to be fully completed in late 2021.