Father Scully House, designed by Coady Architects and built by Collen Construction, has won the coveted House Building Project of the Year award at this year’s Irish Building and Design Awards, which took place at the Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday 22 April. Father Scully House is a new energy-efficient, 99-apartment, mixed-use, inner-city social housing development with street frontage to Middle Gardiner Street and Grenville Street at the corner of Mountjoy Square South.
The Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) chairperson, Dan O’Connor said, ‘The CHAS vision for the new Father Scully House was to build a state-of -the -art, 21st century inner city social housing complex that would set the standard for all other inner city social housing projects. What sets this building apart from others is that it was built specifically with older persons in mind so that they could enjoy independent living and a high quality lifestyle in a modern, well designed, energy-efficient inner city environment.’
The build, which cost €17m, was grant-funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with the funding administered by Dublin City Council’s Housing Department and overseen by CHAS. It incorporates three retail units, office accommodation and 99 residential apartments in two adjoining buildings – one five storey, one seven storey – and includes an internal landscaped courtyard. The apartments are devoted to homes for older persons, each with a living room and generous balcony, with concierge services and security provided from ground floor offices, while meeting rooms at roof level are available for communal activities. With energy-efficiency BER ratings of A3 and B1 the development features rainwater harvesting, solar panels and winter garden balconies in addition to landscaping works in the courtyard.
The Father Scully House complex is run by CHAS, a small voluntary organisation whose purpose is to provide affordable social housing for people over 55. The organisation is not-for-profit’ and receives no direct state funding towards the building’s operating and maintenance costs. All rental income goes solely towards the cost of maintaining the buildings.