A project which rejuvinated one of the oldest residential areas of Longford town has clinched a prestigious national award.
At the Allianz Community Housing Awards at the Irish Council for Social Housing’s National Social Housing Conference in Wexford last week, the Cluid Housing Association received the overall award for its project on St Michael’s Road in Longford town.
The work consisted of demolition, refurbishment and new build construction with the new estate comprising of 37 homes, including 18 refurbished units and 19 new build houses, including 10 bungalows.
According to the judging panel, the project was considered to be exemplar in “undertaking really effective community consultationand partnership delivering excellent local community renewal and integration whilst retaining the essential character and architectural elements of the original streetscape... the project is a testament to the enormous hard work and dedication by Cluid with the project being a true success from the point of view of all the stakeholders involved.”
Presenting the awards at the conference was Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD and the Deputy Mayor of Wexford, Joe Ryan.
Donal McManus, Executive Director at the ICSH, said: “A record number of submissions were received this year and the standard was exceptionally high, which demonstrates the quality of social housing across the country.”
The Community Housing Awards were established in 2003 by the ICSH to recognise excellence in good design and housing management and strong links with the local community for local authorities, housing associations and co-operatives.