Latest News > Tur Liath – Council’s social housing scheme in Fermoy officially opened
This week, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Séamus McGrath opened the Tur Liath housing scheme in Oliver Plunkett Hill Fermoy. The scheme, completed by MMD Construction is the first in a number of Council built construction projects which will be delivered over the coming years.
“Tur Liath is the first of many such housing schemes that Cork County Council is making available to the people of Cork County. This is indicative of the great progress being made in the delivery of high quality housing, in requested areas, to the highest of design standards. I wish the residents of Tur Liath every happiness in their new homes.”
Tur Liath was purchased as a series of individual derelict sites some 15 years ago yielding an overall site area of circa 0.02 acres. The development comprises 10 units, one 3 bed family type unit, six 2 bed duplex apartments and three 1 bed ground floor units. The provision of duplex and apartment type housing provided scope to increase the site density while meeting the requirement to provide an iconic design at the prominent junction between Sheares St and Oliver Plunkett Hill.
Designed by the Council’s Architects Department and constructed by MMD Construction, with a contract value in excess of €1.6m, Tur Liath combines innovative social housing design with urban regeneration. A formerly abandoned area now offers a variety of housing types with high standards of design, evident in the distinctive front facade, and environmental performance through energy technologies such as high efficiency condensing gas boilers, high specification thermal insulation and considering the amount, orientation and U-Values of the glazing to optimize the benefits of sunlight, daylight and solar gain.
The scheme consists of both communal and private sber of Council built construction projects which will be delivered over the coming years.paces allowing residents retain a level of privacy while the communal courtyard would provide an accessible, secure and usable outdoor area which would act as a social mixing ground to create a vibrant community.
Careful attention was given to the design of the courtyard layout, lighting, pergola, paving and choice of planting in order to define and complement the open spaces provided. Each dwelling has an associated outdoor private space in the form of a small yard or a small balcony. Particular care was taken with the design of the yard boundaries to ensure that they enhanced the visual quality of the courtyard while providing a clear separation between the public and private realm.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted the number of housing projects, “Schemes in Carrigaline, Macroom and Castletownbere are at tender stage while proposed developments in Clonakilty, Ballincollig, Kanturk, Dripsey, Dunmanway, Cloyne, Skibbereen, Mitchelstown, Dunmanway and Courtmacsherry are progressing through the planning process. In addition Cork County Council is the lead authority for Public Private Partnership Bundle Two, which will see the progress of 400 units, in six local authority areas, through planning later this year.”