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Southill Older Person’s Accommodation Wins Best Housing in Irish Architecture Awards




The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

A new apartment complex dedicated to older persons as part of the Limerick Regeneration Programme has won the Best Housing Category at the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards.



The award winning 35 apartment development at Colivet Court in Colivet Drive Southill consists of 14 one bed apartments and 21 two bedroom apartments. The complex was designed by ABK Architects and built by Clancy Construction at a cost of €5.6m.

The 3,400M2 of fully accessible apartments together with communal facilities are organised around a central garden court and the project is the first phase in the re-development of the Southill area of the city.

“These apartments are specifically designed to be suitable for accommodation for older persons over 50 years of age, they’re finished to a really high standard and we’re delighted that they have received such an honour at the prestigious Irish Architecture Awards,” said Caroline Curley, Director of Services, Limerick City and County Council. “As well as looking really impressive, the Colivet Court development will have significant benefits for the new residents in terms of comfort and cost savings and all are highly energy efficient with a B1 BER energy rating.”


The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

Speaking on behalf of ABK Architects, Director, John Parker, said the company was delighted to have received the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) Award for Best Housing.

“It was very much a team effort working with Limerick City and County Council to deliver this project and our plan was to provide the kind of services and homes that the community in Southill needs,” he said. “It was a real pleasure to turn a former green patch into such a bright and welcoming complex and hopefully the communal garden will blossom over the summer months providing a relaxing and calming space for residents. This is the first of a number of projects we plan to work on with Limerick Regeneration over the coming months and we’re very much looking forward to that.”


The Office of Regeneration is in the process of developing plans for the Churchfields site in Southill and starting the next phase of thermal upgrade works in Ballinacurra Weston.

The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

The award winning Colivet Court – Photo by Paul Tierney.

Phase two of the older persons accommodation in Vizes Court is also coming on stream in the coming weeks and €1.4m has recently been approved for the Coonagh-Knockalisheen Road scheme to advance to full tender stage.

The scheme, a key element of the Moyross Regeneration Programme, will provide a new link road to Moyross, and a new 3km urban style dual carriageway between the R857 at the Coonagh roundabout and the Knockalisheen Road along the North West side of the city. 

The Office of Regeneration will relocate to the former site of the Steering Wheel Pub in Roxboro on the southside of the city in the coming weeks.




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