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Metropolitan Workshop’s Dublin housing scheme wins approval

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Metropolitan Workshop’s Dublin office has won planning permission for a 20-home scheme in the city’s southern suburb 

The Annesley Gardens project, for Seabren Developments, sits in a former light industrial backland with the site surrounded on all sides by protected period housing.

The project comprises two house types: four-bedroom houses with asymmetric bay windows; and three-bedroom houses that feature entrances projecting over the threshold to create covered entrances.

All of the homes will be two storeys with an additional floor of accommodation in the roof spaces. They have been designed in brick to fit in alongside their 19th-century neighbours.

Primary access will be via an existing laneway from the adjacent terraced street of 19th-century red-brick houses.

According to Metropolitan Workshop, in contrast to housing regulations in London, the separation distances between buildings in Dublin are greater at around 20m.

The practice was able to achieve this level of separation on a particularly tight site through acute configurations of first floor terraces and cut-backs.

The practice’s Dublin studio director Jonny McKenna said: ‘Annesley Gardens demonstrates how carefully modelled schemes can bring forward characterful places on backland urban sites.

’Increasing densities close to existing services and transport links delivers on the government’s aspiration to build 40 per cent of new homes within the built-up footprint of existing settlements’. 

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1809 aerial view 2 drawing 2

Project data

Type of project Private residential development
Client Seabren Developments 
Architect Metropolitan Workshop
Landscape architect Áit Urbanism and Landscape 
Structural and Civils Engineer CORA
M&E consultant Dynamic Design Consultants
Quantity surveyor / Project Management MGM Partnership
Planning supervisor Doyle Kent Planning and Architecture
Sunlight and daylighting consultant Integrated Environmental Solutions
Main contractor Mount Collins Homes 
Funding Private
Tender date September 2019
Gross internal floor area 3,232m² (20 dwellings)
Form of contract and/or procurement RIAI Blue Form of Building Contract (without quantities) 2017 edition.

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