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Drogheda Social Housing Scheme Wins National Architecture Award

A social housing development for families and elderly people in Drogheda, Co Louth has been named the winner of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s (RIAI) 2020 public choice award.

Designed by Drogheda-based architecture practice McKevitt King on the site of a former fire station, the Tooting Meadow social housing development consists of 15 homes and was commissioned by the north and east housing association.

It is located on Scarlet Street and is named after Tooting Tower, which formed part of the nearby walls of Drogheda.

Kylemore Abbey interpretation project in Connemara, Co Galway designed by Axo Architects.

 Kylemore Abbey interpretation project in Connemara, Co Galway designed by Axo Architects.

RIAI president Ciaran O’Connor described the development as “the perfect example” of quality housing which “addresses the country’s changing demographics while also creating sustainable neighbourhoods in our towns and villages”.

Tooting Meadow “transformed a derelict site in the town centre into a mixed-unit development with community at its core,” said Mr O’Connor.

Tooting Meadow was one of 33 projects completed in 2019 and designed by RIAI-registered architects to be shortlisted for the public choice award.

Scoil Mhuire National School in Monivea, Co Galway, designed by SJK architects.

 Scoil Mhuire National School in Monivea, Co Galway, designed by SJK architects.

Kylemore Abbey interpretation project in Connemara, designed by Axo Architects, was awarded second place followed by Scoil Mhuire National School in Monivea, Co Galway, designed by SJK architects, in third.

RKD architects received the fourth place award for Roe and Co Distillery – the former Guinness Power House – in Dublin 8. Buildings across Ireland and abroad were shortlisted for the award with projects in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Tyrone, London and France considered for the prize.

An RIAI statement said the public choice award helped build awareness of the “important role that architecture plays in delivering Ireland’s societal and economic infrastructure”.

Roe and Co Distillery. Designed by RKD architects, at the former Guinness Power House in Dublin 8.

 Roe and Co Distillery. Designed by RKD architects, at the former Guinness Power House in Dublin 8.

The RIAI distributes architecture awards across a range of categories including sustainability, cultural/public buildings, learning environments, public spaces, urban design and innovation. The full list of award winners will be announced in the autumn.

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