This mixed-use development is located on a site of 18 hectares near Johnstown Co. Kildare. The integration of residential with educational and healthcare uses is intended to create a sense of social balance and sustainability within this new community. While primarily residential in nature the scheme also includes a Girl’s Secondary school, a primary school, a children’s hospice, and a crèche.
A total of 274 two and three storey dwellings are dispersed within the scheme which contains a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced house types. Front and rear gardens and off-street parking areas are provided to each unit. Open spaces are fronted by the residential units allowing for continuous shared ‘ownership’ of these spaces.
The Girls Secondary School scheme is formed around two internal courtyards allowing daylight to penetrate into all parts of the building. The school is composed of 24 classrooms, lecture rooms, library and gymnasium with staff facilities and ancillary rooms. There are extensive outdoor play areas including football and hockey pitches, basketball, netball and tennis courts. The single storey mixed primary school is located to the west of the secondary school and houses 8 no classrooms accessed off a single corridor which fronts an extensive outdoor play area. Each of the classrooms has full height glazing which afford views to the landscaped courtyards outside.
The Children’s Hospice provides an environment of calm and comfort suited to the needs of palliative care. The building enjoys high levels of natural light and serene views of its surroundings within extensive landscaped gardens.
A single storey crèche forms part of the overall development, relating closely to its extensive outdoor children’s play areas.
Landscaped open spaces and the close proximity of these various uses allow for a balanced pedestrian-friendly community.
Co. Kildare, Ireland