RKD has designed a residential scheme which integrates seamlessly with the existing surrounding residential developments on a difficult site in Co. Laois. The development has vehicular and pedestrian access from the north and south from Athy Road and Church Lane.
The key element of this design is the introduction of a unique “linear ribbon park” which ties the site together and feeds into individual pocket gardens which are then arranged around cluster housing. The pocket gardens are designed to give a sense of place and identity to each of the gardens, creating a series of interlinked gardens which feed into one another. An innovating aspect to this development was the inclusion of a crèche and a community centre which RKD designed to serve the residents of the development allowing residents to be provided with essential crèche and community centre facilities within walking distance of the home. These amenities promote neighbour awareness and reduce the carbon footprint of the development by eliminating the need for car travel to and from the crèche and inviting the site to be explored by foot, bicycle, skateboard, etc.
RKD has completed a number of previous similar schemes, such as Killbarry and Cahir which exemplified this approach to large scale residential development design. Our expertise in designing residential developments which enhance the quality of life for the residents is a key element of our approach to residential development design. We work closely with a number of Landscape Architects who understand the importance of the landscape to design to our residential scheme. In our experience residential developments offer an exciting opportunity to explore different design models for residential community living.
The client was extremely impressed by our design concept of the ribbon park and our ability to achieve and deliver a high residential density for the site, thus maximising the commercial value of the project.
Co. Laois, Ireland
110,000 sq. m.