October 11, 2019
Hamilton Young Architects were engaged by RHD Housing, C/O The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, on this scheme of new residences in Donnybrook, Dublin D4. In conjunction with Dublin City Council and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government RHD Housing completed the refurbishment and extension of a vacant site in Donnybrook.
Beech Hill Terrace is now a supported housing complex in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. It was opened in December 2018 and provides residents with 19 apartments and a community facility. These apartments are for older adults and people with physical disabilities and are available to rent by people on the Dublin City Council Local Authority housing list. The properties are designed to a high specification, there are 19 one bedroom self-contained apartments here within 2 blocks. There are 5 apartments per floor with access to a lift.
All are level access with open-plan living and dining areas. Each apartment has a wet room and is designed to encourage independent living. Each apartment is fitted with a panic button and motion sensor connected to a 24-hour monitoring station. In addition there are smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, all communal areas access is via fob controls with intercoms for 1st floor units. These additional facilities ensure the tenants have comfortable and secure surroundings in which to socialise and entertain. Safeguarding access to family, friends and essential services is vital to the success of this.
For RHD Housing it was important that they enabled their residents to live for as long as possible in sustainable, good-quality, affordable homes in their own community. The key to achieving this is to provide a safe and secure environment with access to all relevant services and supports.