Great Northern Haven

project scope: The key aim of the Great Northern Haven development is to create alternative accommodation for people, as they get older or infirm, to live independently in their homes, redirecting the delivery of care from an institutional setting to a home and community setting.

context: The Project has been developed on a brownfield site within walking distance of the town centre allowing residents to participate and contribute to the community.
The site was part of the great northern railway works which was also occupied by the adjacent HSE primary care centre.

sustainability: It is a low energy adaptive housing, where building fabric performance exceeds the building regs requirements by up to 60% and space & hot water heating is provided via a biomass district heating system. Dual aspect design ensures all apartments are naturally lit and can be naturally ventilated. An MVHR system is also provided which along with window and door sensors linked to heating automation increases efficiency & significantly reduces heating costs for tenants.

design challenge: To achieve a flexible building layout and a comprehensive IT infrastructure to facilitate the re-organisation of the home and the introduction of tele-health and other ambient assistive living technologies for residents with a wide range of abilities.

awards & exhibition: uk over 50’s housing award – 2009

publication: Construct Ireland issue 1 volume 5 may/ june 2010