Top awards for ground-breaking cost rental and landmark restoration projects

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council secured the overall national winner award at the Irish Council for Social Housing Community Housing Awards 2023 for the Enniskerry Road ‘Woodside’ cost rental project, on October 18th.

The Biennial Community Awards were presented by RTE presenter Anne Cassin. 

Speaking at the 2023 Community Housing Awards, Donal McManus, Chief Executive of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) said: “The Enniskerry Road ‘Woodside’ cost rental project is the first of its kind and has proved a great success of itself. It is also as an exemplar demonstration project, effectively green lighting the expansion of the cost rental model. What stood out for judges was the strength of the partnership that delivered the scheme; the very high-quality design and landscaping as well as the use of communal spaces, was duly commended. The strength of the project’s development partnership has also led to the growth of a very effective management partnership between scheme managers Respond and Tuath Housing Associations.” 

Catherine Keenan, Director of Housing, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council said “Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council are delighted to win the ICSH Community Housing overall winner award 2023. We would like to recognise the collaborative efforts of the Council, Tuath Housing, Respond, the Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Housing Agency to deliver the first purpose-built cost rental scheme in the country”. 

Mr McManus of the ICSH added “The 2023 award entries demonstrate the dedication of the sector (both AHBs and local authorities) and the scale of the social and affordable housing development work that is ongoing throughout the country, but that often remains unseen. ‘These entries from local authorities, approved housing bodies, and cooperative housing bodies exemplify the collaborative work that is happening to deliver housing to those who need it most and during very challenging times. We would like to recognise the support of the Department of Housing, local Government, and Heritage in the delivery of these projects.” 

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