Ellis Court is a social housing development, delivered for Tuath Housing Association in Dublin City. The original 19th century housing units were significantly below current area standards and qualitative requirements. On completion, the regeneration has provided a total of 19 apartments and 3 terraced houses fit for modern living.
While the buildings are not registered as protected structures, they are rated by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) using the current criteria, as being of ‘Regional’ importance by virtue of the buildings being representative of late nineteenth century public housing, and so retain social significance due to architectural, historic and social values. The design solution sought to retain the building’s features of significance, while upgrading the layouts and fabric of the dwellings to comply with current housing standards.
The original sliding sash windows, timber shop front, granite window cills and cast iron railings were retained and restored to ensure the character of the structure remained inherent.
Sand cement pointing was replaced with lime based pointing throughout to promote breathability of the existing solid masonry construction. Modern interventions, such as the steel framed balconies offer private open space to the apartment units, while creating a clear and distinct contrast between the old and new.
”This is a really significant project for Tuath and shows our innovation, trying to regenerate inner city centres. It follows the Housing For All strategy of making greener construction by using the buildings that are in place to restore where possible. It was built in the 1880s as part of the first social housing projects in the country so it was important to retain that history.Marie McNamaraDevelopment Manager, Tuath Housing