National housing awards for Ballyporeen and Monard

South Tipperary scooped two prestigious national housing awards for residential schemes in Ballyporeen and Monard.

South Tipperary scooped two prestigious national housing awards for residential schemes in Ballyporeen and Monard.

Two beautiful projects, a South Tipperary County Council scheme in Ballyporeen and a housing project in Monard,were named as winners in two categories in the annual ICSH community housing awards.

At Monday’s meeting of South Tipperary County Council Chairman Cllr Michael Fitzgerald, who attended the awards ceremony in Salthill, said it was wonderful to see a national award for social housing coming to South Tipperary County council and he congratulated all involved in Cois Abhainn.

“It was a truly great achievement for the Council and all associated with the Ballyporeen housing scheme,” said Cllr. Fitzgerald who also congratulated everybody involved in the award winning scheme in Monard..

AT the Allianz Community Housing Awards held at the ICSH National Social Housing Conference in Galway South Tipperary received two awards. South Tipperary County Council was announced as category winners in the provision of Housing for families for their scheme in Ballyporeen(Cois Abhainn) The scheme consists of a range of two and three bedroom homes as well as a community crèche and playground and already has an active residents association.

This was then followed by Inis Housing Association who were announced as category winners of Part V Social Housing Projects for their scheme in Monard which provides ten homes and has incorporated innovative technologies including wood pellet boilers, grey water recycling and solar heating.

The awards, sponsored by Allianz, were presented by Deputy Mayor of the City of Galway, Frank Fahy at the ICSH conference dinner which over 300 delegates attended. Mr Donal McManus, Executive Director, ICSH commented, “a record number of submissions were received this year and the standard was exceptionally high which demonstrates the quality of social housing across the country”.

The Community Housing Awards were established by the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) in 2003 to recognise excellence in good design and housing management and strong links with the local community for local authorities, housing associations and co-operatives.

Ger Walsh, County Council Housing Officer said it was the first time the authority had been names as a winner in the national housing awards.

“Ballyporeen is a good example of the County council working in partnership with the local community.It is a very important development from a social and economic perspective, its a beautiful scheme,” he said.

The architects in the Ballyporeen development were Hennessy Doyle Clonmel and the contractor was Willie Stanley Presto Developers.