This residential development forms part of the larger Masterplan for the Clonmagadden Strategic Development Zone in Navan.
With the SDZ divided in four large plots connected by a new internal spine Road, the scheme forms the western entrance to the new SDZ and adjoins the northern perimeter of the town. The development incorporates a mix of traditional residential typologies; semi detached houses with high density terraced houses and a variety of apartment typologies. Existing agricultural landscape features such as mature hedgerows are retained and integrated in a network of green spaces. The diversity and connectivity of green spaces ranging form small local squares and pocket parks to tree lined roads and the linear park allow for a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood and high permeability of the development.
With the requirement of 2 spaces per house, particular emphasis was given to the layout and organisation of parking spaces. To avoid a streetscape dominated by cars, all access roads have one sided on-street car parking interspersed with trees. Designated parking clusters are woven into the fabric of the houses to accommodate the additional spaces. These clusters are designed to double as flexible communal spaces to allow for future changes of user patterns in car ownership. They allow for future integration of shared home offices, recycling facilities, alternative energy supply and heating systems etc. Together with the landscaped shared surfaces that allow short term access to all houses they form a diverse network of spaces rather than roads.
The shared surface flows as one material through the development and connects all residential units, green spaces and communal infrastructure. The houses are anchored on a layer of hard landscaping that accommodates the sloping topography, entrances, boundary walls, as well as all services and forms a threshold to the semi private shared surface.
The internal residential clusters are characterized by a “wide” plan based on traditional rural houses. With a shallow but wide plan they allow for maximised sunlight penetration, flexibility in floor layouts and future expansion. The units vary in size from 3 bed rooms to 2 bed room starter homes but share the same section with an optional attic conversion.