Taking an innovative approach to funding, Circle Voluntary Housing Association (VHA) entered into a public-private investment arrangement with AIB, one of the largest private financing packages by any AHB in the country. With the safeguard for the ongoing development of social housing, Circle VHA, in conjunction with Meath County Council, brought to market Castle Court Apartment Complex in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, a modern development of eight, two-bedroom apartments over two floors and two blocks, designed with older persons or those with mobility impairments in mind.
A stones throw from the local town, church and activities, the vision for the complex was to create a community which met the needs of tenants as they age. It incorporates space for visiting carers and family members, security with individual front door access via common lobby area, accessible lift access, designated disability parking, a low-cost heating system and an en-suite wet room in the bathroom to reduce accidents. The apartments also have built in sensors to record temperature, moisture, movement and noise data to facilitate the improvement of new homes in the future.
Circle VHA’s partnership funding partnership with AIB will enable Circle to deliver 300 high quality social and affordable homes within a two-year period.