Tooting Meadow, Scarlet Street is a high-quality development located in the centre of the historic town of Drogheda. In 2015 Louth County Council tendered for the development of the site and North & East Housing Association secured the tender to design and construct a new development of 15 homes under employer led construction. Given the regeneration objective for the disused fire station site, the project required an innovative design solution that enhanced the streetscape. The scheme, funded by DHPLG and HFA, demonstrates a strong collaborative approach to creatively designed housing delivery on local authority lands.
Constructed by Ganson, the scheme provides a mix of accommodation needs being addressed in one development and has facilitated the provision of homes to a range of family categories. Dwellings either have private gardens or spacious apartment footprint loggia amenity spaces.
The design concept, by McKevitt King Architects, was to open the site to provide a visual connection between Scarlet Street and the mature trees and pocket park on the grounds of the Sienna Convent behind. The development respects the design, scale and height of its surrounds. In 2020 the development won the prestigious Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Peoples’ Choice awards.