Hyde Park Social Housing

Project name and location

Hyde Park Social Housing, Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork

Project details

This was a brownfield set aside for social and affordable accommodation in the heart of Cork City. It consisted of 32 houses spread over 5 terraces as well as a three storey block of 18 apartments. The housing development was designed and built in accordance with the Department of Environment “Quality Housing for Sustainable Communities” best practice guidelines.

All units had their own solar water heating panels and all rainwater runoff was collected in an underground storm water attenuation tank. The units were draught sealed which ensured that energy ratings exceeding project requirements.

Some ground floor apartments were designed to the guidelines and principles outlined in ‘Wheelchair Housing Design Guide’ by Habinteg Housing Association which included wheelchair access to the rear gardens.

This project was completed in one of the coldest winters on record and special precautions were put in place to ensure that the quality and delivery of the project were kept to schedule.

The challenge

At a late stage on this project the client decided that access was required to solar panels on the 3rd floor roof. As it stood, access was not available due to the tightness of the building with the neighbouring laundry 

How we overcame the challenge

Clancy designed and constructed a bespoke platform that allowed access from the 3rd floor to complete the work.


This project was delivered on time and within budget

Works Contractor and PSCS

This project was constructed in Cork City Centre within a live residential environment area.

This project involved the construction of 50 three storey social residential units for Cork City Council in Cork City Centre/Inner City comprising of 32 houses and 18 apartments. Also on Tory Top Road a new watermain and foul sewer were installed along a live existing road, involving extensive traffic and pedestrian management. Under the new building regulations, all new houses require an air tightness test. The aim of the testing is to reduce energy losses from the dwelling in the form of air leakage by identifying areas that are experiencing unwanted air leakage.  The air tightness test, or pressure testing, is a non-destructive check of unwanted ventilation, resulting from poor building detail & finishes. A performance level of 10m3/ (hr.m2) is quoted in Part L as the ‘reasonable upper limit for air permeability. BER Ireland performed Air Tightness Tests on a sample number of dwellings in Tory Top Road and achieved excellent results when compared with the minimum standards set down in the Buildings Regulations Part L. These results are used as a fundamental element of the BER assessments for each dwelling. An A1 BER was achieved for this project.