Positioned in the centre of Athlone Connaught Street, ‘Harry’s Lane’ is a contemporary residential development which sits on a prominent corner location between Athlone’s Harry’s Lane, Connaught Street and Patrick Street. This proposal forms the basis of an urban renewal scheme, which achieves the removal of derelict buildings and regeneration of a section of the Connaught Street, Harry’s Lane, and Patrick Street, to be replaced with professionally managed accommodation which meets the highest standards. The new build development comprises 29 apartments ranged over 4-5 floors.
The brick and precast concrete building with recessed balconies has been designed to sit comfortably within the historic Town Centre Architectural Conservation Area while also providing a landmark building on a corner site. Taking cues from the surrounding buildings, the proposed development is split into horizontal bands with a clear retail element at ground floor, providing active frontage and street level interest. This is defined by a change in material to precast concrete and wraps around the corner of Connaught Street and Harry’s Lane.
The apartments are arranged around a generously proportioned courtyard located between the new facades on Harry’s Lane and Patrick Street, bringing underused back land area into use as high quality amenity space for residents with good daylight penetration from the south.
In addition to the apartments achieving A3 BER rating the development also incorporates green roofs.
Retail and resident’s amenity uses at ground level create an active frontage onto the busy commercial street in addition to the residential entrances. Car parking, bicycle storage and other residents’ facilities are all located in a semi-basement accessed from the steeply sloping Harry’s Lane, and out of sight to the rear of the commercial units.
Client: Ledbro Ltd
Gross Floor Area: 3716.5m2
Architect: Crawford Architecture
Structural Engineer: JJ Campbell and Associates
Landscape Architect: Landscape Design Services
Transport Engineer: Transport Insights
Illustrations: S Design Illustration