Cork City Infill Housing and Conservation Project

In 2020/21, Cork City Council renovated two derelict 18th Century townhouses on the corner of Shandon Street and John Philpott Curran Street and infilled a site on the corner of John Philpott Curran Street and Cathedral Avenue to provide a total of nine sheltered housing apartments.

This has transformed the image of an urban block in the historic Shandon Quarter of the city, turning it from derelict to active, habitable, accessible and energy efficient accommodation, for occupation by elderly members of the local community.

Revitalising run-down urban streets with renovations of historic structures and architecturally appropriate new housing raises the sustainability of the neighbourhood by connecting into and reinforcing the network of existing local services. The long-term effect of such initiatives is that over time, they lift communities and transform people’s lives.