Masterplan Riverlands, New Ross (IRL) – Riverlands forms a new urban plan for the west bank of New Ross in County Wexford. The urban concept proposes to develop a new river that contrasts sharply with the colorful buildings and stone quays of New Ross town center on the east bank. For the river area it has been proposed to develop much greener banks with different types of housing in order to develop a new urban fringe on the River Barrow.
The plan is divided into a series of blocks between which green strips in the form of parks are located. These spaces are directly accessible from the houses, and are largely free of traffic, making them safe and social control prevails. The allotment system is designed to make the housing types interchangeable. The houses are also so scattered in the composition of the plan that an informal rhythm is created that is reminiscent of living in a village. The allotments are long, and surrounded by hedges that add to the village atmosphere.
The park strips run to the surrounding dike that borders the Barrow. Here are plantings of existing oaks. The river forms a natural area of high ecological value through which the ebb and flow of the Barrow can be experienced. From a path on the embankment there are views of the river and the other side of New Ross. The path borders the park areas on the inside of the dike. The houses are designed with a work room and a parking space on the ground floor. This makes the living space higher, so that there is a view of the river. At some of the houses bordering the park areas, the surface of the park has been raised in the form of an embankment that rises to the level of the first floor. These houses have a garden that runs directly from the dike to the park.
Client: Rosbercon Developments
Team: O Mahony Pike Architects, REDscape: Patrick Mc Cabe, Jaco Woltjer (Architect) i.c.w. O Mahony Pike Architects