Tuesday 24 April 2018

In Pictures: New look for Priory Hall after complete refurbishment

Priory Hall has been reworked and relaunched as New Priory with a complete refurbishment

A new priory unit enjoys floor-to-ceiling windows.
A new priory unit enjoys floor-to-ceiling windows.
Liadan Hynes

Liadan Hynes

Originally built in 2007 by former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely, the Priory Hall complex was revealed to be suffering from serious structural and fire safety regulation issues in 2011. The apartments were evacuated by order of the High Court, with the debts of all owners eventually being written off by the banks after a long, painful struggle for the families concerned. Buy-to-let owners received a moratorium on their mortgage payments.

In 2013, Dublin City Council took over the task of refurbishing the 187 apartment units, with costs estimated at approximately €30m. The first phase of this project, New Priory, comes to the market this week.

Exterior of the Development
Exterior of the Development

The work involved what has essentially been a rebuilding of the original apartments and basement area, which were found to have severe breaches of health and safety requirements, and were described at the time as a fire trap.

A second block of units, to be completed next year, currently stands as a testament to the extensive nature of the refurbishment; pared back to nothing but the basic shell of the structure, the concrete floors and supporting columns between rooms are all that remain of the original structure.

The council's extensive programme of works has included the replacement of all external and internal walls, floors, ceilings, fixtures and joinery including doors, skirting boards and architraves. The new external walls and windows now include insulation and fire-stopping measures.

These apartments have been given new fitted bathrooms and kitchens with new fridge-freezers, washing machines, ovens, hobs and extractor fans. Contemporary style kitchens are by Kitchen Elegance, with a white high-gloss lacquered finish and stainless steel door handles and soft hinges, sinks and taps. All master bedrooms come with en suites.

External areas have been landscaped
External areas have been landscaped

The mechanical and electrical installations within the apartments have been completely renewed, including the fitting of new gas boilers, radiators, fans, wiring, pipe work, and valves. Obviously, standard fire protection and fire alarm measures have been installed, with new fire detection measures, emergency lighting, smoke ventilation and fire fighting equipment fitted throughout.

The original roofs are being replaced by new, insulated roof constructions. Balconies have been insulated and water-proofed with new coverings, and new guardrails have been installed. All communal areas have been fully overhauled, with new floors, lifts and stairs. Outside, all original footpaths, roads and car-parking spaces were removed and re-laid, and external areas have been re-landscaped.

Technicalities aside, these apartments now present an opportunity to purchase a brand new apartment home at approximately €20,000 less than anything else equivalent currently available in the area. The BER rating of B1-B3 is the only thing distinguishing these units from an absolutely new build.

They would be ideal for two professionals, with the duplex units suitable for a family with one child.

Priory Hall bedroom
Priory Hall bedroom

The upper levels boast incredible views of the surrounding area stretching all the way to Howth, with the corner units enjoying dual aspect floor-to-ceiling windows that take full advantage of both the view and the available light.

This development, located on the Hole in the Wall Road, is well situated in terms of transport links and amenities. Clongriffin Dart station, which includes a 'park and ride' feature, is within a minute's walk, and the 15 and 29a buses pass nearby. Tesco Extra in Clare Hall Shopping Centre, which opens until midnight, is within walking distance, as is a large Eurospar. There will be a number of retail units as part of the completed development.

Malahide and Portmarnock villages are both within a short drive, and the city centre is approximately half an hour's drive away; less at times of lighter traffic. The 52-acre Father Collins Park is adjacent to the site and it includes two playgrounds, and a 1.5km cycling circuit. Belmayne Educate Together School is within walking distance.

This weekend's launch brings 43 units to the market, 30 of which are two-bedroom apartments, between 63-69sqm, priced from €165,000; 10 duplex units, 78-94sqm, priced from €195,000, and three one-bedroom apartments, 49sqm, priced from €145,000.

The extensive programme of works included the replacement of all floors, ceilings, fixtures, skirting boards and architraves
The extensive programme of works included the replacement of all floors, ceilings, fixtures, skirting boards and architraves

Price: From €145,000
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402
Viewing: Today, 2.30-4pm

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