Limerick architects Open Doors for the homeless

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Dermot Bannon launches the annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign with Lauren Walsh, 3, and Jessica Walsh, 5, for a worthy cause. Picture: Mark Stedman
ARCHITECTS in Limerick and nationwide will offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €55 to support the Simon Community.

ARCHITECTS in Limerick and nationwide will offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €55 to support the Simon Community.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities have now launched their eleventh annual RIAI Simon Open Door, and every cent of donations to architects will go directly to the Simon Communities in Ireland.

To date, €400,000 has been raised by the Irish public and architects, who are giving their time for free to support homeless services.

A number of Limerick architects have confirmed their intention to give their services for free on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10.

They are: Declan Gilleece & Associates, Sir Harry’s Mall; James Corbett Architect, 4 New Wellington Terrace, O’Connell Avenue and Praxis architecture at 1 Creagh House, Mary Street.

More architects in Limerick may sign up to the worthy endeavour over the coming weeks.

Robin Mandal, president of the RIAI, said they are currently seeing increased activity in the construction industry and the domestic sector, in particular, “is blossoming”.

“RIAI Simon Open Door gives the public a great opportunity to sit down with a registered architect and get ideas for house extensions, new builds, creating more space to suit a growing family, and making your house more energy efficient.

“Architects can provide advice on potential renovations if you’re thinking of buying a house. There is no project too big or small - architects can give advice on anything from extensions to insulation, boilers, storage, windows and lighting.

“We are proud as an institute to continue to raise money to combat homelessness throughout Ireland. We are encouraging people to visit their local RIAI registered architect’s office to get the best advice on building a home for the future and in turn to help the most worthy of causes,” said Mr Mandal.

Niamh Randall, spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland, said this “wonderful initiative raises much needed funds for the Simon Communities and supports our work addressing the housing and homelessness crisis all around Ireland.

“Homelessness and rough sleeping are growing rapidly; if we don’t move quickly and wisely long-term homelessness will become an epidemic,” she said.

Log on to www.simonopendoor.ie to book your one-hour consultation with an RIAI registered architect in your area.