An artist's impression of how the development at Hyde Road will look once completed. Below is a photo of the flats when they were first occupied in 1955
THE Limerick Leader can today reveal the initial architects impressions for the long-awaited upgrade of the Hyde Road flats.
Refurbishment of the landmark apartment complex has begun after voluntary housing body Clúid and Limerick City and County Council exchanged contracts.
The project – estimated cost €3m – will see the derelict houses to be converted into 20 apartments, while there will be associated ground works and landscaping.
The scheme will comprise of seven two-bedroom apartments, plus nine two-bedroom and four three-bedroom townhouses.
New tenants are due in their homes within 12 months, and will be nominated from Limerick City and County Council’s housing waiting list, over 4,000.
Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon welcomed the news, saying: “The Hyde Road development marks another step along the road of providing excellent family homes for the people of Limerick. There is a long and happy history of families growing up in the complex, and I am delighted families will be back again living there in the coming years.”
The Hyde Road flats had become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, and many people had complained as to their derelict state, especially as it lay on a key tourist route into the city, where people arrive by coach. They were slated to be knocked.
The chief executive of the Clúid agency Brian O’Gorman said partnership is at the heart of this refurbishment project.
“We are excited to be involved in such a high-profile development. We hope this project will be seen alongside the precinct works to Colbert station, to continue and enhance this important area.”
Seamus O’Connor, the acting director of social development, said this redevelopment is just one phase of the rejuvenation of the Colbert Station area, making it a more attractive place to live.