Cork City Council has been shortlisted in several categories under the ICSH Allianz Social Housing Awards 2021 and is inviting the public to vote in the competition. Voting opened on Monday 6th September at 8.00am and will close at midnight Monday the 13th of September. The ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards showcase innovative and sustainable social housing projects that are undertaken by local authorities and housing bodies across Ireland. The three projects that have been shortlisted are:
- Accommodation Placement Service Unit- Housing Management Category
- Competitive Dialogue Procurement and Planning Procedure- Most Creative Supply Category
- Shandon Street/John Philpott Curran Street Project- Regeneration Category
In addition, all projects are entered for the Public Choice Award, where the public are invited to view the various projects and vote on the Irish Council for Social Housing website.
- Cork City Council took over responsibility for the Homeless Persons Unit from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Cork City Council aimed to create a centralised office space for this service, and to create a welcoming and efficient placement service for the those effected by homelessness in the city This project is designed to provide a high-quality centralised Accommodation Placement Service to provide suitable facilities for both those who interact with the service and the staff managing the facility. The project required the sourcing of a suitable city centre location and the conversion of an existing commercial premises to provide the highest standards of service and to provide a focus on individual solutions and supports for those who are impacted by homelessness.
- Cork City Council Housing Directorate has designed and implemented an integrated Competitive Dialogue Procurement & Planning Procedure to deliver and construct hundreds of social housing units across the city as a response to the homelessness and housing crisis. The objective of the procedure is to provide a streamlined solution to the housing delivery requirements in its central urban area, currently hampered by various constraints, ranging from scarcity and complexity of available sites to stakeholder and other concerns. The Competitive Dialogue Procurement & Planning model developed and adapted by the Council is based on the adoption of an EU procurement procedure and integrating it with local authority Part 8 planning procedures all within an overarching Competitive Dialogue wherein the Procurement Authority engages transparently, proportionally, and equally with all the stakeholders ranging from land owners, developers, designers, host communities, elected members to the DHPLG.
- The Shandon Street/John Philpott Curran Street Project focused on the regeneration, conservation, and construction of derelict and protected 18th Century townhouses on the corner of Shandon Street and John Philpott Curran Street, as well as an adjacent nearby infill corner site, in one of the oldest parts of Cork city, to provide a total of 9 apartments for social housing and to restore the integrity of this historic urban block. The project has revitalised this important entry point to Cork City, with innovative renovation of an historic structure and provision of architecturally appropriate new housing, raising the sustainability of the neighbourhood and demonstrating how such buildings can be returned to life.