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award winning architects


New build residential

Parkmount Housing

Belfast | The Carvill Group | Completed 2003

Parkmount is an energy efficient urban housing scheme that achieved BRE EcoHomes ‘Very Good’ and helped to regenerate a neglected corner of north Belfast, transforming a derelict brownfield site into a secure and desirable place to live. The arc of the buildings responds to the dramatic landscape of the site, creating a sheltered communal space between the building and the wooded hill to the west, an optimistic landmark in a sometimes-bleak landscape.

The project provides healthy and cost effective housing using reliable technical solutions that are economical to run and maintain, including an array of 70 sqm of grid-connected photovoltaic panels. This approach can also be applied to all of the low-rise units in the future, as the step-up in building heights maximises the daylight potential for the photovoltaic panels by preventing overshadowing.


Selected achievements/publications:
RICS Awards 2003 ‘Sustainability’ winner
Green Apple Award 2003
Sustainable Architecture 2007
Sustainable Urban Design 2003
Photovoltaics and Architecture 2001
Architecture Today issue 158

For more information download a project PDF here.

The development stands out and has turned a piece of derelict land into a landmark. The flats are very easily maintained, spacious, eco-friendly and have views over Belfast Lough.
— William Hutchinson, Community Development Officer
I very much welcome the investment in new housing represented by this new and exciting development in the Shore Road area. The transformation of a previously derelict site into a landmark location is a good news story for the area.
— Nigel Dodds, MP for Belfast

© Photography by Tim Soar